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Men?s Golf Finishes 13th at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/04/2006
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                Esler’s two-under 70 leads final-round effort

               

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s golf team shot a 10-over-par 298 Saturday and finished in 13th place at the 2006 NCAA Championships at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

 

Arizona’s 10-over effort dropped the Wildcats into 13th place at 16-over 1,168 in the field of 30 teams.  Oklahoma State claimed the national championship with a nine-under par 1,143 total.

 

Junior Josh Esler’s two-under 70 was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats, who posted its highest single-round total of the tournament on Saturday.  The NCAA Championship appearance was the 20th consecutive for the Wildcats, the second-longest active streak in the country.

 

Esler’s 70 gave him a 72-hole total of six-over 294, which tied him for 48th place.  He was the highest-finishing Wildcat in the event.

 

Three other Wildcats, Travis Esway, Brian Prouty and Henry Liaw, tied for 50th place at seven-over 295.

 

Ben Fox finished tied for 66th place at 10-over 298.  Fox carded a four-over 76 during the final round.

 

The 2006 NCAA Championships were contested at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, a par 72, 7,630-yard layout.

 

Top-Five Teams                                                                                  Top-Five Individuals

1.       Oklahoma State                  1143 (-9)                               1.    Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State. 68-70-69-69=276 (-12)

2        Florida                                   1146 (-6)                               2.    Chris Kirk, Georgia............................. 71-71-70-68=280 (-8)

3.       Minnesota                            1147 (-5)                                      Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest................. 65-70-73-72=280 (-8)       

          Wake Forest                        1147 (-5)                               4.    Dawie Van der Walt, Lamar.............. 70-70-74-67=281 (-7)

5.       Kentucky                              1153 (+1)                               5.    Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State.......... 66-72-71-73=282 (-6)

 

                                                                                                                Arizona Finishers

                                                                                                    T48.    Josh Esler........................................... 76-71-77-70=294 (+6)

                                                                                                    T50.    Travis Esway....................................... 74-68-73-80=295 (+7)

                                                                                                    T50.    Brian Prouty......................................... 74-71-73-77=295 (+7)

                                                                                                    T50.    Henry Liaw.......................................... 76-73-71-75=295 (+7)

                                                                                                    T66.    Ben Fox.............................................. 72-76-74-76=298 (+10)

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