Feb. 19, 2003
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Fresh off a victory at its home tournament, Arizona's men's golf team holds the lead at the John Burns Invitational after round one as the team posted a score of 8-under-par 280 Wednesday. Freshman Blaine Peffley paced the Wildcats, shooting 4-under-par 68 at Leleihua Golf Course to earn a tie for second place.
The Wildcats, ranked fifth in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll, sit one stroke ahead of Southern Methodist and New Mexico who are tied for second place at 281 (-7). San Diego State and Denver round out the tournament's top five after 18 holes.
Wednesday's action saw the Wildcats count four individual scores that were at par or better. Arizona has accomplished that feat three times this season-in each of its last three rounds, including the final two rounds of the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate and Wednesday's opening round in Hawaii.
Peffley stands one shot behind day one individual leader Mark Warman of San Diego State. Warman carded an opening-round 67 (-5). Four other golfers share second with Peffley, a former American Junior Golf Association All-American. Peffley's mark of 68 is a career-best for the freshman from Lebanon, Pa. In four rounds during the spring season, Peffley's score has improved in each round.
Senior Brian Woolf, competing as an individual, posted a 3-under-par 69 to position himself in a tie for seventh place, just two shots off the lead. Woolf, a senior from Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif., will look to improve on his career-best finish in a varsity event of 13th place.
Seniors Ricky Barnes and Andrew Medley each posted matching scores of 2-under-par 70 to stand tied for 13th place. Wednesday's subpar performance is Barnes' sixth consecutive round at par or better for the Wildcats. Medley, a mid-year transfer from the University of Mississippi, is competing in just his second tournament as a Wildcat.
Rounding out the Arizona lineup are junior Chris Nallen and senior Reid Hatley. Nallen used an even-par 72 to earn a share of 33rd place, while Hatley is tied for 50th after shooting a 74 (+2) in Wednesday's opening round.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament will be conducted Thursday with a 7:30 a.m. HST shotgun start. Arizona will look to earn its second tournament title in as many spring events.
Place School Score Place Golfer, School Score 1. ARIZONA 280 1. Mark Warman, San Diego St. 67 (-5) T2. Southern Methodist 281 T2. BLAINE PEFFLEY, Arizona 68 (-4) T2. New Mexico 281 T2. Peter Tomasulo, California 68 (-4) 4. San Diego St. 284 T2. Jay Mundy, Auburn 68 (-4) 5. California 286 T2. Nicholas Loar, Southern Methodist 68 (-4) T2. David Schultz, New Mexico St. 68 (-4)