Hansen: Arizona to host Pac-12 men's golf championships

2014-04-20T13:15:00Z 2014-04-28T12:18:48Z Hansen: Arizona to host Pac-12 men's golf championships Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2014 1:15 pm

Arizona will play host to the Pac-12 men’s golf championships Friday through Sunday at The Gallery Golf Club. If history holds, coach Jim Anderson’s team will do well in the brutally difficult Pac-12. As host of the conference championships in 1984, 1994 and 2004, Arizona finished, in order, third, second and first. It produced individual champions Paul Nolen, Jason Gore and Henry Liaw. Nolen is now the director of golf at The Gallery. Arizona, ranked No. 83 nationally, will face No. 5 Cal, No. 6 Stanford, No. 13 Washington and No. 15 UCLA, among others. ASU, which is ranked No. 27, isn’t likely to include on its roster Nogales’ Alberto Sanchez, a sophomore who hasn’t regularly been in the Sun Devils’ top five this year. Utah’s roster includes CDO grad Gentry Hicks, although he isn’t expected to be part of the Utes’ lineup. … Catalina Foothills senior tennis standout Jackson Lee is bidding to become the third member of his family to win the state singles championship. His father, Mike Lee, won the 1980 state singles title at Sabino. Jackson’s younger brother, also named Mike, won the 2013 state singles title at Foothills. Jackson won the state doubles title in 2011 at Sabino and is now at Foothills with his brother. Last week, Jackson accepted a scholarship to play college tennis at NAU, where the Lumberjacks are in the process of building a multi-million dollar tennis facility, with six indoor and six outdoor courts. … Empire High School senior Kelsey Smith, the Star’s 2013 Southern Arizona softball Player of the Year, is even better this year. Through Friday, Smith was hitting .506 with 60 RBIs and a state-leading 13 home runs. She is 12-1 as a pitcher. Empire reached the state semifinals last season and at 20-3 appears to be on a similar trajectory.

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