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Men's Golf Ties for Seventh Place at ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/12/2003
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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).

Two UA players competed in the event as individuals. Sophomore Nathan Lashley tied for 36th place with a career-low 213 (-3), while junior Nick Juszczak tied for 86th place at 221 (+5).

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

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