Oct. 14, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Arizona junior Chris Nallen fired a seven-under-par 135 Monday to take a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Nallen, a native of Blairstown, N.J., carded an opening-round 69 (-2) and followed with a 66 (-5) in the day's second 18 holes to forge a one-stroke lead at 135 (-7) over a pair of players at 136. The sub-70 rounds were the 19th and 20th of his career, and his second-round 66 was one stroke shy of his career low.
Nallen's stellar play came on the heels of the worst tournament finish of his career. At last week's Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview, he shot a three-round 232 (+16) and finished tied for 49th place. His efforts Monday placed the Wildcats in a tie for sixth place at 565 (-3). That total is the team's best of the season through 36 holes by 10 strokes. Clemson leads the 12-team field with a 556 (-12) total.
Joining Nallen in the top-10 places is Reid Hatley. The senior from Spokane, Wash., equaled a career-low with a 67 (-4) in the opening round and is tied for ninth place at 139 (-3). Freshman Blaine Peffley also stands among the top 30 with his two-round total of 145 (+3).
Also competing for Arizona is junior Andy Connell, who is tied for 35th place at 146 (+4) and sophomore Nathan Lashley, who is tied for 46th place at 149 (+7). Arizona is without the services of senior Ricky Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion, who is preparing to compete for the United States in the World Amateur Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 54-hole Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate concludes Tuesday. The event is held at the Old Overton Golf Course, a par 71, 6,958-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. Clemson 556 (-12) 1. Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-66=135 (-7) 2. Texas 562 (-6) 2. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 66-70=136 (-6) 3. TCU 563 (-5) Ryan Moore, UNLV 66-70=136 (-6) 4. UNLV 564 (-4) 4. J.J. Wall, Texas 70-67=137 (-5) Wake Forest 564 (-4) Matt Hendrix, Clemson 68-69=137 (-5)