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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On the Tee:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> heads to the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, April 23-25, at Eugene Country Club in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Eugene</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State></st1:place> ... In seven spring events, the Wildcats have five top-five finishes, including four top-three efforts ... Since joining the league in 1978-79, Arizona has won the Pac-10 title three times (1987, 1991, 2004) and finished second seven times ... Arizona has finished fifth, third, first and second in the last four Pac-10 Championship appearances ... The Cats finished in fifth place in 1997, the last year that Oregon hosted this championship event.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Wildcats are ranked 22nd in the current (April 16) Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and are unranked in the April 4 <I>Golf World</I>/Nike Coaches Poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> is top-ranked Wildcat nationally, checking in at No. 33 on the <I>Golfweek</I>/Sagarin Performance Index.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four other UA golfers are in the top 200.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Probable <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> Lineup:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in 153.0pt 3.0in 3.75in"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Golfer<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Yr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Avg.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Top 10/20<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Low Rd.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Rounds<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Sr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>71.81<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3/0<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>62<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>21<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Sr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>73.40<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>0/3<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>67<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>30<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Sr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>72.33<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>2/2<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>67<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>21<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Sr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>72.83<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>2/2<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>68<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>24<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Fr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>73.59<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>2/2<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>68<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>29<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 76.5pt 1.5in center 175.5pt 3.25in right 290.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178997"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178997">Creighton Honeck</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Jr.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>73.33<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1/1<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>67<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>24<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Look at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Held annually since 1960, the Pac-10 Men&rsquo;s Golf Championships will be held Monday-Wednesday, April 23-25, (practice round April 22) at Eugene Country Club, a par 72, 7,033-yard layout in Eugene, Ore. Seventy-two holes will be played over the three days (36 Monday/18 Tuesday and Wednesday) with twosomes scheduled off the first and 10th tees at 8 a.m. PDT Monday. Ten teams are scheduled to compete: <st1:City w:st="on">Arizona</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> State, <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, <st1:City w:st="on">Oregon</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Four of those teams are ranked in the current <I>Golf World</I>/Nike Coaches Poll. Arguably the toughest test in all of college golf, each team will be made up of six players with the low five scores counting towards the team total in each round. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> finished fifth in this event last year with a 24-over 1,444 total. UA&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750">Henry Liaw</A></A>, who tied for eighth place, was UA&rsquo;s top individual with a 70-73-69-72=284 (E) tally.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Head Coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739">Rick LaRose</A></A> . . . </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">is in his 29th season at the helm of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> golf program, and in that span has established the Wildcats as one of the nation&rsquo;s elite programs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only college coach to win both a men&rsquo;s (1992) and women&rsquo;s (1996) NCAA Championship, LaRose&rsquo;s teams have won eight NCAA Regionals, six Pac-10 crowns and three Rolex Match Play titles.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In NCAA Championship play, he also has six third-place finishes, a fifth-place and two sixth-place efforts to his credit.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since 1978, his men&rsquo;s teams have won 58 tournaments and produced 47 All-Americans.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>LaRose, who has coached two U.S. Amateur champions, was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame on Jan. 22, 2003.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He is assisted by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42760"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42760">John Knauer</A></A>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA claimed fifth place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, April 15, after carding an even-par 288 in the final round. The Wildcats registered a three-day total of 852 (-12), to finish eight strokes behind tournament winner <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A> and freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> tied for 17<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>with a 214 (-2) total. Wilks carded a two-over par 74 to close the event, while Oriol carded a two-under par 70 to finish as the only Wildcats in the top-20.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A> posted his lowest score of the tournament, a two-under par 70, on Sunday to finish in a tie for 23<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">rd</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>place. The <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> native&rsquo;s 215 (-1) total through 54 holes of play, tied him with teammate <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A>, who also notched a one-under 215.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Year at the Pac-10 Championship:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats shot a 13-over-par 368 in the fourth round and finished in fifth place at the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the Canyons Course at Bighorn Golf Club.