Wildcats Win John Burns Intercollegiate

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Courtesy of arizonaathletics.com
 
College CentralThe University of Arizona men's golf team shot a final round 276 (-12) Friday to make up a two-stroke deficit and win the John Burns Intercollegiate for the second consecutive season.
 
All five Arizona golfers were at par or better in the final round as the Wildcats jumped from third place into the lead and won the event by four strokes over UNLV. Combined with Thursday's 16-under 272 total, no team in the filed of 22 could match Arizona's 28-under par tally over the final two rounds. UA's three-round total of 833 (-31) was the third-lowest tournament total in school history. New Mexico (840), California (843) and Brigham Young (848) rounded out the top five places.
 
Not only did the Wildcats successfully defend the John Burns Intercollegiate team championship won last season, but the team also won its second consecutive event. Arizona also won the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 3. The victory marked the 63rd team championship in school and the sixth in the last 12 months.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was freshman Henry Liaw, who finished in a tie for third place with a three-round total of 203 (-13). The Rowland Heights, Calif., product posted sub-par scores in all three rounds to earn his first career top-10 finish. Liaw's 13-under-par tally tied for the fifth lowest 54-hole total in relation to par in school history. It was also the eighth lowest 54-hole aggregate total in UA history. New Mexico's Spencer Levin captured individual medalist honors with a 15-under 201 total.
 
Two other Wildcats also earned top-10 finishes, bolstered by strong final-round efforts. Junior Nathan Lashley finished in ninth place with a 208 (-8) total. He carded a career-low 67 (-5) in the final round to cap his low tournament total and earn his first career top-10 finish. Freshman Nathan Tyler also shot a final round 67 en route to a 209 (-7) total and a tie for 10th place. It was the low tournament tally for Tyler and the second top-10 finish this season.
 
Senior Chris Nallen shot an even par 72 in Friday's final round and finished in a tie for 33rd place at 213 (-3). It was the first time Nallen had finished out of the top 20 in his last five events. Freshman Josh Esler tied for 60th place with a 219 (+3) total.
 
Also competing for the Wildcats was freshmen Mark Lamb. Lamb, who is competing as an individual, shot a three-over 75 in Friday's final round.
 
The 54-hole John Burns Intercollegiate was contested at Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawaii, a par 72, 6,917-yard layout.