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Arizona Men's Golfers Win NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 20, 2000
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Madera, Calif. The eighth-ranked University of Arizona men's golf team won the 2000 NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship today at Riverbend Golf Course (Par-72, 6,966 yards). Capturing their first NCAA West Regional title since 1993, the Wildcats finished with a three-round total of 25-under-par 839 and won the championship by four strokes over UNLV and Brigham Young. The UA entered the final round in second place and trailed BYU by one shot, but fired a 281 today to win the title, which was its third overall tournament win of the year. The Wildcats will now set their sights on the NCAA Championship, which is set for May 31 - June 3, in Auburn, Ala.

Following the top-three were USC, who placed fourth at 848, New Mexico (850) and Fresno State and Arizona State, which tied for sixth at 851.

The individual championship was won by Pepperdine's Michael Beard. He carded a 65 today and won with a three-round total of 12-under-par 204. Arizona's top finisher was freshman Reid Hatley, who finished in a four-way tie for fifth at 6-under-par 210. Hatley shot a 69 today to move from a tie for 18th into a tie for fifth.

Arizona senior Derek Gillespie entered the day in a tie for first, but shot a 2-over-par 74 and dropped to a nine-way tie for ninth at 5-under-par 211. Also included in that group who tied for ninth at 211, was Arizona sophomore Cody Beyer, who shot a 72 today.

UA freshman Ricky Barnes shot a 70 today and finished in a six-way tie for 18th at 4-under-par 212. The final member of the first place Arizona lineup was Scott Moore, who tied for 60th at 3-over-par 219.

"We played very consistent golf and we never got ahead of ourselves," said Arizona head coach Rick LaRose. "Everyone of these players worked real hard - it was a blue collar effort. They grinded their way out there and I couldn't be more proud of them. We've played real solid since January. If we are peaking, it's a great time to peak."

With the win by the UA men today, they matched the NCAA West Regional title that was also won by the top-ranked Arizona women back on May 13.

Arizona Individuals                                     Top-Five Teams
T5. Reid Hatley 	73-68-69210 (-6)       1. Arizona      280-278-281839 (-25)
T9. Derek Gillespie     68-69-74211 (-5)       T2. UNLV        283-281-279843 (-21)
T9, Cody Beyer  	70-69-72211 (-5)       T2. BYU         276-281-286843 (-21)
T18. Ricky Barnes       70-72-70212 (-4)       4. USC          285-275-288848 (-16)
T60. Scott Moore        72-77-70219 (+3)       5. New Mexico   284-281-285850 (-14)
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