Liaw, Lashley named to first and second teams, respectively
TUCSON, Ariz. + Four University of Arizona men’s golfers were honored with all-Pacific-10 Conference accolades, in voting released recently by the league’s head coaches.
Henry Liaw, Nathan Lashley received all-conference honors, while Travis Esway and Kipp Riehle were honorable mention selections. It marks the fifth consecutive season, and the 25th time in the last 27 years, that Arizona has had at least one first team all-conference selection. Since joining the Pac-10 in 1978-79, Arizona golfers have earned a total of 86 all-league accolades with 44 of those being first-team selections.
Liaw, a sophomore from Rowland Heights, Calif., 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, Liaw has five top-10 finishes and two top-20 efforts. To date, 18 of his 33 rounds played have been at par or better. He posted a one-over 285 to finish in a tie for 14th place at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on April 27.
Lashley, a senior from Scottsbluff, Neb., earned all-conference honors for the first time in his career after finishing as the runner-up at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. He carded a 68-72-68-69=277 (-7) to equal a career-best placing and post his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Lashley has a career-low 71.87 stroke average through 30 rounds played and 15 of those rounds have been at par or better. He ranks second on the team with eight rounds in the 60s this year.
Esway, a freshman from Granite Bay, Calif., earned honorable mention honors after posting a 72.67 stroke average through 30 rounds played. One of two Wildcats to claim individual medalist honors this season, Esway finished tied for 19th place at the Pac-10 Championships with a three-over 287 total. A regular in the UA lineup since mid-fall, Esway has three top-20 finishes to his credit in addition to his tournament win and ranks third on the club with 13 rounds at par or better.
Riehle, a senior from Phoenix, earned honorable mention honors after finishing in a tie for 28th place at the Pac-10 Championships with a six-over 290 total. Through 19 rounds this year, Riehle has a 73.58 stroke average, but has come on strong of late. Over his last four appearances (13 rounds), he’s averaging 71.77 strokes per round to go with one tournament win and another top-20 effort. It is the first time that Riehle has been named all-conference.
The Wildcats will next be in action, May 19-21, at the NCAA Regional. The West Regional will be contested at the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.