Men's Golf Jumps into the Top 10 at 2004 NCAA Championships

June 2, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona got strong efforts from the majority of its lineup Wednesday and moved into the top 10 at the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Hot Springs, Va.

A day after posting its highest team total in a single round since October, three Wildcats shot par or better as the club posted a one-over-par 281 Wednesday and stands in a tie for eighth place after 36 holes with a 13-over 573 total. After starting the day in a tie for 18th place, Arizona was one of just three teams in the field of 30 to post a team score within one stroke of par in the second round and its 10-spot move up the leaderboard was the biggest of the day.

California remained in the overall lead through two rounds of play. The Golden Bears lead the field by one stroke with a 568 (+8) total. Kentucky (569), Brigham Young (570), Washington (571) and Pepperdine (571) round out the top five places.

Once again, senior Chris Nallen led the way for the Wildcats, as he carded a second-round 67 (-3) to jump into a tie for the individual lead at four-under-par 136. Nallen's tally on Wednesday was the second-best score of the day and moved him into a three-way tie for first in the 156-man field with California's Jeff Hood and Kentucky's Matt Wells.

Freshmen Mark Lamb continues to play well at the national championship, as the Haddington, Scotland, native fired a one-under 69 and stands in a tie for 19th place at 141. Fellow freshman Henry Liaw, the reigning Pac-10 individual medalist, rebounded from a tough opening round with an even-par 70. He is tied for 88th place at 148 (+8).

Also competing for Arizona was freshman Josh Esler, who carded an 11-over 81, is tied for 139th place at 154 (+14). Junior Nick Juszczak, who posted a second-round 75 (+5), is tied for 144th place at 155 (+15).

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	    568 (+8)	1.  Jeff Hood, California	65-71=136 (-4)2.  Kentucky	    569 (+9)	    Chris Nallen, Arizona	69-67=136 (-4)3.  Brigham Young   570 (+10)	    Matt Wells, Kentucky	68-68=136 (-4)4.  Washington	    571 (+11)	4.  Ryan Moore, UNLV	        67-70=137 (-3)    Pepperdine	    571 (+11)	    A.J. Elgert, Kansas State	68-69=137 (-3)		                    Travis Johnson, UCLA	69-68=137 (-3)

Arizona Finishers T1. Chris Nallen 69-67=136 (-4) T19. Mark Lamb 72-69=141 (+1) T88. Henry Liaw 78-70=148 (+8) T139. Josh Esler 73-81=154 (+14) T144. Nick Juszczak 80-75=155 (+15)

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