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Men's Golf Signs Pair to National Letters-of-Intent
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 01, 2000
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TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golf coach Rick LaRose announced Thursday that two student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play golf. Stephen Eshbach and Nathan Lashley will report to the school in the Fall of 2001.

Eshbach, a two-year letterman at Bonita Vista High School in Bonita, Calif., has extensive national and international experience to his credit. He was a member of the 1997 U.S. World Junior Golf Cup team that competed in Scotland. Eschbach earned San Diego Junior Golf Association Player-of-the-Year honors in 1995 and 1997 and was a member of the All-American Junior Tour team in 1997 and 1998. He has four top-10 finishes to his credit in AJGA events, with a career low of 66, and has earned Player of the Year, all-CIF and all-metro accolades in the San Diego area.

"Stephen is one of the most consistent junior players," said LaRose. "Technically, he's very sound and should develop into a top collegiate player. He's good now and should get a lot better."

Lashley, a three-year letterman at Mitchell High School in Scottsbluff, Neb., won the 2000 Nebraska Class C1 state championship with a two-round total of 141 (72-69). He is a three-time all-conference selection and has 10 victories and 17 top-three finishes to his credit. On the national scene, Lashley has advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2000 U.S. Junior Amateur, finished third at the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic and was a member of the Nebraska Junior Cup team. He also won qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship.

"Nathan is a big, strong athlete, much in the mold of Ricky Barnes," said LaRose. "He's a starter on his high school basketball team, just a great athlete. His potential may be unlimited."

The Arizona men's golf team, the reigning CGF National Intercollegiate Match Play Team Champions, open play this spring Jan. 29-30 at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz.

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