Sept. 29, 2002
ROCKY FACE, Ga. - The University of Arizona men's golf team managed to post its best round of the tournament Sunday, but it wasn't enough to move up the leaderboard, as the team finished in 14th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats posted a final-round 291 (+3) and finished 14th out of 18 teams with an 881 (+17) total. Clemson won the team title by two strokes after posting a seven-under 281 in the final round to finish at 850 (-14). Augusta State (852), UNLV (856), Florida (857) and North Carolina State (863) rounded out the top five places.
Leading the way for Arizona individually, was Chris Nallen, who tallied a final-round 71 (-1) to finish the event in a six-way tie for 10th place at 213 (-3). Nallen had one of two UA rounds at par or better on Sunday. It was his second top-10 finish of the season and the 10th of his career. Bill Haas of Wake Forest and Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech shared individual medalist honors, as each finished the 54-hole event with 205 (-11) totals.
Also competing for the Wildcats was senior Ricky Barnes, who tied for 36th place at 220 (+4), freshman Blaine Peffley, who tied for 61st at 225 (+9), senior Reid Hatley, who tied for 66th at 226 (+10) and junior Andy Connell, who tied for 83rd at 233 (+17).
The Carpet Capital Collegiate was contested at the Farm Golf Club, a par 72, 6,906-yard layout. The 54-hole event was hosted by Georgia Tech.
The Wildcats will next be in action on Oct.7-8 at the Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview in Stillwater, Okla.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Clemson 850 (-14) 1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 66-70-69=205 (-11) 2. Augusta State 852 (-12) Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 72-64-69=205 (-1) 3. UNLV 856 (-8) 3. Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 71-67-69=207 (-9) 4. Florida 857 (-7) 4. Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-69-70=209 (-7) 5. North Carolina State 863 (-1) 5. Ben Duncan, Clemson 73-69-69=211 (-5) Camilo Villegas, Florida 67-71-73=211 (-5) Justin Walters, N.C. State 70-71-70=211 (-5)
Arizona Finishers T10. Chris Nallen 70-72-71=213 (-3) T36. Ricky Barnes 76-71-73=220 (+4) T61. Blaine Peffley 74-76-75=225 (+9) T66. Reid Hatley 74-77-75=226 (+10) T83. Andy Connell 84-77-72=233 (+17)