Play Suspended at Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships Due to Darkness

April 26, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The test of playing 36 holes in the Arizona sunshine proved to be too much as play was suspended due to darkness Monday during the second round of the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships at The Gallery at Dove Mountain.

Play was suspended at 7:15 p.m. PDT during the day's second 18 holes. Tournament action will resume at 7 a.m. with the conclusion of the second round. Once the second round is complete, the teams will be re-paired for the start of the third round at 8:30 a.m.

Four teams, covering a total of seven players, have as many as two holes to play to complete the second round. Of the teams in the clubhouse, Arizona and Arizona State share the lead at even-par 360 through 36 holes. Both teams tallied a three-over 363 during the event's second round. The individual co-leaders with 36 holes complete are Arizona's Henry Liaw and Chris Nallen, who each tallied a two-round total of 139 (-5).

Tournament-host Arizona and Arizona State got off to good starts in the morning 18, as each carded three-under 357 totals in the opening round to grab a share of the lead. The Wildcats and Sun Devils were the only teams in the field of 10 to post an under-par total in the first 18 holes. Based on the completed first round results, Washington (365), Oregon (368) and UCLA (371) rounded out the top five places.

The Gallery proved to be a challenging test for some of the elite players of college golf, as just 15 players shot par or better in the opening round. Washington's Brock Mackenzie posted the best round of the day with an opening-round 67 (-5) to hold a two-shot lead over the field of 60. Liaw, Washington's Dan Potter and Arizona State's Chez Reavie were each tied for second place at three-under 69.

The Pac-10 Championships run through Wednesday at The Gallery at Dove Mountain, a par 72, 7,435-yard layout. The conference championship is determined by teams of six players with the low five scores for each round counting toward the team total.

Complete Round One Results

Team Standings         		Top Five Individuals1.  ARIZONA     	357 (-3)	1.  Brock Mackenzie, Washington  32-35=67 (-5)    Arizona State       357 (-3)	2.  Henry Liaw, Arizona  	 35-34=69 (-3)3.  Washington   	365 (+5)	    Dan Potter, Washington	 36-33=69 (-3)4.  Oregon	        368 (+8)	    Chez Reavie, Arizona State	 32-37=69 (-3)5.  UCLA	        371 (+11)	5.  Mike Derminio, Arizona State 33-37=70 (-2)6.  California	        377 (+17)	    Josh Esler, Arizona	         35-35=70 (-2)7.  USC           	378 (+18)	    Chris Nallen, Arizona	 34-36=70 (-2)8.  Stanford       	383 (+23)	    Peter Tomasulo, California	 34-36=70 (-2)9.  Oregon State	387 (+27)10. Washington State	389 (+29)

Arizona Finishers T2. Henry Liaw 35-34=69 (-3) T5. Josh Esler 35-35=70 (-2) T5. Chris Nallen 34-36=70 (-2) T11. Nathan Tyler 38-34=72 (E) T31. Mark Lamb 38-38=76 (+4) T36. Nathan Lashley 38-39=77 (+5)

2004 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships
April 26-28
The Gallery at Dove Mountain
Tucson, Ariz.
Hosted by the University of Arizona

First Round Quotes

Arizona Head Coach: Rick LaRose

'I don't like where we are at. We have three guys playing really well. They are in the top ten. The other three are in the bottom portion, and that is unacceptable.'

'We got what we wanted out of Chris (Nallen) and Josh (Esler). But we can't do anything about our position now, we can only worry about where we are going to go tomorrow.'

Arizona Senior Chris Nallen:

'I lost a bunch of opportunities today, I made absolutely no putts. I would have liked to have had those, but you can't make them all.'

'Tomorrow we have to cut back on the bogies and play a lot smarter. I have to start making my putts.'

Arizona Freshman Henry Liaw:

'I tried to play it safe most of the time. I got aggressive and pulled it pretty good.'

'I need to get more consistent off the tee. I feel really confident and tomorrow I'll go out there and execute.'

Arizona State Head Coach Randy Lein:

'Solid. Solid is the word I'd use to describe us today.'

'We played great golf on a difficult golf course. But we are used to desert golf and the surroundings.'

'We would always like to be better, we are tied with Arizona right now, but then again they have the home course advantage.'

Arizona State Senior Chez Reavie:

'I came out really well today. My putting was pretty bad, but other than that I had no mistakes.'

'The back nine was the most difficult for me. Like I said, my putter just wasn't working. It was all about the putting today, and that wasn't working for me.'

Oregon State Head Coach Brian Watts:

'It was embarrassing the way we played today. The golf course was in great condition, but our men did not come prepared to play today.'

'Hopefully we'll regroup this evening and come prepared to play tomorrow.'

Oregon State Senior Sean Deacon:

'I started out hitting really well. I just didn't make any putts and got a couple of bad breaks and fell apart at the end.'

'I just finished poorly.'

Washington Head Coach Matt Thurmond:

'Brock (Mackenzie) played outstanding today. We would have liked to play a lot better.'

'On this golf course, the good players are going to play well and the not so good player aren't going to play well.'

'If you keep it on the grass, you'll be good.'

Washington Senior Brock Mackenzie:

'I played solid. I knew it was going to be a long day. It's a pretty demanding course. I just kept it in play.'

Southern California Head Coach Kurt Schuette:

'We had a disappointing first round. We played strong the first nine in the afternoon round. Overall, we need to rally the troops. We made out fairly good. But we want to set ourselves up for a chance to make a run on Wednesday.'

Washington State Head Coach Walt Williams:

'[This is a] really hard golf course. Lots of our balls went into the desert. We struggled in the first round, by the second round we started to figure out the course.'

Oregon Head Coach Steve Nosler:

'Right now we're a young team. This experience is very valuable to the younger team members.'

'Right now we are fighting tooth and nail to qualify for the regional, but we are fighting extremely hard. We are just playing as hard as we can.'

'This is a marvelous course. The tournament structure has been marvelous along with the hospitality.'

'Today was a good day. It was a rough start. I doubled my first few holes. Most importantly today, I tried to stay patient.'

'This is an amazing golf course, probably one of the better ones we've played on. As ducks from the northwest we aren't used to the ninety degree weather.'

California Head Coach Steve Desimore:

'Wonderful golf course, we had wind all day. It came down to the better teams performing well. We struggled in our five and six spots. Out top-three did well. When you don't have the depth it's hard.'

California Senior Peter Tomasulo:

'I Didn't play great. I had a good morning.'

'It's a beautiful course, its just tough to come out and play 36 holes.'

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