UA’s 27-over-par tally causes the team to miss the 54-hole cut
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s golf team shot a 27-over-par 307 Friday and fell into 17th place after 54 holes of the NCAA Championships in Owings Mills, Md.
Arizona’s 27-over-par 307 effort left the team in 17th place with a three-round total of 885 (+45), which means the Wildcats missed the 54-hole cut by two strokes. Only the top 15 teams advance to Saturday’s final round. It was UA’s highest single-round team total at the NCAA Championships since a final-round 311 (+23) in 2003. It also marked Arizona’s worst finish since 2003, when the Cats also finished 17th.
Steady rain throughout the day caused scores to skyrocket, as Friday’s scoring average was nearly a 77 (+7). For the second straight day, no team in the field of 30 was under par. Georgia continues to lead the field with a 15-over 855 total, nine strokes ahead of Georgia Tech. USC (875) and UNLV (876) occupy third and fourth places, while five teams are tied for fifth position.
As was the case yesterday, the Wildcats struggled to score, managed just four birdies on the day as a team. It was Arizona’s back nine that caused problems on Friday. Starting on No. 10, UA played its first nine holes at eight-over par and the final nine in 19-over par.
Senior Nathan Lashley remained Arizona’s most consistent golfer, as his seven-over 217 tally has him tied for 25th place. The Scottsbluff, Neb., native shot a five-over 75 and is the only Wildcat golfer in the top half of the field. Pepperdine’s Michael Putnam leads the 156-man field with a three-under 207 total.
Lashley qualified for the final round as one of the top-six remaining individuals by earning one of two slots in a three-man playoff prior to the start of play on Saturday.
Josh Esler tallied a 77 today and tied for 74th place at 224 (+14), one stroke ahead of teammates Travis Esway and Brian Prouty, who tied for 85th place at 225 (+15). Prouty carded an eight-over 78 Friday, while Esler shot a 12-over 82.
Sophomore Henry Liaw tallied a seven-over 77 and tied for 97th place at 226 (+16).
The 72-hole 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships continue through Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Course, a par 70, 7,124-yard layout. Arizona made its 19th consecutive appearance at the national championship, the second-longest active streak in the country.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals
1. Georgia 855 (+15) 1. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67-73=207 (-3)
2. Georgia Tech 864 (+24) 2. Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70-73=208 (-2)
3 USC 875 (+35) Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68-71=208 (-2)
4. UNLV 876 (+36) 4. John Holmes, Kentucky 70-72-69=211 (+1)
5. Duke 877 (+37) Aaron Prince, Georgia Southern 66-73-72=211 (+1)
Arizona State 877 (+37)
Washington 877 (+37) Arizona Finishers
Kentucky 877 (+37) T25. Nathan Lashley 71-71-75=217 (+7)
Augusta State 877 (+37) T74. Josh Esler 71-76-77=224 (+14)
T85. Travis Esway 68-75-82=225 (+15)
T85. Brian Prouty 72-75-78=225 (+15)
T97. Henry Liaw 74-75-77=226 (+16)