April 27, 2001
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The University of Arizona men's golf team stands in third place after the first day of play at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships Friday with a 36-hole total of 703.
With two rounds scheduled on Friday, the Wildcats carded its fifth and sixth consecutive rounds under par this spring and stand in third place. UA opened with a 352 (-3) and followed that with a 351 (-4) in the nightcap to tally a 703 (-7) for the day. USC leads the event at 693 (-17), four strokes ahead of second-place Arizona Sate (-13).
UA sophomore Ricky Barnes holds the individual lead after firing a 65-66=131 to close the first day at 11-under par. For Barnes, it was his best opening two rounds of golf since winning the Savane College All-America Golf Classic in November with a record-setting 196 total. He is three shots ahead of teammate Chris Nallen, who finished the day at 134 (-8). Nallen, a freshman from Blairstown, N.J., equaled a career low with a 66 in the opening round. He won last week's U.S. Intercollegiate on the same Stanford Golf Course.
Sophomore Reid Hatley is tied for 28th place at 143 (+1), while junior Cody Beyer is tied for 44th place at 147 (+5). Also competing for the Wildcats is freshman Andy Connell, who is tied for 50th at 149 (+7) and junior Ben Clark, who is tied for 52nd at 150 (+8).
After winning last week's U.S. Intercollegiate, Arizona seeks its second consecutive win and its first Pac-10 title since 1991.
The 72-hole Pac-10 Conference Championships are being contested at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The course is a par 71, 6,786-yard layout. The Pac-10 Championships reward overall team depth by counting the five best individual scores out of six competing players per round. The event is also scheduled for 72 holes. Most college tournaments count the best four scores out of five competitors and cover 54 holes.