May 27, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Playing shorthanded due to an illness, the University of Arizona men's golf team is in 14th place after Tuesday's first round of the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Stillwater, Okla.
Making its 17th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships, the Wildcats posted a 19-over-par 307 total in the opening round and currently stands in 14th place. Due to an illness to senior Reid Hatley, Arizona was forced to count the remaining four players' scores toward the team total. The opening-round 307 was the team's worst round at the NCAA Championships since the second round of the 1999 Championships, a span of 13 rounds. Tournament-host Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Clemson and Auburn are tied for the lead in the 30-team field with an 11-over 299 total.
Individually, senior Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen are tied for 29th place with three-over 75 totals. For Barnes, who is seeking his fourth consecutive top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships, his round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on No. 3, a 194-yard par three. His first-round 73 is Barnes' highest opening-round tally in four career NCAA Championship appearances.
Following a rough start in which he was three-over after just two holes, Nallen responded with 15 consecutive pars to finish at 75. Prior to these Championships, Nallen was a combined nine-under par in his two previous NCAA Championship appearances. Auburn's Lee Williams leads the 156-man field with a three-under 69. That was one of only four under-par rounds on the day.
The 72-hole 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships run through Friday at Karsten Creek Golf Club, a par-72, 7,095-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Oklahoma State 299 (+11) 1. Lee Williams, Auburn 35-34=69 (-3) North Carolina State 299 (+11) 2. Chris Stroud, Lamar 35-35=70 (-2) Clemson 299 (+11) Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 35-35=70 (-2) Auburn 299 (+11) 4. Matthew Rosenfield, Texas 37-34=71 (-1) 5. USC 300 (+12) 5. eight golfers tied at 72=72 (E) Duke 300 (+12)