Palo Alto, Calif. The University of Arizona men's golf team finished tied for sixth place at the Nelson Invitational after posting its highest round of the 54-hole tournament. The Wildcats were in fifth place after two rounds but slipped one spot after shooting a 292 today at the Stanford Golf Course (Par-71, 6,756 yards) to finish with an 8-over-par 860 total (289-279-292).
Stanford won the tournament on its home course with a 5-under-par 847 to finish one stroke better than Fresno State. The Bulldogs entered the day tied for first place with Northwestern, but finished in second place at 4-under-par 848. Northwestern was third at 1-over-par 853.
Individually, Tulsa's Martin Maritz led wire-to-wire and won the tournament by one shot with a 10-under-par 203. Northwestern's Jess Daley shot his best round of the tournament with a 66 today, but finished in second place at 9-under-par 204.
Arizona had two golfers place in the top ten as senior Derek Gillespie posted a 3-under-par 210 (68-71-71) to finish tied for 4th, and freshman Ricky Barnes finished tied for 10th at 2-under-par 211 (71-68-72). Sophomore Cody Beyer tied for 30th at 4-over-par 217, freshman Reid Hatley tied for 83rd at 14-over-par 227 and freshman Patrick Norris rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats by tying for 97th at 18-over-par 231.
The Wildcats completed the fall season with four top-ten finishes in five tournaments. Their highest finish was second place at the Ridges Intercollegiate in September. Arizona will open the 2000 spring season at home with the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate on Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at the Raven Golf Club.
T6. Arizona 289-279-292-860
T4. Derek Gillespie 68-71-71-210 (-3)
T10. Ricky Barnes 71-68-72-211 (-2)
T30. Cody Beyer 78-65-74-217 (+4)
T83. Reid Hatley 77-75-75-227 (+14)
T97. Patrick Norris 73-80-78-231 (+18)