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Arizona?s Henry Liaw Earns Multiple Preseason Accolades
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 01, 2004
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 Named one of 50 Players to Watch by Golf World magazine


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s golfer has yet to play a collegiate event in 2004-05, but he has already earned preseason recognition from two golf publications.


Liaw, a sophomore from Rowland Heights, Calif., was named to Golf World magazine’s “Top 50 Players to Watch after posting eight top-20 finishes and a 71.90 stroke average in 14 appearances as a freshman in 2003-04. He captured individual medalist honors at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships with a nine-under 279 total. Liaw finished in a tie for 44th place at the 2004 NCAA Championships with a 14-over 294 total. He was also among five players named to the Golf Coaches Association of America's all-Freshman team and was an honorable mention All-American as well.  Arizona has had seven players on Golf World’s preseason Top 50 list over the last five seasons.


Liaw was also named a second-team preseason All-American by Golfweek magazine.  He was one of 30 players named to the preseason first, second or third team by the publication.


Both publications also released its preseason men’s college golf polls, and the Wildcats figured prominently in each.  Arizona will open the 2004-05 season ranked fourth nationally in the Golf World preseason coaches poll with 370 points.  Georgia heads the ranking with 430 points, five points ahead of Florida and Georgia Tech, who are tied for second in the first poll of the year.  UA checks in at No. 11 in the Golfweek preseason top 30.


With its No. 3 ranking in the Golf World poll, Arizona has now received a national ranking in 27 consecutive seasons dating back to 1978-79.  In that span, Arizona has been ranked in the top three nationally in 13 of the last 19 seasons.


Arizona returns 11 letterwinners from last season’s club that won the 2004 Pac-10 championship and finished third at the NCAA Championships.  The Wildcats open the season at the Topy Cup, Sept. 7-9, in Tokyo, Japan.


Golfweek Preseason All-Americans

First team

Ryan Moore, senior, UNLV

Spencer Levin, junior, New Mexico

Jack Ferguson, senior, Clemson

John Holmes, senior, Kentucky

Luke List, sophomore, Vanderbilt

Matt Every, junior, Florida

Jeff Overton, senior, Indiana

Anthony Kim, sophomore, Oklahoma

Michael Putnam, senior, Pepperdine

Aron Price, senior, Georgia Southern


Second team

Oscar Alverez, junior, Brigham Young

Alejandro Canizares, junior, Arizona State

Brent Delahoussaye, senior, Clemson

James Lepp, junior, Washington

Henry Liaw, sophomore, Arizona

Matthew Rosenfeld, junior, Texas

Nathan Smith, junior, Duke

Nick Thompson, senior, Georgia Tech

Brendon Todd, sophomore, Georgia

Lee Williams, senior, Auburn


Third team

Ryan Blaum, junior, Duke

Roberto Castro, sophomore, Georgia Tech

David Denham, senior, Georgia

Erik Johannsen, senior, South Carolina

Kevin Kisner, junior, Georgia

Tyler Leon, sophomore, Oklahoma State

Alex Noren, senior, Oklahoma State

Kyle Reifers, junior, Wake Forest

Brett Stegmaier, junior, Florida

James Vargas, junior, Florida




1. Florida

2. Georgia

3. Clemson

4. Arizona State

5. Oklahoma State


7. Texas

8. Georgia Tech

9. New Mexico

10. Auburn


12. Kentucky

13. South Carolina

14. Duke

15. Brigham Young

16. Southern California

17. Pepperdine

18. Augusta State

19. Tennessee

20. Washington

21. Oklahoma

22. UCLA

23. Vanderbilt

24. Texas A&M

25. Southern Methodist

26. North Carolina

27. TCU

28. Minnesota

29. Wake Forest

30. Georgia Southern



1. Georgia

2. Florida

   Georgia Tech


5. Oklahoma State

6. Kentucky


8. Texas

9. Clemson

10. Arizona State

11. Brigham Young

12. Southern California

13. UCLA

14. New Mexico

15. Pepperdine

16. Auburn

17. TCU

18. Washington

19. California

20. South Carolina

21. Vanderbilt

22. Oklahoma

23. Minnesota

24. Tennessee

25. SMU

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