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in 8.0in 8.5in 9.0in 9.5in 10.0in 10.5in 11.0in 11.5in 12.0in 12.5in 13.0in 13.5in 14.0in 14.5in 15.0in 15.5in 16.0in 16.5in 17.0in 17.5in 18.0in 18.5in 19.0in 19.5in 20.0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 13-over tally was easily its highest of the tournament and gave the Wildcats a 24-over 1,444 total and a fifth-place finish. UA&rsquo;s final-round total was its worst over the four rounds by five strokes.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in 8.0in 8.5in 9.0in 9.5in 10.0in 10.5in 11.0in 11.5in 12.0in 12.5in 13.0in 13.5in 14.0in 14.5in 15.0in 15.5in 16.0in 16.5in 17.0in 17.5in 18.0in 18.5in 19.0in 19.5in 20.0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> was the only Cat to shoot par in Wednesday&rsquo;s final round.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in 8.0in 8.5in 9.0in 9.5in 10.0in 10.5in 11.0in 11.5in 12.0in 12.5in 13.0in 13.5in 14.0in 14.5in 15.0in 15.5in 16.0in 16.5in 17.0in 17.5in 18.0in 18.5in 19.0in 19.5in 20.0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> UCLA won the event with an even-par 1,420 total, 12 strokes in front of runner-up <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>. The Bruins&rsquo; Daniel Im claimed individual medalist honors with a four-round 277 (-7).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in 8.0in 8.5in 9.0in 9.5in 10.0in 10.5in 11.0in 11.5in 12.0in 12.5in 13.0in 13.5in 14.0in 14.5in 15.0in 15.5in 16.0in 16.5in 17.0in 17.5in 18.0in 18.5in 19.0in 19.5in 20.0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750">Henry Liaw</A></A> was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s top finisher for the fifth time in seven spring events. Liaw carded a one-over 72 Wednesday and finished tied for eighth place with a four-round 284 (E) total. Freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178994"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178994">Ben Fox</A></A>, who started the day in a tie for third, carded a three-over 75 and finished in 12<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>place at 286 (+2).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: .5in 1.0in 1.5in 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in 8.0in 8.5in 9.0in 9.5in 10.0in 10.5in 11.0in 11.5in 12.0in 12.5in 13.0in 13.5in 14.0in 14.5in 15.0in 15.5in 16.0in 16.5in 17.0in 17.5in 18.0in 18.5in 19.0in 19.5in 20.0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">UA&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> posted an even-par 71, the Cats&rsquo; low round of the day, and moved into 13<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>place at 287 (+3).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt 1.5in 3.25in 247.5pt right 4.75in"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></B></st1:State></st1:place><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Individuals<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 2"> </SPAN>Top-Five Teams</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">T8.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42750">Henry Liaw</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">.................. </SPAN>70-73-69-72=284 (E)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UCLA<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">........................ </SPAN>1420<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">12.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178994"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178994">Ben Fox</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">........................ </SPAN>72-69-70-75=286 (+2)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>2.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">.............. </SPAN>1432<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">13.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">................. </SPAN>74-72-70-71=287 (+3)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> State<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">........... </SPAN>1437<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">T23.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">.................... </SPAN>71-74-72-75=292 (+8)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>4.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>USC<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">.......................... </SPAN>1442<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">T33.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=69967"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=69967">Travis Esway</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">............... </SPAN>73-75-72-76=296 (+12)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><B>5.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">ARIZONA</st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">................. </SPAN>1444</B><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 22.5pt dotted 1.5in blank 3.25in 247.5pt right dotted 4.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">T46.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1 dotted">................. </SPAN>74-81-72-75=302 (+18)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Top Heavy:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> UA head coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739">Rick LaRose</A></A> brings a lineup to the Pac-10 Championships that includes four seniors and a junior in its six-man lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Don&rsquo;t play the experience card too fast, as that group of upperclassmen has a total of 24 rounds of experience at the Pac-10 Championships.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A> leads with 12 rounds of experience and a 73.33 stroke average in three prior appearances with a best finish of eighth in 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A> is next with eight rounds of experience and a 75.75 stroke average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His best finish was a tie for 33rd place in 2004.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> finished 13th at last year&rsquo;s Pac-10 Championships, which was his lone appearance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His three-over 287 finish at Big Horn equates to a 71.75 stroke average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A>, junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178997"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=178997">Creighton Honeck</A></A> and freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> makes their Pac-10 Championships debut on Monday.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Weren&rsquo;t We Just Here?:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Five of the six golfers to represent <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> this week were also in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Eugene</st1:place></st1:City> a month ago at the Oregon Duck Invitational.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats posted an 11-over 875 total to tie host <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> for third place in that event.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A> both tied for sixth place at three-over 219.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A> tied for 12th place at four-over 220, while teammate <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> tied for 21st place at six-over 222.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> tied for 36th place at 226 (+10).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior Creighton Hoenck was the lone Wildcat not to appear in the Oregon Duck Invitational.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Peaking:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The spring season has seen <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> work itself into form, as the team has collected two ties for third and a fifth-place finish in its last three outings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team scoring average has improved 3.17 strokes per round over its fall scoring average to 288.33, and has been under par in four of seven tournaments since the turn of the calendar.