May 19, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Arizona men's golf team shot a one-over-par 289 Saturday and finished in second place at the NCAA West Regional. The Wildcats earned its 16th consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships.
Arizona's final-round 289 (+1) was good enough to give the squad a three-round total of 867 (+3) for the tournament and clinch runner-up honors. Arizona State won the 27-team event by 15 strokes with an 852 total (-12). UC-Irvine (871), Pacific (872)and South Carolina (880) rounded out the top five.
UA freshman Chris Nallen continued his run of strong play and finished the tournament tied for fourth place at 213 (-3). The Blairstown, N.J. native, who has been under par in seven of his last 10 rounds, has top five finishes in each of his last three tournaments. He finished five strokes behind co-winners Kyle Thompson of South Carolina and Matt Jones of Arizona State, who each finished with a three-round total of 208 (-8).
Also playing well for the Wildcats was junior Cody Beyer. He equaled his best finish of the season with a tie for sixth place at 214 (-2). Beyer fired a final-round 69 en route to his second top-10 finish of the year. Teammate Reid Hatley finished tied for 34th place at 222 (+6). He tallied a 73 on Saturday.
Sophomore Ricky Barnes posted a one-over-par 73 and moved up 22 spots on the leader board Saturday. His 223 total (+7) tied him for 38th place in the 141-man field. Freshman Andy Connell finished in a tie for 77th place with a 227 total (+11).
Arizona is one of 10 teams and two individuals that qualified from the West Regional for the NCAA Championships, May 30-June 2, in Durham N.C.