April 28, 2001
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The University of Arizona men's golf posted the lowest team total of the day on Saturday to move into second place at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
The Wildcats fired a five-under-par 350 and stand in second place with a 1053 (-12) total. It was Arizona seventh consecutive round under par this spring and it shaved eight strokes off the team's second-round deficit. Four of UA's six golfers posted sub-par rounds on the day. After 54 holes, USC leads the event with a 1051 total and is two strokes ahead of Arizona.
UA sophomore Ricky Barnes continues to hold the individual lead. The Stockton, Calif., native shot a 69 Saturday and has a 200 (-13) total heading into Sunday's final round. Barnes is one of two golfers in the 60-player field to have posted three rounds in the 60s. He leads a group of three golfers tied for second at 204 (-9). Included in that trio is teammate Chris Nallen, who carded a 70 on Saturday.
Sophomore Reid Hatley posted a two-under-par 69 and moved into a tie for 13th place. Hatley, who moved up 15 slots on the leader board Saturday, has a three-round total of 212 (-1). Freshman Andy Connell is tied for 41st place at 219 (+6) after shooting a one-under 70 on Saturday.
Also competing for the Wildcats are juniors Cody Beyer and Ben Clark. Both players are tied for 44th place with 222 (+9) totals. Beyer shot a 75 Saturday, while Clark added a 72.
The 72-hole Pac-10 Conference Championships are being contested at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The course is a par 71, 6,786-yard layout.