Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men's Golf Finishes Third at the Tucker Intercollegiate
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 16, 2000
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The University of Arizona men's golf team posted the lowest team total of the final round and earned a third-place finish Saturday at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats fired a final-round 285 (-3) and finished third in the 23-team field. Three of Arizona's five golfers scored at par or better as the Cats shaved eight strokes off its second-round deficit. BYU won the team competition with a total of 861 (-3), two strokes ahead of UNLV and four strokes in front of Arizona. Each of the top three team finishers are ranked in the top 20 of the MasterCard college golf poll.

Reid Hatley, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., led the Wildcats as he tied for third place. Hatley posted a four-under-par total of 140 in Saturday's 36 holes, including a final-round 69, to finish in the top three. He was one of two Arizona golfers to finish in the top 20. BYU's Billy Harvey won individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 207 (-9).

Freshman Chris Nallen turned in a strong performance, posting a top-20 finish in his first collegiate event. The Blairstown, N.Y., native posted a three-round total of 218 to finish in a tie for 18th place. Sophomore Ricky Barnes and junior Brandon Smith finished in a tie for 25th place at 219. Barnes' fired a final-round 72, his lowest round of the tournament.

Other Arizona finishers included junior Cody Beyer, who finished tied for 43rd at 223, and freshman Andy Connell, who finished tied for 81st at 230.

The 54-hole tournament was contested at the Championship Course, a par 72, 7,253-yard layout and hosted by the University of New Mexico. It is the second-oldest college golf tournament in the nation.

Arizona will next be in action on Sept. 24-26 at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Durham, N.C.

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