Sept. 30, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team got steady performances throughout the day and sits in third place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Wildcats posted scores of 295 (+7) and 291 (+3) to finish the first day in third place in third place after 36 holes with a 586 (+10) tally. Seven of Arizona's eight countable scores over the two rounds were within two strokes of par on a day when no team in the field of 16 finished below par.
UNLV tops the field at four-over 580, one shot ahead of host New Mexico and five ahead of Arizona. San Diego State rounded out the top-four places at 587 (+11).
BYU's Zachary Blair sits atop the individual leaderboard by one stroke after carding rounds of 69 and 70 to post a five-under 139 total.
Arizona sophomore Erik Oja led the Cats on the day, as he is tied for eighth place at one-over 145. The native of Sandviken, Sweden, had an eagle-3 on his 10th hole of the second round to highlight his day. Teammate Juan Pablo Hernandez, who posted UA's lone under-par round of the day, is tied for 10th place at 146 (+2). The junior posted an opening-round 71 (-1) to notch the 16th sub-par round of his career.
Freshman Tucker Wadkins is tied for 20th place at 148 (+4) after carding identical 74s in the first two rounds of his collegiate career, while freshman Brenden Redfern and sophomore Chris Capo are tied for 39the place at six-over 150.
Three other Wildcats are participating in the tournament as individuals. Seniors Philip Bagdade and Kenji Hernandez are tied for 29th and 39th places, respectively, at five-over 149 and six-over 150. Junior Trent Redfern is tied for 56th place at eight-over 152.
The William H. Tucker Intercollegiate concludes tomorrow at the UNM Championship Course, a par-72, 7,562-yard layout. A shotgun start is scheduled for 7 a.m. MDT.
1. UNLV, 292-288=580 (+4) 2. New Mexico, 299-282=581 (+5) 3. ARIZONA, 295-291=586 (+10) 4. San Diego State, 295-292=587 (+11) 5. North Texas, 296-292=588 (+12) BYU, 294-294=588 (+12)
1. Zachary Blair, BYU; 69-70=139 (-5) 2. James Erkenbeck, New Mexico; 71-69=140 (-4) 3. Derek Ernst, UNLV; 69-73=142 (-2) Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force; 73-69=142 (-2) 5. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas; 73-70=143 (-1)
T8. Erik Oja, 73-72=145 (+1) T10. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 71-75=146 (+2) T20. Tucker Wadkins, 74-74=148 (+4) T29. Philip Bagdade (Ind.), 76-73=149 (+5) T39. Chris Capo, 78-72=150 (+6) T39. Brenden Redfern, 77-73=150 (+6) T39. Kenji Hernandez (Ind.), 76-74=150 (+6) T56. Trent Redfern (Ind.), 75-77=152 (+8)