Sept. 11, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team finished in second place Tuesday at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash.
Led by four players in the top-20 places individually, the Wildcats posted a one-under 287 and finished the 11-team event in second place with an 887 (+23) total. UA's final-round tally was its lowest of the tournament and solidified the team's first top-five finish in fall competition since October 2008.
Arizona finished 12 strokes behind host-Washington State, who carded an 11-over 875 total. San Jose State (890) and Cal State Fullerton (902) finished in third and fourth places, respectively.
Playing in his first collegiate event, UA's Dylan Healy, a freshman from Brentwood, Tenn., finished the tournament in a tie for second place after carding a final-round 74. Healey's 217 (+1) total put him four strokes behind individual medalist Hank Frame of Washington State.
Senior Trent Redfern, who played the final two rounds at one-under par, posted a 222 total (+6) to finish in a tie for eighth place and earn his second career top-10 finish. The Austin, Texas, native's final-round 71 was his low round of the tournament.
Junior Erik Oja and senior Juan Pablo Hernandez each collected top-20 finishes, tying for 15th and 19th places, respectively. Oja, fired a final-round 70, UA's low round of the day, en route to a 227 (+11) total, while Hernandez registered an even-par 72 to finish at 228 (+12).
Benson Liu finished in a tie for 40th place at 17-over 233, while two other Wildcats - Dylan Kornberg and Ricky Lee -competed in the event as individuals. Kornberg tied for 50the place at 236, five shots and six places ahead of Lee.
The 54-hole Itani Quality homes Collegiate was contested at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club, a par-72, 7,308-yard layout. The facility will host an NCAA men's golf regional in May 2013.
Arizona next will be in action, Sept. 28-29, at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
Top-Five Teams 1. Washington State, 302-295-278=875 (+11) 2. ARIZONA, 306-294-287=887 (+23) 3. San Jose State, 309-300-281=890 (+26) 4. Cal State Fullerton, 316-300-286=902 (+38) 5. Gonzaga, 309-302-297=908 (+44) Idaho, 306-306-296=908 (+44)
Top-Five Individuals 1. Hank Frame, Washington St.; 76-69-68=213 (-3) 2. Dylan Healey, Arizona; 75-68-74=217 (+1) Connor Covington, SJSU; 73-74-70=217 (+1) 4. Dakota Duerr, CSUF; 76-73-71=220 (+4) Kent Hagen, Washington St.; 72-71-77=220 (+4) Taeksoo Kim, Boise State; 75-72-73=220 (+4)
Arizona Finishers T2. Dylan Healey, 75-68-74=217 (+1) T8. Trent Redfern, 79-72-71=222 (+6) T15. Erik Oja, 78-79-70=227 (+11) T19. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 81-75-72=228 (+12) T40. Benson Liu 74-81-78=233 (+17) T50. Dylan Kornberg (Ind.), 83-81-72=236 (+20) T56. Ricky Lee (Ind.), 84-83-74=241 (+25)