Aug. 9, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen qualified to play in the 2001 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Nallen, who will be a sophomore this fall, will compete in the 2001 U.S. Amateur Championship, which is scheduled for Aug. 20-26 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. He qualified for the event by shooting a two-round total of 140 at the Country Club of Hershey in Harrisburg, Pa., on Aug. 7.
The Blairstown, N.J., native earned third team All-America honors in 2000-01 after a freshman campaign in which he posted a 71.81 stroke average and tallied three top-10 finishes. Nallen picked up his first career win on April 22 at the U.S. Intercollegiate and closed the 2000-01 season with four consecutive top-15 finishes. He was the leading freshman at the 2001 NCAA West Regional and finished at par or better in 17 of 26 rounds last spring, including eight rounds in the 60s. He finished in a tie for 13th place at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Teammate Ricky Barnes earned alternate status in his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Barnes, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, posted a two-round total of 142 in qualifying on July 30 at the Muskegon Country Club in Muskegon, Mich., to miss an automatic berth by one stroke.