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20070519 MenĄ¯s Golf Finishes Sixth at NCAA West Regional
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/19/2007
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? Four Cats shoot in the 60s to clinch NCAA Championship berth

TUCSON , Ariz. ?C The University of Arizona menˇ?s golf team shot a 17-under-par 271 Saturday and finished in sixth place at the 2007 NCAA West Regional at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

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Arizonaˇ?s 17-under day gave the team an 828 (-36) total and possession of sixth place in the 27-team field.? The effort clinched a berth in the 2007 NCAA Championships for the Wildcats, which is the 21st consecutive appearance for Arizona.? That is the second longest active streak in the nation and is tied for the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history.? Additionally, Arizonaˇ?s 36-under tally was the second lowest tournament total in school history.

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South Carolina topped the field with a 44-under total of 820.? The Gamecocks finished two strokes ahead of UCLA (822), while USC (824) and Arizona State (824) rounded out the top three places.

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The Wildcats were led Saturday by freshman Pedro Oriol , who collected seven birdies on the way to a career-low 66.? The Madrid, Spain, native finished in a tie for 14th place at 11-under 205.? The 205 total was a career-low for Oriol.? Arizona Stateˇ?s Benjamin Alvarado claimed individual medalist honors at 18-under 198.

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Josh Esler continued his run of stellar play in NCAA regional action as he tied for 14th place at 11-under 205.? Over the last two seasons, the senior from Wauconda, Ill., is a combined 21 strokes under par. He carded a four-under 68 Saturday and finished with his fifth top-20 finish of the season.

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Brian Prouty finished three strokes behind at eight-under 208 to tie for 31st place.? Prouty carded a four-under 68 in Saturdayˇ?s final round.? Nathan Tyler tied for 43rd place at five-under 211 after toting a two-under 70 on Saturday, while Josh Wilks tied for 76th place at one-under 215.? Wilksˇ? third round 69 included five birdies.

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The 54-hole NCAA West Regional was contested at Karsten Golf Course, a par 72, 7,057-yard layout.? The top 10 teams and two individuals from this regional qualified for the 2007 NCAA Menˇ?s Golf Championships, which is scheduled for May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va.

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Top-Five Teams Top-Five Individuals

1. South Carolina 820 (-44) 1. Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona State....... 67-65-66=198 (-18)

2. UCLA 822 (-42) 2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA........................... 66-68-67=201 (-15)

3. Arizona State 824 (-40) Jon Curran, Vanderbilt......................... 71-65-65-=201 (-15)

USC 824 (-40) Jamie Lovemark, USC.......................... 69-63-69=201 (-15)

5. Vanderbilt 826 (-38) 5. Daniel Summerhays, Brigham Young72-67-63=202 (-14)

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Arizona Finishers

T14.Josh Esler ................................................ 71-66-68=205 (-11)

T14.Pedro Oriol ............................................... 70-69-66=205 (-11)

T31.Brian Prouty ................................................ 70-70-68=208 (-8)

T43.Nathan Tyler ............................................... 71-70-70=211 (-5)

T76.Josh Wilks .................................................. 75-71-69=215 (-1)

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