June 18, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen was selected to the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf all-Academic team, the league announced Wednesday.
Nallen, a junior from Blairstown, N.J., carries a 3.04 grade point average and is an Agriculture & Resource Economics major. He was a second-team selection.
The academic accolade caps an outstanding junior campaign for Nallen, who earned GCAA PING All-America honors for the third straight season after averaging 71.74 strokes per round in 2002-03. UA's top finisher in seven events this season, Nallen posted nine top-10 finishes and led the team in appearances (15), rounds played (43), low tournament total, rounds at par or better (27) and rounds in the 60s (12). Thirty-eight of his 40 rounds played in team competition (95 percent) counted towards the team total.
A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, Nallen was a first team all-Pac-10 selection for the second year in a row. His 11-under 205 total April 12 at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational tied for eighth-best on Arizona's all-time scoring list in relation to par. He is the first Arizona golfer to participate in the Palmer Cup matches.
On the women's side, UA senior Laura Myerscough earned honorable mention academic honors from the league office. A senior from Charleston, Ill., Myerscough ranked third on the squad with a 75.59 stroke average. She collected two top-10 finishes in nine events in 2002-03, including a tie for third place at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational in March.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 all-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.