April 13, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team posted its lowest tournament total of the season to tie for fifth place Saturday at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational.
The Wildcats' 845 (-19) total was its lowest of the season by eight strokes and placed the team in a tie for fifth with TCU in the 16-team field. Arizona, who notched three sub-par rounds in a tournament for the first time this season, posted the eighth-lowest team total in the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational since 1988. Texas won its second straight tournament in the state in the last six days with an 832 (-32) total. Tournament-host Arizona State (838) finished second and Pepperdine (839) finished third.
Individually, Arizona was ledby junior Ricky Barnes, who finished tied for 10th place with a seven-under 209 total. Barnes' final-round 70 gave him his lowest tournament total of the season. All told, Arizona collected 11 rounds at par or better from its five-man lineup in the two-day event. TCU's Bret Guetz won the event with a tournament-record 200 (-16) total.
Also competing for the Wildcats was sophomore Chris Nallen, who tied for 19th place at 211 (-5), freshman Kipp Riehle, who tied for 38th place at 215 (-1), sophomore Andy Connell, who tied for 47th place at 217 (+1) and junior Reid Hatley, who tied for 63rd at 220 (+4). Two UA freshman also competed as individuals. Nick Juszczak and Nathan Lashley both tied for 72nd place at 223 (+7).
The Wildcats will next be in action April 22-24 at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Corvallis, Ore.
Top 5 Teams Top 5 Individuals 1. Texas 832 (-32) 1. Bret Guetz, TCU 68-65-67=200 (-16) 2. Arizona State 838 (-26) 2. John Klauk, Texas 67-66-70=203 (-13) 3. Pepperdine 839 (-25) 3. Chris Carnahan, Oregon 68-64-73=205 (-11) 4. Oregon 843 (-21) 4. Randy Creighton, Pepperdine 73-67-67=207 (-9) 5. ARIZONA 845 (-19) Par Nilsson, Oklahoma State 70-65-72=207 (-9) TCU 845 (-19) Pat Moore, Arizona State 67-64-76=207 (-9)
Arizona Finishers T11. Ricky Barnes 70-69-70=209 (-7) T19. Chris Nallen 70-70-71=211 (-5) T38. Kipp Riehle 74-72-69=215 (-1) T47. Andy Connell 69-70-78=217 (+1) T63. Reid Hatley 73-75-72=220 (+4) T72. Nick Juszczak * 76-69-78=223 (+7) Nathan Lashley * 74-78-71=223 (+7)
* competed as an individual