May 18, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Arizona men's golf team shot a one-over-par 289 Friday and moved into third place at the NCAA West Regional.
Arizona, which won the West Regional last season, was one of only three teams to be within a stroke of par or better on the day and sits in third place with a two-round total of 578 (+2). The Wildcats, seeking its 16th consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships, are 18 strokes off the pace of tournament leader Arizona State. ASU leads the 27-team field by 17 strokes with a two-round 560 (-16). California-Irvine is in second place with a 577 total (+1).
UA freshman Chris Nallen continued his run of strong play and finished play on Friday in fourth place. The Blairstown, N.J. native, who has been under par in seven of his last nine rounds, carded a second-round 69 and is at 139 (-5) for the tournament. He trails tournament-leader Matt Jones, who stands at 135 (-9) after 36 holes.
Also playing well for the Wildcats was junior Cody Beyer. He is currently tied for 16th place at 145 (+1). The Tucson, Ariz., native fired an even-par 72 in Saturday's second round. Teammates Reid Hatley and Chris Nallen are both tied for 42nd place at 145 (+5). Both players tallied 74s on Saturday.
Sophomore Ricky Barnes is tied for 60th place at 150 (+6). Barnes shot a 79 Saturday to end a string of five consecutive rounds under par. It was his highest round of the season.
Play in the 54-hole event continues through Saturday at Trysting Tree Golf Club, a par 72, 7,060-yard layout. The top 10 teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 30-June 2, in Durham N.C.