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Henry Liaw Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 25, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Sophomore (2004-05):  An honorable mention All-America pick by the GCAA ... Selected to represent the United States at the 2005 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships, July 13-15, in Palo Alto, Calif. ... A first team all-Pac-10 pick for the second straight season ... No Arizona has as many rounds played over the past two seasons that Liaw’s 79 ... Led or tied for the team lead in top-10 finishes (five), rounds at par or better (18) and rounds in the 60’s (11) ... His stroke average is the same as his All-American effort (71.90) last year ... Was the Wildcats’ top finisher in six of 13 stroke play events in 2004-05 ... Thirty-five of his 39 rounds played (87.7 percent) have counted towards the team total ... Liaw has finished in the top 20 in 15 of 26 career stroke play events (57.7 percent), including nine top-10 efforts ... Shot a 74-75-77=226 (+16) to tie for 97th place at the NCAA Championships ... Carded a 71-72-71=214 (+4) to tie for 21st place at the NCAA West Regional, May 19-21, including a final-round, nine-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole (UA’s 18th of the day) that clinched the NCAA Championship bid  ... Rebounded nicely from a 75-75 start to finish 67-68 at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, April 25-27, to tie for 14th place with a one-over 285 total ... Carded a first-round 82, a collegiate high, en route to his second-worst career finish, a tie for 61st place at the U.S. Intercollegiate, April 16-17, after shooting a 16-over 226 ... Finished tied for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, April 8-9, after shooting a 68-73-72=213 (E) ... Tallied a 68-78-68=214 (-2) to tie for 27th place, March 27-29, at the National Invitational Tournament ... Was the lone Wildcat to finish under par at the Hall of Fame Invitational, March 18-20, with a 71-72-72=215 (-1) to tie for 13th place ... Tied for ninth place with a 69-66-72=207 (-9), Feb. 23-25, at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate ... Opened the spring with a fourth-place effort at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, after carding a 71-66-70=207 (-6) ... Made an appearance on the European PGA Tour, Nov. 25-28, at the Volvo China Open at Shanghai Silport Golf Course where he tied for 62nd place with a 73-77-74-74=298 (+10) total and was the only amateur in the field to make the cut ... Went 1-2 at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, Nov. 14-16, with his only win (4 and 3) coming in the opening match against Brandon Lawson of Purdue ... Tied for seventh place at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Oct. 25-26, with a 74-72=146 (+2) tally ... Carded a 67-78-74=209 (-7) en route to a tie for third at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, Oct. 1-2 ... Tied for 34th  place at The Preview by Ping and Golfweek with a 69-71-80=220 (+10) total, Sept. 26-27 ... Registered a 73-76-73=222 (+6) to tie for 27th place at the 2004 Topy Cup in Japan.


Freshman (2003-04):  Expected to be one of the top freshmen in college golf and certainly lived up to the expectations, earning PING/GCAA honorable mention All-America and all-Freshman honors ... Also garnered Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year accolades ... Qualified for match play at the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, losing 5&4 to Anthony Kim of Norman, Okla., in the first round after carding a 73-75=148 (+4) in the stroke play portion ... Ranked second on the team with a 71.90 stroke average ... That mark drops to 70.76 in spring competition ... His spring stroke average is 4.15 strokes lower than the 74.91 average last fall ... Liaw’s freshman stroke average trails only Ricky Barnes’ 71.04 tally in 1999-2000 and Chris Nallen’s 71.81 mark in 2000-01 as the third-lowest freshman scoring average in school history ... Second on the team with 25 rounds at par or better (22 of his 29 rounds this spring have been at par or better) ... Tied for 44th place at the NCAA Championships with a 78-70-72-74=294 (+14) total ... Named to GCAA national all-Freshman team on May 27 .... Also named to the GCAA all-Pacific region on May 27 ... Collected eight consecutive top-20 finishes prior to the NCAA Championships ... One of two freshmen (Esler) to see action in all 14 varsity events ... Tied for 13th on May 22 at the NCAA West Regional after carding a 71-68-78=217 (+1), which a string a seven straight under par tournament totals ... Named Golf World magazine national player-of-the-week on May 7 for his efforts at the Pac-10 Championships ... Became the eighth player in school history to capture individual medalist honors at the conference championship (just the second freshman) on April 28 as he fired a 69-70-72-68=279 (-9) to win by four strokes ... His final-round 68 (-4) at the Pac-10 Championships was the low round of the day and the driving force behind Arizona’s 14-stroke turnaround en route to the team title as well ... Shot a 70-71-71=212 (-4) to tie for 20th place on April 10 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational ... Carded a 69-71-71=211 (-5) to tie for third place (equaling his best collegiate finish) at the National Invitational Tournament ... Carded a 71-71-69=211 (-5) to tie for 12th place March 21 at the Hall of Fame Invitational ... The only Wildcat to finish under par at the Southern Highlands Collegiate after shooting 65-76-74=215 (-1) and tieing for 18th place ... Collected his best collegiate finish to date (T3rd) at the John Burns Intercollegiate Feb. 20 with a 69-64-70=208 (-8) total ... Opened the spring with a 66-70-74=210 (-3) to tie for 12th place on Feb. 3 ... Went 1-2-0 Nov. 7-9 at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship ... Posted his best collegiate finish with a 70-70-78=218 (+5) to tie for 38th place at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate ... Finished 76th at the Windon Memorial Classic with a 17-over 233 ... Carded a 75-75=150 (+10) at The Preview by Ping and Golfweek to tie for 47th place ... One of two freshmen to make his collegiate debut in the first varsity event of the season ... Tallied a 78-71-74=223 (+7) to tie for 40th place Sept. 13 at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.


High School:  Attended Los Altos High School and was a four-year letterwinner for coach Dick Slocek ... Served as team captain for three consecutive seasons (2001-03) ... A four-time team most valuable player ... Three-time league champion ... A three-time AJGA All-America selection ... Won four junior world championships (1996, ?'98, ?'99 and 2000) ... Two-time Southern California PGA Player of the Year ... Won the 2001 United States Junior Amateur championship ... Played for the West in the 2002 Canon Cup ... A 2002 World Cup Junior Amateur team member ... Was a quarterfinalist in the 2002 U.S. Amateur ... Career-low round is a 58.


Henry Liaw’s Career Statistics














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203 (-13)









207 (-9)









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Sept. 7-9

2004 Topy Cup

73-76-73=222 (+6)


Sept. 26-27

The Preview by Ping & Golfweek

69-71-80=220 (+10)


Oct. 1-2

William H. Tucker Intercollegiate

67-68-74=209 (-7)


Oct. 25-26

Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

74-72=146 (+2)


Nov. 14-16

Hooters Collegiate Match Play Champ.

W, 4&3/L, 4&3/L, 1-up


Jan. 31-Feb. 1

PING-Arizona Intercollegiate

71-66-70=207 (-6)


Feb. 23-25

John A. Burns Intercollegiate

69-66-72=207 (-9)


March 18-20

Hall of Fame Invitational

71-72-72=215 (-1)


March 27-29

National Invitational Tournament

68-78-68=214 (-2)


April 8-9

ASU Thunderbird Invitational

68-73-72=213 (E)


April 16-17

U.S. Intercollegiate

82-72-72=226 (+16)


April 25-27

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