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.

Also competing for Arizona was freshman Henry Liaw, who carded an eight-over 78, is tied for 141st place. Junior Nick Juszczak posted a first-round 80 (+10) and is tied for 150th 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)

Arizona Finishers T9. Chris Nallen 33-36=69 (-1) T51. Mark Lamb 34-38=72 (+2) T65. Josh Esler 35-38=73 (+3) T141. Henry Liaw 39-39=78 (+8) T150. Nick Juszczak 41-39=80 (+10)

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