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the season, UA&rsquo;s countable stroke average is 72.37, and that falls to 72.08 during fall competition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Finding a Rhythm:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fortunately, the Pac-10 Championships allow for a six-man lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It gives the Wildcats another man to choose from.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It took 10 stroke play events for UA to settle on a five-man rotation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The rotation of Prouty, Esler, Tyler, Oriol and Wilks has been in effect for the last three tournaments.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to March 26, there was change aplenty in the UA lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> roster, only three Wildcats, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A>, have made all of their 2006-07 appearances with the UA varsity.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of that trio, Esler leads with 11 appearances.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Maybe It Was That Simple: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Look no further than rounds at par or better to see who makes up the UA lineup, as each of the top five players in that category will be in action this week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A> (12), <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A> (11), and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> (10) all lead the team in that category.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Cumulatively, that group has shot par or better in 45.4 percent of its rounds played this season (54 of 119).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, Prouty and Tyler lead the way with a 52.4 percent success rate of reaching or breaking par (11 of 21).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Leadership By Committee:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA head coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42739">Rick LaRose</A></A> said of his team earlier this season, &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a bunch of blue collar guys.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s just the way they&rsquo;ve performed this season ? with no superstars.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the 11 varsity stroke play events this season, a total of six different players have been the Wildcats&rsquo; top finisher.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> have three apiece, while Wilks, Tyler and Honeck have one each.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On His Shoulders, or Perhaps His Wrist:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Left wrist surgery cost senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42743">Brian Prouty</A></A> to miss the entire fall season, but he rebounded with a flourish.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, native won his first event of the season ? the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate ? with a 14-under 199 total.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Perhaps the rehab was worth it because Prouty registered a 62 (-9) in his first round en route to an eventual four-stroke win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He followed that up with a tie for fourth place at the John Burns Intercollegiate on Feb. 23 with an eight-under 208.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The red-hot start vaulted Prouty to the No. 1 ranking in the Golf Week/Sagarin Performance Index, the first UA golfer to achieve the feat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He also earned Pac-10 Golfer-of-the-Month honors for February 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To date, Prouty&rsquo;s victory at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate is UA&rsquo;s only individual medalist honor of the season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Mr. Experience:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He might be one of three seniors in the Wildcat lineup, but <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42732">Josh Esler</A></A> is leaps and bounds ahead of his teammates in one category:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>experience.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wauconda, Ill., enters the Pac-10 Championships with 148 career rounds played, or 42 more than the next closest Wildcat (Tyler).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those 148 rounds played, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tyler</st1:place></st1:City> has a career stroke average of 73.57.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The experience helps because Esler&rsquo;s final round stroke average this spring is 71.29 ? the lowest on the team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Coming On Strong:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Few Wildcats have enjoyed the kind of stretch that <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=179002">Josh Wilks</A></A> is currently riding.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In his last four appearances, the senior from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place>, has an average finish of 14.5, with two ties for sixth place (including one at the Oregon Duck Invitational) and a tie for 17th place.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over his last three outings, Wilks is averaging 72.33 strokes per round and has three rounds in the 60s.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Steadying Influence:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Through five appearances this spring, senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=42755">Nathan Tyler</A></A> has been nothing if not steady in amassing a 71.67 stroke average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those tournaments, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tyler</st1:place></st1:City> has a 72.20 stroke average in the first round, 71.00 in the second and 71.80 in the third.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In each round played, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tyler</st1:place></st1:City> has the second-best stroke average on the squad.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Step Right Up:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=575795">Pedro Oriol</A></A> has come a long way since the fall to play his way into the regular lineup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The native of Madrid, Spain, posted a 75.13 stroke average in three fall events, but has shaved 2.13 strokes off that this spring...lowering the mark to 73.00 in his last seven appearances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All four of his top-20 finishes, including two top-10 efforts, have come since February.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He was just selected to represent the European team in the 2007 Palmer Cup matches.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Like Popeye:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Much like the spinach-fueled cartoon hero, the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> golf team seems to be strong to the finish.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In seven spring events, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has a 290.29 stroke average in the first round.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That drops to 286.43 in the second and 288.29 in the third round.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Good starts are key, as the Cats have finished under par as a team in three of four events this spring when playing the first round under par.</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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