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Men's Golfers Remain in Second Place; Derek Gillespie Tied For First at NCAA West Regionals
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/19/2000
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Madera, Calif. The eighth-ranked University of Arizona men's golf team has a two-round total of 18-under-par 558 at the NCAA West Regional and trails first place Brigham Young by just one shot going into tomorrow's final round. The Cats, who are attempting to win their first NCAA West Regional crown since 1993, carded a 278 today at the Riverbend Golf Course (Par-72, 6,966 yards) after firing a 280 yesterday.

Arizona senior Derek Gillespie shot a 69 today and is now tied for first place with BYU's Parker McLachlin and USC's Alex Kuyumjian at 7-under-par 137. The trio own a one shot lead over a group of six golfers who are tied for fourth at 138.

Only eight shots separate the first through sixth place teams. Fresno State and USC are tied for third at 560, UNLV is fifth at 564 and New Mexico is sixth at 565. Pacific-10 Conference champion Arizona State is seventh at 568. The top-10 finishing teams will advance to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, which are set for May 31 - June 3 in Auburn, Ala.

Following Gillespie, Arizona sophomore Cody Beyer is among a group of six golfers who are tied for 10th and two shots off the lead at 5-under-par 139 (70-69). UA freshman Reid Hatley shot a 68 today and moved from a tie for 49th and into a tie for 18th at 3-under-par 141 (73-68). Another freshman, Ricky Barnes is tied for 27th at 2-under-par 142 (70-72) and senior Scott Moore is tied for 81st at 149 (72-77).

The tournament concludes on Saturday with 18 holes on the schedule. Arizona will tee of beginning at 7:12 a.m.

Arizona Individuals                     	Top-Five Teams
T1. Derek Gillespie     68-69137 (-7)          1. Brigham Young        276-281557 (-19)
T10. Cody Beyer 	70-69139 (-5)          2. Arizona              280-278558 (-18)
T18. Reid Hatley        73-68141 (-3)          T3. Fresno State        281-279560 (-16)
T27. Ricky Barnes       70-72142 (-2)          T3. USC         	285-275560 (-16)
T81. Scott Moore        72-77149 (+5)  	5. UNLV         	283-281564 (-12)
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