March 30, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona senior Ricky Barnes was the only Wildcat to break par as the team posted a 294 in Sunday's first round of the National Invitational Tournament at Tucson National Golf Course.
Arizona, which has won three of four events this spring, tallied an opening-round 294 (+6) and stands in a tie for third place with TCU. No team in the field of 14 finished the day below par. Texas holds the lead after 18 holes, as the Longhorns carded a 289 (+1). Arizona State is in second place at 293 (+5), while Tulsa rounds out the top five places at 296 (+8).
Individually, Barnes paced the Wildcats with his opening-round 71, which places him in a tie for fifth place. The reigning U.S. Amateur Champion has been below par in four consecutive rounds. He is four strokes off the pace set by Texas' Jason Hartwick, who leads the 75-man field by two strokes with a five-under 67.
Also competing for Arizona is junior Chris Nallen, who is tied for 11th place at 73 (+1), seniors Reid Hatley and Brian Woolf, who are tied for 28th place at 75 (+3), and senior Andrew Medley, who is tied for 53rd place at 78 (+5).
Five Wildcats are competing in the event as individuals, led by freshman Zack Amole's first-round 74 (+2), which places him in a tie for 18th place. Junior Nick Juszczak is tied for 28th place at 75 (+3). Rounding out the list is sophomore Kipp Riehle, who is tied for 61st place at 79 (+7), freshman Blaine Peffley, who is tied for 66th place at 80 (+8), and sophomore Nathan Lashley, who is tied for 73rd place at 83 (+11).
The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday at Tucson National Golf Course, a par 72, 7,138-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Texas 289 (+1) 1. Jason Hartwick, Texas 67 (-5) 2. Arizona State 293 (+5) 2. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 69 (-3) 3. ARIZONA 294 (+6) 3. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 70 (-2) TCU 294 (+6) David Schultz, TCU 70 (-2) 5. Tulsa 296 (+8) 5. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71 (-1) Billy Lowry, Tulsa 71 (-1)