Lashley and Riehle lead the 79-man field by one stroke
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- A pair of University of Arizona men’s golfers tallied four-under totals through 36 holes Friday and share the individual lead at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Seniors Nathan Lashley and Kipp Riehle each posted 36-hole totals of 138 and lead the field by one stroke heading into Saturday’s final round. Lashley posted rounds of 68 and 70 en route to his four-under tally, while Riehle carded identical 69s. Riehle is competing as an individual.
Arizona’s 36-hole total of 574 (+6) placed the team in a tie for fourth place with Colorado State. UNLV leads the 15-team field by six strokes with a 563 (-5) total. Pepperdine (569) and Arizona State (573) rounded out the top five places.
Lashley, who posted his career-low tournament total and earned his highest career finish two weeks ago at the National Invitational Tournament, was joined in red numbers by sophomore Henry Liaw. Liaw is currently tied for sixth place at 141 (-1). Josh Esler, who is tied for 41st place, shot a five-over 147, while Nick Juszczak is tied for 46th place at 148 (+6). Freshman Travis Esway is tied for 67th place at 152 (+10).
The 54-hole ASU Thunderbird Invitational concludes tomorrow at the Karsten Golf Course, a par 71, 7,025-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals
1. UNLV 563 (-5) 1. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 68-70=138 (-4)
2. Pepperdine 569 (+1) Kipp Riehle *, Arizona 69-69=138 (-4)
3. Arizona State 573 (+5) 3. Brian O’Flaherty, Pepperdine 71-68=139 (-3)
4. ARIZONA 574 (+6) 4. Travis Whisman, UNLV 67-73=140 (-2)
Colorado State 574 (+6) Gregg LaVoie, Oregon 72-68=140 (-2)
T1. Nathan Lashley 68-70=138 (-4)
T1. Kipp Riehle * 69-69=138 (-4)
T6. Henry Liaw 68-73=141 (-1)
T24. Nathan Tyler * 71-73=144 (+2)
T41. Josh Esler 73-74=147 (+5)
T41. Trey Denton * 71-76=147 (+5)
T46. Nick Juszczak 73-75=148 (+6)
T67. Travis Esway 76-76=152 (+10)
* competed as an individual