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)

Arizona Finishers T1. Henry Liaw 71-68=138 (-5) T1. Chris Nallen 71-68=139 (-5) T51. Nathan Lashley 72-76=148 (+4) T82. Mark Lamb 74-78=152 (+8) T82. Josh Esler 77-75=152 (+8)

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