May 17, 2001
CORVALIS, Ore. - The University of Arizona men's golf team shot a one-over-par 289 Thursday and stands in a tie for fourth place at the NCAA West Regional.
Arizona, which won the West Regional last season, carded an opening round 289 (+1) and is six shots off the pace set by tournament leader Arizona State at 283 (-5). Stanford (284/-4) and Wake Forest (288/E) round out the top three in the 27-team field.
UA freshman Chris Nallen continued his run of strong play and finished Thursday's opening in a tie for fourth place with a 70 (E). The Blairstown, N.J. native is averaging 70.0 strokes over his last 11 rounds and has finished at par or better in seven of his last eight rounds. He trails John Merrick of UCLA, who leads the 141-player field by two strokes with an opening-round 67 (-5).
Also playing well for the Wildcats was sophomore Ricky Barnes. The reigning Pacific-10 Conference Champion fired a one-under 71 in the first round and is currently tied for 10th place. Teammate Cody Beyer carded a 73 (+1) and is currently tied for 36th place. Sophomore Reid Hatley and freshman Andy Connell are both in a tie for 74th place after shooting a 75 (+3).
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.