Unique event to be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Course
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Fresh off a victory in its last outing, the University of Arizona men’s golf team will participate in the 2004 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 25-26, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
Seven teams from both conferences make up the 14-team field. Representing the Big Ten Conference will be Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue, while Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington will represent the Pac-10 Conference.
Fifty-four holes of stroke play will be contested over the two days (36 holes Monday/18 Tuesday) with an 8 a.m. PDT shotgun start scheduled each day. There will be a blind draw on Sunday, Oct. 24, to determine playing order. Teams will play in groups of three that will feature either two Big Ten teams and one Pac-10 team or two Pac-10 teams and one Big Ten team.
The low four scores will count towards the team total in each round. This unique event also features a conference challenge in which the lowest six team scores for each conference in each round will be counted toward each league’s tally.
This is Arizona’s first appearance since Oct. 2 when the Wildcats won the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M., with a season-low nine-under 855 total. Three UA players, Henry Liaw (T3rd/209, -7), Nathan Lashley (7th/212, -4) and Travis Esway (T16th/218, +2), all finished in the top-20 places. The probable Arizona lineup will be:
Golfer Yr. Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rd. Events
Henry Liaw So. 72.33 1/0 67 3
Nathan Lashley Sr. 72.17 1/0 66 2
Travis Esway Fr. 70.33 1/1 66 2
Nathan Tyler So. 74.33 0/0 72 3
Nick Juszczak Sr. 74.50 0/0 72 2
Arizona, one of six nationally ranked teams in the field according to the Oct. 1 Golfworld Top 25 Poll, is ranked 13th nationally in both the Golfworld Top 25 and the Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll. The Wildcats are ranked 39th in the current Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s course is a par-72. 6,980-yard layout. The event is hosted by the University of Oregon. Results will be available on-line at www.goducks.com.