Men's Golf in Eighth Place After First Round of NCAA West Regional

May 20, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team carded an opening-round 288 Thursday and is in eighth place at the 2004 NCAA West Regional at The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

The Wildcats played solid but not spectacular golf en route to its even par tally in the 54-hole event. All four countable scores towards the team total were within two strokes of par, but none better than one-under. Arizona's 288 (E) total placed the team eighth, just five strokes behind tournament-leader UCLA at 283 (-5). New Mexico (284) and San Diego State (285) rounded out the top three places.

Arizona, which is looking for its 18th consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships, used a lineup consisting of one senior, one junior and three freshman. All told, only one UA player in the five-man lineup, senior Chris Nallen, had any previous NCAA Regional experience

As has been the case for the entire spring, the Wildcats were led by the duo of Nallen and freshman Henry Liaw. Both players currently are tied for 17th place after shooting one-under 71s on Thursday. Nallen gave the team a bit of a lift on the back nine, as he posted a two-under 34 to move his total into red numbers and keep the team in the top 10 places. UCLA's Travis Johnson leads the 156-man field with a six-under 66.

Also playing solid golf for Arizona was junior Nathan Lashley, who carded an even-par 72 and is tied for 25th place. Lashley is two strokes ahead of teammate Mark Lamb who shot a two-over 74 and is tied for 50th place. Freshman Josh Esler rounded out the UA lineup with a five-over 77. Currently, Esler is in a tie for 96th place.

The 2004 NCAA West Regional continues through Friday at The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, a par-72, 7,597-yard layout. The top 10 teams and two individuals will qualify for the 2004 NCAA Championships, June 1-4, in Hot Springs, Va.

Team Standings   		Top Five Individuals1.  UCLA	   283 (-5)	1.  Travis Johnson, UCLA	     34-32=66 (-6)2.  New Nexico	   284 (-4)	2.  Justin Bertsch, Toledo	     32-36=68 (-4)3.  Arizona State  286 (-2)	3.  Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State  34-35=69 (-3)    Brigham Young  286 (-2)	    Spencer Levin, New Mexico	     34-35=69 (-3)    Toledo	   286 (-2)	    Ryan Moore, UNLV    	     33-36=69 (-3)    USC  	   286 (-2)	    John Poucher, UCLA  	     32-37=69 (-3)     		                    Oscar Olivares, BYU 	     34-35=69 (-3)

Arizona Finishers T17. Henry Liaw 36-35=71 (-1) T17. Chris Nallen 37-34=71 (-1) T25. Nathan Lashley 36-36=72 (E) T50. Mark Lamb 37-37=74 (+2) T96. Josh Esler 37-40=77 (+5)

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