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Wildcats Finish Fifth at John A. Burns Intercollegiate
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/20/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

LIHUE, Hawaii - The Arizona men’s golf team finished the second and final day of the John Burns Intercollegiate in a two-way tie for fifth place with a total of 580 (+4).

The tournament was cut to 36 holes due to inclement weather, including flash flood warnings and thunderstorms.

"We were disappointed to not get out to play today," head coach Jim Anderson said. "The guys really wanted to avenge some mistakes from yesterday and finish on a strong note. Unfortunately, the weather and conditions on the course made it impossible to play."

Three-time defending champion California won the tournament at 16-under 560, nine strokes better than BYU and Texas A&M, who finished at 569. Justin Keiley of BYU earned the win against defending individual champion, Joel Stalter of California.

Leading the Wildcats was Senior Erik Oja who finished in the top-three with a tournament score of 139 (-5). Benson Liu rounded out the top-15 finishes in a tie for 14th with a total of 143 (-1). 

"While we know we could have improved our position this week, we did have some positives to take away," Anderson said. "We beat some very good teams and will likely improve our ranking again. We take confidence knowing that our path is improving. Plus, we had a great week bonding as team a long way from home. Hopefully we have some great memories to reflect on from our experience." 

ROUND TWO RECAP - FEB. 20, 2014

“Today was a humbling day for us,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “We didn’t get off to the start we wanted so we were fighting it all the way around. We had a few mistakes by not executing and had a few bad spots where we made bad decisions.”

The Wildcats shot five-over par on the day and dropped three spots from the No. 2 spot. Arizona will have the opportunity to regain the lead with one final round to play.

“Our attitude today was good for most of the way,” Anderson said. “However, on this team, we can’t afford to give back shots because of mental errors. The good news is that we know we can string together the low final round and move back up the leaderboard.”

Senior Erik Oja remains in the top-five, finishing the round in third place. Oja shot 75 (+3) on the day making his total 139 (-5) and only five shots behind the top finisher, Justin Keiley of BYU.

“Erik learned today about playing with the lead,” Anderson said. “It is great experience and we will make sure everyone’s focus is on the team score.”

In a bounce back fashion, Alex McMahon was in red numbers shooting 70 (-2) and finishing in a tie for 31st place, a large jump from yesterday’s finish. McMahon led the Cats in the second round and now has an overall score of 146 (+2).

“It was great to have Alex step up and return to form today,” Anderson said. “When we match Alex and Erik up with good rounds, we usually post pretty good scores.”

Benson Liu finished the day shooting 73 (+1). Despite falling in the individual rankings, Liu is still under par in his total with a score of 143 (-1). Liu remains in the top-15, tied for 14th.

Sophomore Kolton Lapa sits in 74th place after shooting 78 (+6). Brenden Redfern rounded out the Arizona team effort with a score of 77 (+5).

Individual Wildcat Parker Houston shot 82 (+10) to end the day. Houston currently sits in a tie for 85th.

For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter and on Facebook.com/ArizonaWildcatsGolf.

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