WAHIAWA, Hawaii -- A balanced University of Arizona men's golf lineup continued to flex its muscle this spring, as the Wildcats carded an 8-under-par final round total to win the John Burns Intercollegiate by seven strokes.
With four of its five golfers finishing at par or better in Friday's final round, the Wildcats posted a 280 (-8) to win the 19-team event by seven strokes with an 843 (-21) total. Arizona's 280 was the low round of the day by three strokes. San Diego State and New Mexico (850) claimed runner-up honors, while UNLV (851) and SMU (853) rounded out the top five places.
The team win was the second of the season for Arizona, and UA's second in as many starts this spring. The last time the Wildcats won consecutive team events came in the fall of 1997, as the team captured the Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate on Sept. 29, 1997, and the Taylor Made Red River Classic on Oct. 14, 1997.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was junior Chris Nallen, who shot a final-round 69 (-3) to finish in a tie for second place at seven-under 209. It was Nallen's second consecutive runner-up finish this spring and his fifth top-10 finish in 2002-03. He has posted sub-70 totals in seven of his last 11 rounds played. Nallen finished one stroke behind individual medalist Lars Johansson of san Diego State, who won the event with a 208 (-8) total.
Also collecting a top-10 finish was senior Ricky Barnes. The Stockton, Calif., native carded a final-round 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for ninth place at 212 (-4). It was Barnes' fourth top-10 finish this season. The effort also dropped his stroke average this spring to 69.50 strokes per round. Fellow senior Reid Hatley also shot a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 12th place at 213 (-3). Hatley has finished under par in his last three tournaments dating back to fall competition.
UA senior Andrew Medley finished in a tie for 23rd place with a 215 (-1) total. Medley finished one stroke ahead of teammate Brian Woolf, who posted a three-round total of even par 216 to finish tied for 26th place as an individual. It marked Woolf's best placing in a UA varsity appearance. Freshman Blaine Peffley rounded out the UA lineup by finishing in a tie for 40th place at 219 (+3).
The 54-hole tournament was contested at Leleihua Golf Course, a par 72, 6,917-yard facility. The three-day, 54-hole event was hosted by the University of Hawaii.