Men's Golf Tied for 18th Place at 2004 NCAA Championships
June 1, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - With just one round better than par on the day, the University of Arizona men's golf team posted a 12-over-par 292 Tuesday and stands in a tie for 18th place at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Hot Springs, Va.
On a day in which only one team in the field of 30 broke par, Arizona posted a 12-over 292 during the first round of play at the to tie for 18th place. The opening round tally was Arizona's highest since Sept. Oct. 6, a span of 31 rounds. California leads the tournament with a one-under 279 total, one stroke ahead of Brigham Young. TCU (281), Auburn (283) and Kentucky (283) round out the top-five places.
Three of the players in the UA lineup performed well, cumulatively finishing the day at four-over par. But the remaining two spots in the lineup combined for an 18-over-par tally, which kept the Wildcats out of the tournament's top 10.
Senior Chris Nallen carded an opening-round 69 (-1) and is tied for ninth place after the first round. For Nallen, it was 22nd round at par or better in 26 rounds played this spring. Nallen is currently four shots off the pace set by California's Jeff Hood, who leads the 156-man field with a five-under 65.
Freshmen Mark Lamb and Josh Esler each performed admirably in their NCAA Championship debuts. Lamb shot a two-over 72 and is tied for 51st place, while Esler tallied a three-over 73 and is tied for 65th place.
The 72-hole 2004 NCAA Championships continue through Friday at The Homestead Resort's Cascades Golf Course, a par-70, 6,679-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals1. California 279 (-1) 1. Jeff Hood, California 33-32=65 (-5)2. Brigham Young 280 (E) 2. Kevin Kinser, Georgia 33-33=66 (-4)3. TCU 281 (+1) Adam Meyer, TCU 32-34=66 (-4)4. Auburn 283 (+3) 4. Ryan Moore, UNLV 34-33=67 (-3) Kentucky 283 (+3) Jeff Overton, Indiana 33-34=67 (-3)