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Men?s Golf Finishes Tied for Third Place at National Invitational Tournament
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 29, 2005
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 TCU claims team honors at 26-under 838; Arkansas’ Bortis the individual medalist at 12-under par


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s golf team shot its third consecutive round of seven-under-par 281 total and to tie for third place at the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday at Omni Tucson National Golf Club.


Arizona’s 54-hole total of 843 (-21) placed the team in a tie for third with UNLV.  TCU continued its dominance of the 14-team field in winning by three strokes after carding a nine-under 279 en route to an 838 (-26) total.  Arkansas (841) finished second, while Texas (844) rounded out the top five places.


Arkansas’ Matt Bortis claimed individual medalist honors in the 75-man field with a 12-under 204 total.  Bortis carded a four-under 68 Tuesday to win the event by one stroke over Michael Putnam of Pepperdine and Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas.


Senior Nathan Lashley led the Wildcat varsity after firing a three-under 69.   The Scottsbluff, Neb., native tied for fourth place with a 207 (-9) total.  It was his highest finish and second top-10 finish of the season.  Sophomores Josh Esler and Henry Liaw both tied for 27th place after posting 214 (-2) totals.  Freshman Travis Esway tied for 31st place with a one-under 215 total after carding a final-round 73.  Sophomore Nathan Tyler tied for 60th place at 222 (+6) after shooting a final-round 74.


A pair of top-20 individual finishes propelled the Arizona junior varsity to tie for seventh place.  Senior Nick Juszczak posted his first top-10 finish of the season with a tie for seventh place at 208 (-8), while freshman Trey Denton tied for 16th place at 212 (-4).


The Wildcat junior varsity got strong performances from Tyler Neal and Brian Prouty, who both tied for 41st place at 217 (+1), while Mark Lamb rounded out the JV contingent with a tie for 60th place at 223 (+7) total.


Three UA players also competed as individuals in the event:  Kipp Riehle tied for 19th place at 213 (-3), Ben Marsh tied for 37th place at 216 (E), and Brett Carter finished in 59th place at 221 (+5).


The 54-hole National Invitational Tournament was contested at Tucson National Golf Club, a par 72, 7,094-yard layout.  The Arizona varsity will next be in action on April 8-9 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.


Top Five Teams                  Top Five Individuals

1.  TCU                      838 (-26)      1.  Matt Bortis, Arkansas                   69-67-68=204 (-12)

2.  Arkansas             841 (-23)      2.  Michael Putnam, Pepperdine     67-72-66=205 (-11)

3.  ARIZONA              843 (-21)           Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas          69-67-69=205 (-11)

     UNLV                    843 (-21)      4.  Nathan Lashley, Arizona              70-68-69=207 (-9)

5.  Texas                   844 (-20)           Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota   70-72-65=207 (-9)

                                                               Jesse Mueller, Arizona State       69-72-66=207 (-9)


                                                          Arizona Finishers

                                                           T4.  Nathan Lashley     70-68-69=207 (-9)

                                                         T19.  Kipp Riehle * 70-71-72=213 (-3)

                                                         T27.  Josh Esler  72-71-71=214 (-2)

                                                         T27.  Henry Liaw  68-78-68=214 (-2)

                                                         T31.  Travis Esway        71-71-73=215 (-1)

                                                         T37.  Ben Marsh *   72-73-71=216 (E)

                                                           59.  Brett Carter *   72-76-73=221 (+5)

                                                         T60.  Nathan Tyler           77-71-74=222 (+6)


                                                         Arizona JV Finishers

                                                          T7.  Nick Juszczak   68-68-72=208 (-8)

                                                       T16.  Trey Denton  70-70-72=212 (-4)

                                                       T41.  Tyler Neal     75-71-71=217 (+1)

                                                       T41.  Brian Prouty     67-76-74=217 (+1)

                                                       T60.  Mark Lamb     77-74-72=223 (+7)


                                                       * competed as an individual

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