On the Tee:
The Rankings: The Wildcats opened the 2005-06 season ranked 22nd nationally and are currently ranked 26th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, junior Henry Liaw is the top-ranked Wildcat nationally, checking in at No. 53 on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Classmate Josh Esler comes next at No. 145.
A Look at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships: Held annually since 1960, the Pac-10 Men’s Golf Championships will be held Monday-Wednesday, April 24-26, (practice round April 23) at Big Horn Country Club, a par 71, 7,099-yard layout in
Golfer Yr. Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rd. Events
Henry Liaw Jr. 71.97 3/2 66 12
Brian Prouty Jr. 73.65 2/0 67 8
Travis Esway So. 73.48 0/0 69 10
Josh Esler Jr. 73.37 0/4 68 10
Nathan Tyler Jr. 73.13 2/2 67 9
Ben Fox Fr. 72.61 1/2 67 8
Head Coach Rick LaRose . . . is in his 28th season at the helm of the
Last Time Out:
Led by Henry Liaw and Brian Prouty, who were a combined eight-strokes under par over the last 18 holes, Arizona posted a 12-under 272 tally en route to a 54-hole total of 830 (-22). The 272 equaled UA’s low round of the season and enabled the Wildcats to top runner-up UNLV by one stroke in the 16-team field. UA 830 total was also a season low.
Henry Liaw continued his strong run over the Karsten Course with a final-round 66 (-5) that pushed him to a runner-up finish with an 11-under 202 total. For Liaw, it was the eighth top-five finish of his career, while the 202 total was the second best of his career.
Teammate Brian Prouty posted the best finish of his career by finishing third with a 54-hole total of 205 (-8). His final-round 67 equaled a career low, while the eight-under tournament tally was easily the best of his career.
Last Year at the Pac-10 Championship:
The Wildcats shot an eight-over-par 1428 and trailed Washington, who claimed the title over Arizona State by virtue of a better sixth-man tally in the final round, by three strokes at the end of the 72-hole event.
Individually, senior Nathan Lashley led the Wildcats, finishing in second place. The native of
2. Nathan Lashley.. 68-72-68-69=277 (-7) 1.
T14. Henry Liaw........ 75-75-67-68=285 (+1)
T19. Travis Esway..... 68-76-71-72=287 (+3) 3.
T28. Kipp Riehle....... 73-70-72-75=290 (+6) 4. UCLA......................... 1432
T50. Josh Esler....... 73-75-75-76=299 (+15) ! won scorecard playoff
He Likes It Here: For a coach in his 28th season, it’s safe to say that Rick LaRose has been everywhere and the Palm Desert/Palm Springs,
The Streak Continues: As mentioned above,
Ebb and Flow: The spring season has certainly been one of peaks and valleys, at least from a scoring perspective.
A Lot to Choose From: It’s a good thing that the Pac-10 Championships feature a six-man lineup. It gives the Wildcats another spot to fill. Over the course of 11 varsity events this season a total of 11 different players have made up the UA lineup. In fact,
On His Shoulders: 2004 Pac-10 individual medalist Henry Liaw is the most experienced Wildcat with 112 rounds played in his two-plus seasons in Tucson. Liaw leads the team in appearances (12), rounds played (33), stroke average (71.97), top-20 finishes (5), low round (66), low tournament total (202/-11) and rounds at par or better (18).
As He Goes, So Go the Wildcats: Look for Liaw to set the tone for the Wildcats, which is something that has been the case all spring. The 5-foot-10 junior from
Mr. Consistency: Practically a fixture in the lineup since his freshman season, junior Josh Esler is enjoying the best statistical season of his career with a 73.37 stroke average to with four top-20 finishes (one more than his first two seasons combined) and a career-best six rounds in the 60s. Furthermore, he ranks fourth on the team with 11 rounds at par or better.
Warming Up: In his first appearance last year at the Pac-10 Championships Travis Esway collected a top-20 finish with a three-over 287. More good things could be on the way for the sophomore from Granite Bay, Calif., as he has equaled a season low with a 69 in three of his last five rounds played. The effort helped him to post his second- and third-lowest tournament totals of the season in the last two appearances. He carries a 73.44 stroke average into play this week.
A New Face: Freshman Ben Fox makes his second appearance with the UA varsity as part of the countable lineup at the Pac-10 Championships. The Studio City, Calif., product has done well to earn the spot, as he ranks second on the team with a 72.61 stroke average and has been within two strokes of par or better in five of eight tournaments this season. In five spring events, Fox’s stroke average falls to 71.86, a figure that trails only Henry Liaw (71.81) since the calendar changed to 2006.
Good Timing: Junior Brian Prouty picked the right time to post the best tournament total of his career ?- it helped the Wildcats secure the program’s first win of the season. On April 8-9 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Prouty posted scores of 70-68-67 to finish in third place with an eight-under 205 total. The tournament total, placement and final-round tally were career bests for the
For Openers: Count on UA junior Nathan Tyler to be strong at the start, as he carries a 72.25 first-round stroke average into this week’s event, which is his lowest by round this season. The figure is 0.88 strokes lower than his overall average of 73.13.
Youth is Served: