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New Mexico Claims PING-Arizona Intercollegiate Crown
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Release: 02/02/2005
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 UA’s Henry Liaw finishes fourth with a six-under 207 total

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Three University of New Mexico golfers fired final round scores in the 60s to lead the Lobos to victory Tuesday at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club.

 

Spencer Levin, Jay Choi and Miguel Griego each came in at 69 or better to lead UNM to a final round 271 en route to a three-round team total of 840 (-12).  The 13-under final round tally was the lowest of the day by nine strokes and enabled the Lobos to come from behind and claim the tournament by two strokes over Brigham Young.  Tulsa (851), Arizona (852) and Arizona State (854) rounded out the top five places.

 

Levin’s final-round 66 was almost enough to claim individual medalist honors as well, as he nearly caught Arizona State’s Alejandro Canizares, who won the event by one stroke over Levin with a three-round total of 202 (-11).

 

The Arizona varsity finished in fourth place with a three-round total of 852 (E).  It was only the second tournament at par or better for the Wildcats in five team events this season.  Leading the way for the Wildcats today was sophomore Henry Liaw, who finished in fourth place with a 207 (-6) total.  His second-round 66 was his low round of the season, while the finish was his third top-10 effort this year.

 

Sophomore Josh Elser also carded a top-20 finish with a tie for 14th place at 213 (E), while senior Nathan Lashley tied for 25th place at 216 (+3).  Sophomores Mark Lamb and Nathan Tyler rounded out the varsity scoring by placing tied for 29th (217) and tied for 56th (223), respectively.

 

The UA junior varsity was led by freshman Trey Denton, who tied for 10th place at 212 (-1).  It was Denton’s second top-10 finish this season.  Freshman Tyler Neal posted a career-best, five-over 218 to tie for 32nd place.  Brian Prouty also finished in the top half of the field with a tie for 40th place at 220 (+7).

 

Senior Nick Juszczak and freshman Justin Silverstein both tied for 50th place at 222 (+9).

 

Arizona golfers also in the field as individuals included Travis Esway, who tied for 40th place at 220 (+7), Ben Marsh, who tied for 50th place at 222 (+9), Kipp Riehle, who tied for 72nd at 232 (+19), and Jake Hermes, who tied for 85th place at 243 (+30).

 

The 54-hole PING-Arizona Intercollegiate was contested at Arizona National Golf Club, a par 71, 6,793-yard layout.  The Wildcats will next be in action on Feb. 23-25 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

 

Top Five Teams                                  Top Five Individuals

1.  New Mexico                   840 (-12)               1.  Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State           65-66-71=202 (-11)

2.  Brigham Young            842 (-10)                2.  Spencer Levin, New Mexico                        70-67-66=203 (-10)

3.  Tulsa                              851 (-1)                  3.  Jake Ellison, Brigham Young                      69-71-65=205 (-8)

4.  ARIZONA                        852 (E)                   4.  Henry Liaw, Arizona                                       71-66-70=207 (-6)

5.  Arizona State                 854 (+2)                 5.  Greg Machtaler, Brigham Young                  69-70-70=209 (-4)

                                                                                    Danny Bowen, New Mexico State                72-70-67=209 (-4)
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