Men's Golf Moves into a Tie for Third Place at NCAA West Regional
May 21, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - Bolstered by its two best players, the University of Arizona men's golf team shot a one-under 288 Friday and moved into a tie for third place at the 2004 NCAA West Regional at The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Chris Nallen and Henry Liaw each shot a four-under-par 68 Friday in leading the Wildcats to a two-round total of 575 (-1) and a tie for third place in the field of 27 teams. Arizona was one of just three teams in the top 10 places to post a sub-par round on Friday. Arizona is three-way tie for third place at 575 and just five strokes behind tournament-leader New Mexico (570). UCLA is in second place at 571 (-5).
The low-scoring duo of Nallen and Liaw used four-under tallies to move 17 places up the leaderboard into a four-way tie for first place. Through the first 36 holes, the senior and the freshman have identical 71-68=139 (-5) totals. Brigham Young's Oscar Olivares and UCLA's Travis Johnson also posted 139 totals heading into tomorrow's final round.
Also competing for Arizona was junior Nathan Lashley, who carded a four-over 76 and is currently tied for 51st place at 148 (+4). Freshmen Josh Esler, who carded a second-round 75, and Mark Lamb, who tallied a second-round 78, stand in a tie for 82nd place at 152 (+8).
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. New Mexico 570 (-6) 1. Travis Johnson, UCLA 66-73=139 (-5)2. UCLA 571 (-5) Oscar Olivares, BYU 69-70=139 (-5)3. ARIZONA 575 (-1) Chris Nallen, Arizona 71-68=139 (-5) Arizona State 575 (-1) Henry Liaw, Arizona 71-68=139 (-5) Brigham Young 575 (-1) 5. Five others tied at 140 (-4)