Arizona Wins Going Away

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Courtesy of arizonaathletics.com
 
College CentralTUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen carded a final-round 68 en route to a record-setting three-round tally of 195 to claim individual medalist honors Tuesday and lead the Wildcats to the team title at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate.
 
Nallen's three-round 195 (-18) total broke his own school scoring record and enabled Arizona to win the team title with an 824 (-28) total. Both Nallen's individual score and the team total were PING-Arizona Intercollegiate scoring records. UA's three-round tally was the third lowest tournament total in school history. Its victory was the 62nd win in program history and the fifth in the last 12 months. Arizona won the event by 10 strokes over New Mexico. Arizona State (843), USC (848) and Wake Forest (852) rounded out the top five places.
 
For Nallen, it continues a run of almost dominating play, as he has posted eight consecutive competitive rounds in the 60s dating back to Oct. 13, 2003. In that span, Nallen is averaging 65.13 strokes per round, a figure that includes two 63s and a 62. He has won two events of those thee events and lowered his season stroke average to 69.59.
 
It was the second consecutive victory for Nallen and the fourth of his collegiate career. He his now tied for fifth on Arizona's career victories list. Nallen's 195 broke his the former scoring record (196/-17) he equaled in his last appearance, Nov. 24-25, at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. In addition to his three-round scoring record, Nallen also posted the school's 36-hole scoring record, and added two scores to the 18-hole scoring top 10.

In addition to Nallen, two other Wildcats collected top-15 finishes, as freshmen Henry Liaw and Nathan Tyler each tied for 12th place. Liaw, a product of Rowland Heights, Calif., finished with a 210 (-3) total, which was the lowest of his career. It also included a first-round 66, his first collegiate round in the 60s. Tyler, a native of Tucson, Ariz., posted his second straight sub-par tournament with a three-under 210.
 
Junior Nathan Lashley equaled his season low, a one-over 214, to tie for 28th place. Rounding out the UA varsity lineup was freshman Josh Esler, who tied for 42nd place with a 219 (+6) total.
 
The Arizona junior varsity tallied a 33-over-par 885 to finish in 15th place. Junior Nick Juszczak and freshman Mark Lamb both tied for 16th place with three-round total of 211 (-2). Ben Marsh finished in 76th place at 232 (+19), Kipp Riehle finished in 78th place at 234 (+21) and Blaine Peffley finished in a tie for 79th place at 235 (+22)
 
The Wildcats also had three players in the field competing as individuals. Brian Prouty tied for 24th place with an even-par 213, while Brett Carter tied for 67th place at 227 (+14) and Billy Whalen tied for 73rd place at 228 (+15).
 
The 54-hole PING-Arizona Intercollegiate was contested at Arizona National Country Club at Sabino Springs, a par 71, 6,793-yard layout.
 
Eighteenth-ranked Arizona will next be in action, Feb. 18-20, at the John Burns Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.