April 26, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Arizona State moved into the lead at the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, Tuesday, after the third round of play at the par 71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club.
Arizona State jumped past second round leader UCLA after posting the lowest single-round team score of the tournament, a 6-under 349. The Sun Devils are ahead of UCLA by three strokes with a team score of 1,058 (-7).
The Sun Devils are led by senior Pat Moore, who is currently in first place individually, leading by four strokes with a score of 203 (-10). Moore, who won last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate, has held the lead at the Pac-10 Championships since holing a wedge during the second round from 65 yards on the par-4, 14th hole. The eagle propelled Moore into the lead and he has yet to relinquish it since.
"I finally broke through and won last week," said Moore. "I'm just really relaxed now and I've finally proved to myself I can win. I've played pretty solid this week, so hopefully I can do it again tomorrow."
The Sun Devils are looking to win their first Pac-10 team championship since 2000, when they won their record sixth consecutive team title.
"I would like to start another streak, and you can't start another streak without winning one," said Arizona State Head Coach Randy Lein. "That's what we're after."
The Bruins are the only other team under par, posting a three-round team score of 1,061 (-4). UCLA, the two-time defending NCAA West Regional Champions, are led by the play of freshman Kevin Chappell. Chappell is currently tied for fourth with a three-round total of 208 (-5).
The Bruins, who have four players in the top 25, head into Wednesday's final round looking to pass Arizona State and capture their second Pac-10 Championship in three years.
Freshman Rob Grube has catapulted the Stanford Cardinal from a tie for sixth to their current third place standing. Grube's third-round 5-under 66 is the lowest round of the tournament thus far, and has lifted him into a tie for second place.
"I hit the ball really well today," Grube said. "I hit almost every green and I hit it really close a lot. It was a pretty easy 66, I didn't have to make a lot of putts or anything."
University of Washington sophomore Erik Olson has also lifted himself into a tie for second place, shooting 68 (-3) Tuesday, and keeping the Huskies within two strokes of Stanford.
"Our team chances are good tomorrow," Olson said. "We're playing really well and everyone on our team is hitting it good."
Defending Pac-10 team champion Arizona also made a move up the leader board Tuesday, jumping from a tie for sixth place into fourth place. Defending Pac-10 individual champion Henry Liaw fired a 4-under 67, while senior Nathan Lashley fired a 3-under 68. Lashley is currently tied for fourth place with a 5-under 208, while Liaw, a sophomore, is tied for 28th with a 217 (+4).
"We need some help from the other teams," Liaw said. "I know it sounds bad, but we need some other teams to post some high numbers so we can get back in it and maybe make a run tomorrow like we did last year."
Four schools currently in sixth through ninth place are separated by only four strokes. Oregon is in sixth place with a three-round total of 1,081 (+16), California and Southern California are tied for seventh place with team scores of 1,082 (+17) and Washington State is in ninth with 1,083 (+18). Oregon State is in 10th with a score of 1,091 (+26) to round out the scoring at the tournament.
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
April 25-27, 2005
Walla Walla Country Club; Walla Walla, Wash.
Par 71, 6,606 yards
Results After Rounds 3 of 4
Team Results: 1. Arizona State (351-358-349--1058, -7), 2. UCLA (352-355-354--1061, -4), 3. Stanford (363-359-351--1073, +8), 4. Arizona (356-366-352--1074, +9), 5. Washington (371-353-351--1075, +10), 6. Oregon (369-357-355--1081, +16), T7. California (353-361-368--1082, +17), T7. Southern California (362-352-368--1082, +17), 9. Washington State (359-358-366--1083, +18), 10. Oregon State (363-366-362--1091, +26).
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Pat Moore, Arizona State (67-67-69--203, -10), T2. Rob Grube, Stanford (69-72-66--207, -6), T2. Erik Olson, Washington (70-69-68--207, -6), T4. Kevin Chappell, UCLA (67-70-71--208, -5), T4. Michael Jensen, California (69-68-71--208, -5), T4. Nathan Lashley, Arizona (68-72-68--208, -5), 7. Brandon Beck, California (69-69-72--210, -3), T8. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (71-69-71--211, -2), T8. Justin St. Clair, Oregon (70-72-69--211, -2), 10. John Poucher, UCLA (72-70-70--212, -1). WSU Notes:
Washington State freshman Jordan Mason and sophomore Kevin Chen are in the top 25 at the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, Tuesday, after three rounds at the par 71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club.
Mason is tied for 18th with a score of 215 (+2), while Chen is tied for 23rd with a 216 (+3).
The Cougars are in ninth place as a team, with a three-round total of 1,083 (+18). The Cougars are only 10 strokes back of third place Stanford.