Lashley’s two-over 142 has him tied for 21st place
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona men’s golf team shot a 16-over-par 296 Thursday and fell into 12th place after 36 holes of the NCAA Championships in Owings Mills, Md.
On a day in which every team in the field was over par, Arizona followed suit as none of its five-man lineup managed to break par as the Wildcats posted a 296 team total and stand in 12th place at the midpoint of the tournament with an 18-over 578 total. Thursday’s effort caused the team to slip nine places on the leader board heading into Friday’s third round.
Georgia continues to lead the 30-team field with a two-under 558 total, nine strokes ahead of Tennessee. Georgia Tech (569) and USC (572) occupy third and fourth places, while four teams are tied for fifth position.
The Wildcats never got on track during Thursday’s second round. Starting on the tenth hole, Arizona was a cumulative 12-over par through the first nine holes. A day earlier, the Wildcats played the same stretch of holes at two-under par.
Senior Nathan Lashley remains Arizona’s most consistent golfer, as his two-over 142 tally has him in a tie for 21st place. The Scottsbluff, Neb., native has carded identical 71 through the first two rounds and is one of only two Wildcat golfers in the top 40 places. Pepperdine’s Michael Putnam leads the 156-man field with a six-under 134 total.
Travis Esway shot a 75 today and is tied for 31st place at 143 (+3), four strokes ahead of teammates Josh Esler and Brian Prouty, who are tied for 70th place at 147 (+7). Prouty carded a five-over 75 Thursday, while Esler managed a six-over 76.
Sophomore Henry Liaw tallied a five-over 75 and is tied for 96th place at 149 (+9).
The 72-hole 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships continue through Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Course, a par 70, 7,124-yard layout. Arizona is making its 19th consecutive appearance at the national championship, the second-longest active streak in the country.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals
1. Georgia 558 (-2) 1. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67=134 (-6)
2. Tennessee 567 (+7) 2. Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70=135 (-5)
3 Georgia Tech 569 (+9) 3. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68=137 (-3)
4. USC 572 (+12) James Lepp, Washington 70-67=137 (-3)
5. UNLV 574 (+14) 5. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 67-71=138 (-2)
Duke 574 (+14) Shawn Jasper, Missouri 72-66=138 (-2)
Georgia State 574 (+14) Ross McGowan, Tennessee 67-71=138 (-2)
Washington 574 (+14) Michael Schachner, Duke 70-68=138 (-2)
Brendan Todd, Georgia 68-70=138 (-2)
T21. Nathan Lashley 71-71=142 (+2)
T31. Travis Esway 68-75=143 (+3)
T70. Josh Esler 71-76=147 (+7)
T70. Brian Prouty 72-75=147 (+7)
T96. Henry Liaw 74-75=149 (+9)