Sept. 29, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team finished in ninth place Saturday at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Wildcats carded a 15-over 303 and finished the 14-team event in ninth place with an 895 (+31) tally. No Arizona player shot better than a two-over 74 over the final 18 holes and its third-round score was its highest of the tournament.
Host New Mexico won the event by 29 shots, posting a three-round total of 849 (-15). Colorado finished second at 878, while San Francisco finished in third place at 886.
"Obviously, today's round was disappointing," said UA head coach Jim Anderson. "We struggled to get the ball to places where you can have a chance at birdie or at least manage par. With the way the course was set up, you have to be sound both physically and mentally. We know we will have to adjust quickly as another strong field awaits us at the Pac-12 Preview."
Arizona was led by junior Erik Oja, who tied for 10th place with a three-over 219 total, It marked the sixth career top-10 finish for the native of Sandviken, Sweden, and was UA's third top-10 finish in two events this fall. Oja's second-round 70 equaled a season low.
"The golf course was set up today to be more difficult, so scores were a little higher," said Anderson. "Erik didn't have his best, but yesterday's scores plus a fighting effort to the end today got him in the top 10. He has a lot of experience and we will need him to use that to build confidence going forward."
Sophomore Alex McMahon, playing as an individual, collected his second career top-20 finish by tying for 16th place with a five-over 221. It was the first action of the season for the product of Oro Valley, Ariz., who also competed in the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Freshman Dylan Healey, sophomore Tucker Wadkins and senior Trent Redfern all finished within two strokes of each other. Healey tied for 33rd place at 225 (+9), a stroke ahead of individual Wadkins, who tied for 38th place, and two ahead of Redfern, who tied for 43rd.
Juan Pablo Hernandez, one of two Cats to post a 74 Saturday, tied for 51st place at 229 (+13), three shots ahead of teammate Dylan Kornberg, who finished in 63rd place at 232 (+16). Benson Liu, playing as an individual, tied for 71st place with a 236 total
The 54-hole William H. Tucker Intercollegiate was contested at the UNM Championship Course, a par-72, 7,562-yard layout.
Arizona next will be in action, Oct. 8-9, at the Pac-12 Preview in North Plains, Ore.
Top-Five Teams 1. New Mexico, 283-285-281=849 (-15) 2. Colorado, 289-294-295=878 (+14) 3. San Francisco, 297-284-305=886 (+22) 4. BYU, 298-293-299=890 (+26) Baylor, 296-290-304=890 (+26) Minnesota, 288-308-294=890 (+26)
Top-Five Individuals 1. Gavin Green, New Mexico; 71-69-69=209 (-7) 2. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota; 66-73-71=210 (-6) 3. John Catlin, New Mexico; 76-69-67=212 (-4) 4. Cory McElyea, San Francisco; 69-69-75=213 (-3) 5. Pete Fernandez, UC Irvine; 70-69-75=214 (-2)
Arizona Finishers T10. Erik Oja, 73-70-76=219 (+3) T16. Alex McMahon (Ind.), 73-70-78=221 (+5) T33. Dylan Healey, 75-74-76=225 (+9) T38. Tucker Wadkins (Ind.), 80-72-74=226 (+10) T43. Trent Redfern, 71-77-79=227 (+11) T51. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 77-78-74=229 (+13) 63. Dylan Kornberg, 74-81-77=232 (+16) T71. Benson Liu (Ind.), 75-80-81=236 (+20)