Tallied a final-round 73 and finished at 10-over 290
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s golfer Nathan Lashley shot a three-over-par 73 Saturday and finished in a tie for 27th place at NCAA Championships in Owings Mills, Md.
Lashley, a senior from Scottsbluff, Neb., finished the 72 holes at the 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships with a 10-over par 290. It was his first appearance at the Championships. He was the lone Wildcat to qualify for the final round after UA finished in 17th place after yesterday’s third round and missed the 54-hole cut by two strokes. Lashley won the right to play in the final round as one of six individuals by claiming one of two remaining spots in a three-man playoff prior to Saturday's final round.
Lashley’s 290 total put him 14 strokes off the pace set by Washington’s James Lepp and Pepperdine’s Michael Putnam who finished the 72 holes tied with a four-under 276. Lepp captured individual medalist honors by winning a sudden death playoff on the third hole.
Georgia won the national championship by 11 strokes over Georgia Tech with a four-round total of 1135 (+15). Washington (1153), Brigham Young (1154) and New Mexico (1158) rounded out the top-five places.
Lashley closed collegiate career with a 73.70 stroke average in 128 rounds played to go with six top-10 and four top-20 finishes. His 2004-05 season was his finest, as he led the Wildcats with a 71.70 stroke average in 37 rounds played. He posted five top-10 finishes this year and had 17 rounds at par or better.
The 72-hole 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships were contested 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 1135 (+15) 1. *James Lepp, Washington 70-67-76-63=276 (-4)
2. Georgia Tech 1146 (+26). Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67-73-69=276 (-4)
3 Washington 1153 (+33) 3. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68-71-71=279 (-1)
4. Brigham Young 1154 (+34) 4. Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70-73-73=281 (+1)
5. New Mexico 1158 (+38) 5. Rob Grube, Stanford 71-71-72-68=282 (+2)
Ryan Moore, UNLV 72-73-71-66=282 (+2)
T27. Nathan Lashley 71-71-75-73=290 (+10)
* captured individual medial honor on third hole of a sudden death playoff