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Men's Golfers Move Up to Fourth Place at the NCAA Golf Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/02/2000
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Opelika, Ala. After tying an NCAA Championship record and establishing school record with a round of 19-under-par 269 today, the Arizona men's golf team vaulted to fourth place after three rounds of the NCAA Championships at the Grand National Lake Course (Par-72, 7,003 yards). With all five golfers shooting rounds of 68 or better today, Arizona now has a 54-hole total of 20-under-par 844 and trails first place Oklahoma State by 12 shots heading into tomorrow's final round of the 72-hole tournament. Arizona equaled the 19-under total set by UNLV in the second round of the 1998 NCAA Championship.

Arizona's top individual is freshman Ricky Barnes, who shot a 4-under-par 68 today. He is now in a two-way tie for fourth place and is 10 shots off the lead with a 54-hole total of 10-under-par 206 (70-68-68).

The Wildcats tremendous day was led by senior Scott Moore, who carded a career-best round with a 6-under-par 66 (34-32). Sparked by four birdies on the back nine, he moved up from 111st and into to a tie for 42nd at even-par 206 (77-73-66). Senior Derek Gillespie had his best round of the tournament, carding a 67 (33-34) this afternoon and is now in a nine-way tie for 24th place at 4-under 212 (72-73-67). Freshman Reid Hatley also had a 68 (34-34) today and he joins Gillespie in the tie for 24th with a total of 4-under-par 212 (70-74-68). Sophomore Cody Beyer rounds out the Wildcat lineup after shooting the third 68 (34-34) of the day for Arizona this afternoon. He is now in a four-way tie for 54th place at 2-over-par 218 (74-76-68).

"I thought Scott Moore was the leader for us today," Arizona director of golf Rick LaRose said. "He led off this morning and really got the team going. Everyone seemed to feed off of what he was doing. As a group, we talked last night about playing this way today and that if everyone shot a 66 we would be in a good position. Everybody just kind of laughed about that, but it almost happened.

"Given the circumstances, I have always thought that the 14-under-par third round we had when we won the 1992 NCAA championship was special, but this might have been even better," he added. "To shoot 19-under in the NCAA Tournament is something they will remember for the rest of their lives. It's going to be hard to catch the leaders. We will have to play well again and hope that they stumble somewhere along the way."

In the team race, Oklahoma State is in first with a 54-hole total of 32-under-par 832. They Cowboys own a three shot lead over second place Texas. The Longhorns carded a 277 today and own a 29-under 835 total heading into tomorrow's final round. Georgia Tech is in third and four shots ahead of fourth place Arizona at 24-under 840.

Individually, Oklahoma State's Charles Howell is in first place at 20-under-par 196. He fired a 63 today to tie an NCAA Championship record and moved atop the leaderboard alone after beginning the third round in a tie for first with Texas' David Gossett. As for Gossett, he is in second place at 17-under 199 after carding a 66 today. East Tennessee State's Chris Wisler remains in third at 13-under 203, followed by Barnes and UNLV's Jeremy Anderson at 206.

The final round gets underway tomorrow morning and Arizona will be paired with North Carolina and UNLV.

Arizona's Lineup                                Top-Five Teams
T4. Ricky Barnes        70-68-68206 (-10)      1. Oklahoma State       281-276-275832 (-32)
T20. Reid Hatley        70-74-68212 (-4)       2. Texas                272-286-277835 (-29)
T24. Derek Gillespie    72-74-67213 (-3)       3. Georgia Tech 	280-282-278840 (-24)
T42. Scott Moore        77-73-66216 (E)        4. ARIZONA      	286-289-269844 (-20)
T54. Cody Beyer 	74-76-68218 (+2)       5. North Carolina       288-282-278848 (-16)
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