Wildcat duo garners kudos from Golf Coaches Association of America
Lashley and Liaw were two of 18 student-athletes to receive the regional recognition. Joining them on the all-Pacific Region team were Travis Bertoni, Cal Poly; Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State; Andres Gonzales, UNLV; Rob Grube, Stanford; Ben Hayes, USC; Daniel Im, UCLA; Ryan Keeney, UNLV; Liam Kendregan, St. Mary’s (Calif.); James Lepp, Washington; Tyler Ley, USC; Pat Moore, Arizona State; Ryan Moore, UNLV; Alex Prugh, Washington; Michael Putnam, Pepperdine; Brendan Steele, UC Riverside; and Travis Whisman, UNLV.
Lashley, a senior from Scottsbluff, Neb., earned all-Pacific Region honors for the first time in his career after tying for the team lead with a 71.61 stroke average in 33 rounds played this season. In 11 stroke play events this year, he has five top-10 finishes and one top-20 effort. He ranks second on the club with 17 rounds at par or better and 10 of his 13 career rounds in the 60s came in 2004-05. Lashley has finished as the runner-up in three of his last four tournaments played, including the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional.
Liaw, a sophomore from Rowland Heights Calif., earned all-Pacific Region honors for the second straight season after tying for the team lead with a 71.61 stroke average through 36 rounds played in 2004-05. In 12 stroke play events this year, he has five top-10 finishes and two top-20 efforts. To date, 18 of his 36 rounds played have been at par or better. Liaw, also a two-time all-Pac-10 pick, posted a one-over 285 to finish in a tie for 14th place at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on April 27.
Lashley, Liaw and the rest of the Wildcat golf team will be in action, June 1-4, at the 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in Owings Mills, Md. It is the program’s 19th consecutive appearance at the Championships, which is the second longest active streak in the nation.