TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team finished the first day of the Arizona Intercollegiate in a tie for fourth-place with a total of 581 (+13).
The Wildcats ended the first round with a collective 290 (+5). Arizona was in fourth-place entering the second round. At the end of the day, the Wildcats remained in fourth, tied with BYU.
"I was pleased with our team's effort," head coach Jim Anderson said. "We knew what the golf course was going to be like, but we did a great job 70-percent of the time executing. There were a few situations where we made some errors that cost us from having a good shot at being in position to win, not that we can't still do it."
Southern California and California are tied for first-place, leading the group. Anthony Paolucci of USC leads the individual race shooting 135 (-7) on the day.
Leading the Wildcats was sophomore Kolton Lapa. In the first round, Lapa concluded the first 18 holes with a 71 (E) and positioned himself in a tie for 10th place, overall. Lapa paced himself through the first 10 holes of the second round and was one under par entering the second half. In his debut as a Wildcat, Lapa ended the first day of play with a total of 140 (-2), which improved his standing to third-place with Tuesday’s final round left to play.
"Having Kolton step up, especially in his first rounds as a Wildcat, I was very proud of the golf he played," Anderson said. "I know Kolton is a competitor and he took an attitude that he couldn't be denied. I'm very happy with his individual effort and to be in third-place shows what kind of player he is."
Senior Erik Oja ended the first round shooting 72 (+1) and entered the second round in a tie for 16th-place. Oja ended the day with 145 (+3) after shooting a 73 (+2).
Junior Alex McMahon concluded the first round in a tie for 30th place having shot 74 (+3). In the second round, McMahon was able to end the day with a total of 147 (+5).
Brenden Redfern, also a junior, shot 73 (+2) in the first round. Ending the second round, Redfern shot a 76 (+5) and totaled a 149 (+7).
Senior Benson Liu ended the first round also in a tie for 30th-place, shooting 74 (+3). At the end of the day, he had a total of 151 (+9) after a second-round total of 77 (+6).
Playing as an individual, Christian Colegrove shot 154 (+12) on Monday and stands in a tie for 55th-place with 18 holes to play. Behind him was Dyland Kornberg who shot 156 (+14). Ricky Lee ended with a 157 (+15). Tucker Wadkins and Bertrand Mommaerts rounded out the Wildcat individuals shooting a 165 (+23) and 167 (+25), respectively.
"I'm hoping for a team effort tomorrow," Anderson said. "We need to have five guys playing for something greater than themselves on the line. If we can get that, we will post our best round of the year and it will be at home. In team golf, it's not impossible to make up 17 shots, so we will do our best and let the scores add up."
Live scoring is available for the Arizona Intercollegiate at www.golfstats.com. Final results will also be posted at the end of Tuesday’s final round. For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter.