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Men's Golf Finishes Second at Year's First Tournament
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/12/1999
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Johnson City, Tenn. The University of Arizona men's golf team opened the 1999-2000 season by placing second at the Bank of Tennessee/The Ridges Intercollegiate tournament, which wrapped up today at The Ridges Golf Course (par-72, 7,055 yards). The UA, which fielded a team comprised of three freshmen, one sophomore and a senior, carded a 54-hole total of 11-over-par and finished five shots behind first place Oklahoma. The Sooners won the tournament with a 6-over-par 860 total. Virginia was third at 879, South Carolina finished fourth with a 885 and North Carolina rounded out the top-five at 888. Individually, North Carolina's Max Harris won medalist honors after shooting a 5-under-par 211 (71-69-71). The big story for Arizona was the performance of freshman Patrick Norris (Orlando, Fla), who was the runner-up in his first collegiate tournament after carding a 3-under-par 213 (71-69-73) to finish three shots off the lead. Wildcat sophomore Cody Beyer (Tucson, Ariz.) tied for 16th with a 5-over-par 221 (70-77-74) and senior Derek Gillespie (Oshawa, Ontario) was the next Wildcat on the leaderboard, tying for 25th at 7-over-par 223. After opening with rounds of 75 and 79 yesterday, Gillespie bounced back this afternoon and carded a final round score of 3-under-par 69. Arizona's other two freshmen rounded out the lineup. Reid Hatley (Spokane, Wash.) tied for 31st at 8-over-par 224 (75-75-74) and Ricky Barnes (Stockton, Calif.) tied for 38th with a 9-over-par 225 (74-74-77). Arizona will return to action on Oct. 1-2, at the W.H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
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