April 12, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior Chris Nallen posted a career-low 205 total to finish in third place individually Saturday at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational.
Nallen, who is included on the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, carded a final-round 67 (-5) to finish the 54-hole tournament with a 205 (-11) total and tie for third place. For Nallen, it was a career low and tied him for eighth place on Arizona's low 54-hole total in relation to par. It also tied for eighth lowest total at the ASUThunderbird/Savane Invitational since the tournament moved to a three-round format in 1988. TCU's David Schultz topped the 104-man field with a 15-under-par 201 total to win the event by three strokes.
Arizona, playing without reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Ricky Barnes, posted its second-lowest total of the season in finishing in a tie for seventh place. All three of its rounds were below par, but even its 20-under 844 total wasn't enough to keep pace in an event where the top 10 individuals posted 28 of 30 rounds below par and the top-five teams were a combined 153 strokes below par. Tournament host Arizona State topped the 19-team field with an 824 (-40) total.
The finish snapped a two-tournament win streak for the Wildcats this spring. All told, the Wildcats have won four of six tournaments to date this spring. That's the most wins for the program in a single season since the 1992 squad won six tournaments en route to the national championship.
In addition to Nallen's efforts, sophomore Kipp Riehle collected his third top-20 finish of the season with a tie for 17th place at 209 (-7), which was a career low. Seniors Reid Hatley and Andrew Medley tied for 59th place at 217 (+1), while Brian Woolf tied for 71st place at 219 (+3).
The two-day event was contested at the Karsten Course, a par 72, 7,027-yard layout.
Arizona will next be in action April 28-30 at the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Arizona State 824 (-40) 1. David Schultz, TCU 68-66-67=201 (-15) 2. USC 832 (-32) 2. David Oh, USC 68-70-66=204 (-12) 3. Pepperdine 835 (-29) 3. Chris Nallen, Arizona 70-68-67=205 (-11) 4. TCU 836 (-28) Greg Machtaler, BYU 69-66-70=205 (-11) 5. Oklahoma 840 (-24) 5. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 73-68-65=206 (-10) Brady Stockton, Arizona State 67-70-69=206 (-10)
Arizona Finishers T3. Chris Nallen 70-68-67=205 (-11) T17. Kipp Riehle 72-68-69=209 (-7) T36. Nathan Lashley * 70-73-70=213 (-3) T59. Reid Hatley 69-74-74=217 (+1) T59. Andrew Medley 74-69-74=217 (+1) T71. Brian Woolf 72-72-75=219 (+3) T86. Nick Juszczak * 70-75-76=221 (+5)
* competed as an individual