Men's Golf Earns Multiple All-Region Honors

May 27, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Three members of the University of Arizona men's golf team earned all-region honors Thursday from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Wildcat head coach Rick LaRose was named the Eaton Golf Pride Pacific Region Coach of the Year, while senior Chris Nallen and freshman Henry Liaw were named to the all-Pacific Region team. LaRose is now a candidate for the Dave Williams Eaton Golf Pride National Coach of the Year award, while Nallen and Liaw are under consideration for PING All-America honors.

Now in his 26th year as the Arizona head coach, LaRose guided a lineup that featured as many as four freshmen to four tournament victories this spring. Included in that string of victories was the 2004 Pac-10 championship, the program's first since 1991. All told, the Wildcats have seven top-three finishes in 12 stroke play tournaments this season, and the team's 71.90 countable stroke average is the lowest in school history. Last week, Arizona qualified for its 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional.

Nallen, a native of Hackettstown, N.J., earned all-Pacific Region honors for the fourth time in his career. Through 14 appearances this season, he has a 69.95 stroke average, which is the lowest in school history. Nallen has won a school-record four tournaments in 2003-04 and has four additional top-10 finishes. Twenty-nine of his 39 rounds played this season have been at par or better, including an 18-under-par 195 total in winning the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 3. Nallen was one of five first team All-Americans from 2003 to earn a repeat selection.

Liaw, a Rowland Heights, Calif., product, garnered all-Pacific Regional honors after posting eight top-20 finishes and a 71.72 stroke average in 13 appearances in 2003-04. He captured individual medalist honors at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships with a nine-under 279 total. Liaw has been exceptionally good this spring with seven sub-par tournament totals and a 70.32 stroke average in those eight events.

Liaw was also among five players named to the GCAA's all-Freshman team. The winner of the Phil Mickelson Award, which is presented to the outstanding freshman in NCAA Division I golf, will be selected from the all-Freshman team following the national championships.

Sixth-ranked Arizona will next be in action at the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, which are scheduled for June 1-4 at The Homestead Resort's Cascades Golf Course in Hot Springs, Va.

Golf Coaches Association of America
All-Pacific Region Team

Alejandro Ca�izares, Arizona State
Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly
Nico Bollini, USC
Steve Conway, UCLA
Scott Gordon, UC-Davis
Travis Johnson, UCLA
Henry Liaw, Arizona
Brock Mackenzie, Washington
John Merrick, UCLA
Ryan Moore, UNLV
Chris Nallen, Arizona
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine
Chez Reavie, Arizona State
Brendan Steele, UC-Riverside
Peter Tomasulo, California
Coach of the Year: Rick LaRose, Arizona

Golf Coaches Association of America
All-Freshman Team

Anthony Kim, Oklahoma
Henry Liaw, Arizona
Luke List, Vanderbilt
Brendon Todd, Georgia
Casey Wittenberg, Oklahoma State

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