Wildcats to face Stanford in Sunday’s third-place match
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s golf team dropped its semifinal match to Georgia Saturday at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Thirteenth-seeded Arizona, who had defeated higher-seeded opponents in its first two matches, fell to top-seeded Georgia, 3-2-0. The loss drops the Wildcats into Sunday’s third-place match against 15th-seeded Stanford.
Arizona got individual wins from Henry Liaw and Travis Esway. Liaw, a junior from Rowland Heights, Calif., won both of his singles matches on Saturday, including the 1-up win over Georgia’s Chris Kirk in the No. 1 position. Esway, a sophomore from Granite Bay, Calif., defeated Georgia’s Richard Scott, 1-up, to claim his first individual win at the event.
Earlier in the day, Arizona completed its second round win over fourth-seeded Wake Forest, 3-1-1. The Wildcats got wins from Henry Liaw, Trey Denton and Nathan Tyler to move into the semifinals. Josh Esler halved his match to make the 4-0-1 final vs. the Demon Deacons.
The Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship is being played at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.
2005 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship
Nov. 11-13, 2005
Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort
Winners Bracket Semifinal Results
(1) Georgia def. (13) Arizona, 3-2-0
Henry Liaw, Arizona, def. Chris Kirk, Georgia, 1-up
Brian Harman, Georgia, def. Josh Esler, Arizona, 7 and 6
Kevin Kisner, Georgia, def. Trey Denton, Arizona, 3 and 1
Travis Esway, Arizona, def. Richard Scott, Georgia, 1-up
Brendon Todd, Georgia, def. Nathan Tyler, Arizona, 5 and 4
(3) Georgia Tech def. (15) Stanford, 3-1-1
Winners Bracket Second Round Results
(13) Arizona def. (4) Wake Forest, 3-1-1
Henry Liaw, Arizona, def. Sean Moore, Wake Forest, 3 and 2
Trey Denton, Arizona, def. Doug Manchester, Wake Forest, 3 and 1
Josh Esler, Arizona, halved Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest, def. Travis Esway, Arizona, 5 and 4
Nathan Tyler, Arizona, def. Chris McCartin, Wake Forest, 3 and 2
(1) Georgia def. (8) Tennessee, 3-1-1
(3) Georgia Tech def. (6) Arizona State, 3-1-1
(15) Stanford def. (10) Coastal Carolina, 3-1-1