Wildcat sophomore to participate in USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship in July
TUCSON, Ariz. + University of Arizona men’s golfer Henry Liaw was selected to represent the United States at the 2005 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, it was announced Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Liaw, a sophomore from Rowland Heights, Calif., is one of eight men and four women to make up the 12-person Team USA squad. The remainder of the U.S. men’s roster includes Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly; Dan Burkhart, South Carolina-Aiken; Will Dodson, SMU; Adam Horton, Methodist; J.J. Killeen, TCU; Shane Prante, St. Martin’s; and Nathan Smith, Duke. Ashley Hoagland, Wake Forest; Stacey Lewis, Arkansas; Laura Leuthke, Fresno State; and Annie Thurman-Young, Oklahoma State; comprise the women’s portion of the roster.
Liaw earned first team all-Pac-10 honors for the second straight season after posting a team-leading 71.64 stroke average through 33 rounds played in 2004-05. In 11 stroke play events this year, he has five top-10 finishes and two top-20 efforts. To date, 18 of his 33 rounds played have been at par or better. Liaw posted a one-over 285 to finish in a tie for 14th place at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on April 27.
The 30th edition of the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship will be held July 13-15 at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif, a par 70, 6,742-yard layout. The three-round event includes six doubles matches in round one and 12 singles matches in rounds two and three. Each match is worth two points with halved matches earning one point for each team.
Liaw is the ninth Arizona men’s golfer to represent the U.S. in the series a total of 10 times, and the third in the last five years. Ricky Barnes (2000-01) and Chris Nallen (2001-02) each played in the international competition following their sophomore seasons.
The U.S. leads the all-time series 22-7 and has won nine consecutive competitions.