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Men's Golf Moves Into a Tie for Second Place at U.S. Collegiate Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/06/2002
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April 6, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - The wind picked up at Tucson National Golf Course and took the scores with it as just one team and six individuals broke par Saturday during the second round of play at the PING-U.S. Collegiate Championships.

Battling wind gusts up to 35 mph, tournament-host Arizona took advantage of the challenging conditions to move into a tie for second place in the 10-team field. The Wildcats entered the day 12 strokes off the lead and in eighth place before posting a 287 (-1) on Saturday to trim three shots off its deficit and move into a tie for second place with Oklahoma State at 577 (+1). Texas continues to lead the elite field with a two-round total of 568 (-8).

Leading the way for Arizona was sophomore Andy Connell, who's three-under-par 69 Saturday was the low round of the day. He was one of just six players to break par in the 63-man field. It was his low round of the season and the first time the native of Denver, Colo., has broken par in 2001-02. The effort moved Connell into a tie for 48th place with a two-round total of 153 (+9).

UA sophomore Chris Nallen remains in the hunt for individual medalist honors, as he stands tied for third place at 138 (-6). Nallen shot a second-round 73 and is tied with Texas' J.J. Wall three strokes out of the lead. Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan carded a one-over 73 Saturday and retained the overall lead at 135 (-9), two strokes ahead of Texas' John Klauk.

Two Wildcat teammates remain in the top 20, as junior Ricky Barnes and freshman Kipp Riehle are in a group of four golfers tied for 19th place at 147 (+3). Barnes carded a second-round 75, while Riehle registered a 73. Junior Reid Hatley fired an even-par 72 and moved into a tie for 36th place at 151 (+7).

The 54-hole, 10-team tournament concludes Sunday at Tucson National Golf Course, a par 72, 7,094-yard layout. The final round is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. PDT.

Top 5 Teams                            	Top 5 Individuals
1.  Texas               568 (-8)  	1.  Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State	62-73=135 (-9)
2.  ARIZONA           	577 (+1) 	2.  John Klauk, Texas           	67-70-=137 (-7)
    Oklahoma State	577 (+1) 	3.  Chris Nallen, Arizona        	65-73=138 (-6)
4.  Arizona State      	580 (+4) 	4.  J.J. Wall, Texas              	67-71=138 (-6)
5.  Houston           	581 (+5) 	5.  Kevin Hermis, Houston           	66-73=139 (-5)

Arizona Finishers T3. Chris Nallen 65-73=138 (-6) T16. Steven Eshbach* 72-74=146 (+2) T19. Ricky Barnes 72-75=147 (+3) Kipp Riehle 74-73=147 (+3) T23. Nick Juszczak* 77-71=148 (+4) T36. Reid Hatley 79-72=151 (+7) T40. Brian Woolf* 77-75=152 (+8) Brandon Smith* 77-75=152 (+8) Nathan Lashley* 78-74=152 (+8) Tim Weiss* 75-77=152 (+8) T48. Andy Connell 84-69=153 (+9)

* competed as an individual

PING-U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships

 * Individual            Tucson National G.C.     Tucson, AZ
                         Dates: 04/05 - 04/07     (Today:04-06-2002)
                                   Par:        72
                                   Yardage:  7094

Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores 1 Texas, Univ. of 278 290 568 2 Oklahoma State U. 281 296 577 Arizona, U. of 290 287 577 4 Arizona State U. 286 294 580 5 Houston, Univ. of 280 301 581 6 Georgia Tech 282 300 582 7 TCU 289 297 586 8 UNLV 296 300 596 9 Northwestern 289 311 600 10 Kent State 297 304 601

Fin. Name School Scores 1 Hunter Mahan Okla. St. 62 73 135 -9

2 John Klauk Texas 67 70 137 -7

3 Chris Nallen Arizona 65 73 138 -6 J.J. Wall Texas 67 71 138 -6

5 Kevin Hermis Houston 66 73 139 -5

6 *Steve Shuert TCU 70 71 141 -3

7 Tom Johnson N'western 67 75 142 -2 Matt Weibring Ga. Tech 69 73 142 -2

9 Andy Doeden TCU 70 73 143 -1

10 Jesse Mueller Arizona St 71 73 144 E Simon Robinson Houston 67 77 144 E

12 Chez Reavie Arizona St 71 74 145 +1 Par Nilsson Okla. St. 70 75 145 +1 Steve Lohmeyer Kent State 72 73 145 +1 *Scott Ferguson Houston 72 73 145 +1

16 Kris Mikkelsen Ga. Tech 72 74 146 +2 Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 68 78 146 +2 *Steven Eshbach Arizona 72 74 146 +2

19 Ryan Moore UNLV 73 74 147 +3 Ricky Barnes Arizona 72 75 147 +3 Jason Hartwick Texas 70 77 147 +3 Kipp Riehle Arizona 74 73 147 +3

23 Bret Guetz TCU 74 74 148 +4 Rusty Kennedy Texas 76 72 148 +4 Ben Flam Arizona St 69 79 148 +4 Pat Moore Arizona St 75 73 148 +4 Brien Davis UNLV 71 77 148 +4 *Nick Jusczcak Arizona 77 71 148 +4

29 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 74 75 149 +5 Brad McIntosh Houston 74 75 149 +5 Clark Corbett UNLV 74 75 149 +5

32 Anders Hultman Okla. St. 74 76 150 +6 J.J. Killeen TCU 79 71 150 +6 Dayton Rose Okla. St. 75 75 150 +6 John Wine Houston 73 77 150 +6

36 Chris Thayer N'western 73 78 151 +7 Reid Hatley Arizona 79 72 151 +7 Chan Wongluekiet Ga. Tech 73 78 151 +7 Joe Hurtuk Kent State 73 78 151 +7

40 Adam Rubinson TCU 73 79 152 +8 Brett Callas Houston 76 76 152 +8 Stephen Polanski TCU 72 80 152 +8 *Brian Woolf Arizona 77 75 152 +8 *Adam Cranford Ga. Tech 74 78 152 +8 *Brandon Smith Arizona 77 75 152 +8 *Nathan Lashley Arizona 78 74 152 +8 *Tim Weiss Arizona 75 77 152 +8

48 Peter Laws Kent State 77 76 153 +9 Alex Noren Okla. St. 80 73 153 +9 Andy Connell Arizona 84 69 153 +9

51 Sean Howell Kent State 77 77 154 +10 Bjorn Widerstedt N'western 74 80 154 +10 Culley Barragan Texas 74 80 154 +10

54 Casey Strunk N'western 77 78 155 +11

55 Brandon Askew UNLV 78 78 156 +12 Scott Harrington N'western 75 81 156 +12 *T.C. Ford N'western 76 80 156 +12

58 J.C. Deacon UNLV 83 74 157 +13 *Chris Miller Kent State 81 76 157 +13

60 Kevin Kotyk Kent State 75 83 158 +14 Brady Stockton Arizona St 84 74 158 +14 *Shane McMenamy Arizona St 77 81 158 +14

63 *Tim Sanchez Texas 80 79 159 +15

GOLFSTAT COLLEGIATE SCORING SYSTEM Developed by: Mark Laesch, Golfstat COPYRIGHT (C) 2001, All Rights Reserved, Golfstat

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