Men's golf beats top-ranked UNLV, but No. 1 women fall

By Scott Bricker
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 29, 1996

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Rory Sabbatini


The Arizona men's golf team upset No.1-ranked UNLV three matches to two yesterday to win the championship of the Rolex National Intercollegiate Match Play Team Championships in La Quinta, Calif.

The top-ranked Arizona women, however, were upset themselves and had to settle for fifth place. The tournament was played on the par-72 Tom Weiskopf Private Course at PGA West.

Rory Sabbatini, who held a five-hole lead with four holes remaining and beat Ted Oh, and freshman Todd Rose, who had a five-hole lead with three to play and beat Gilberto Morales, led the UA men. Andy Barnes' one-up victory over Jeremy Anderson clinched t he title for Arizona.

Unlike par play, which uses the total number of strokes to determine a winner, match play pits two players head-to-head on every hole. Therefore, Sabbatini was five holes up on Oh with four holes to play, and Rose was five holes up with three to play.

The Arizona women were upset by Duke in the fourth-place match yesterday, four matches to one. Junior Heather Graff had the lone victory for Arizona, seven and six over Alicia Allison.

Stanford defeated San Jose State 3 1/2 matches to 1 1/2 to win the women's championship, while Texas defeated Arizona State five matches to zero to take third place.

Texas Christian defeated East Tennessee State to take third place on the men's side.

Both Arizona squads will next see action when they travel to the Golf World Invitational at Hilton Head, S.C. on Nov. 8-10.