Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
M Golf in Fifth at John A. Burns Intercollegiate
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 18, 2010
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Feb. 18, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. – Behind a 281 (-7) second round, Arizona moved into fifth place in the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. California emerged as the day two leader at 18 under par.

Arizona was led by Tarquin MacManus and Jonathan Khan who each carded a 69 (-3) in the second round. MacManus positioned himself for a run at a third consecutive top-10 finish in this event. At two under, MacManus is tied for 16th. Also tied for 16th is Phil Bagdade who shot par on the day.


After day one, California and SMU were tied atop the leader board at ten under. On Thursday, Cal took sole possession of first with a 280 (-8). The Bears were helped by SMU’s 292 (+4) that dropped it to sixth place in the tournament. Texas A&M carded the lowest round of the tournament thus far, a 275 (-13), to jump into second place. At 16 under, the Aggies are just two strokes off the lead. Also within striking distance of Cal are UNLV and BYU, who are 14 and 13 under, respectively.


Cal will look for a sweep of both the team title and individual medal Friday, as Golden Bear Stephen Hale has the lead individually with 18 holes left to be played. Hale, the first round leader, carded a 71 (-1) Thursday to hold that lead, and currently sits at eight under. Derek Ernst of UNLV is in second, one stroke back. At six under, five players are tied for third, they are: SMU’s Kelly Kraft, Cal’s Eric Mina, Texas A&M’s Cameron peck, New Mexico’s Nick Geyer and SMU’s Ben Tewes.


Bagdade and Brad Nicholson, who were each tied for ninth after the first round, fell out of the top-10 on day two. Bagdade shot par and remains in the top-20 in a tie for 16th along with MacManus. Nicholson fell to T40th with his 76 (+4). Khan moved up the leader board into a tie for 26th with his second round 69 (-3). Competing as an individual, Tom Conran is tied for 57th. Rich Saferian is tied for 62nd at six over.


The final round of the John A. Burns Intercollegiate will be held tomorrow, Feb. 19, with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (HST). The tournament is contested at the Leilehua Golf Course in Schofield Barracks, O’ahu, a par 72, 6,916 yard course.


Top Five Teams

1 California                              278 280 558 -18

2 Texas A&M                         285 275 560 -16

3 UNLV                                  279 283 562 -14

4 Brigham Young                      286 277 563 -13

5 Arizona                                  287 281 568 -8


Top Five Individuals

1 Stephen Hale California         65 71 136 -8

2 Derek Ernst UNLV               68 69 137 -7

3 Kelly Kraft SMU                   69 69 138 -6

  Eric Mina California                68 70 138 -6

  Cameron Peck Texas A&M   71 67 138 -6

  Nick Geyer New Mexico       72 66 138 -6

  Ben Tewes SMU                    68 70 138 -6


Arizona Finishers

T 16 Tarquin MacManus          73 69 142 -2

T 16 Philip Bagdade                 70 72 142 -2

T 26 Jonathan Khan                 74 69 143 -1

T 40 Brad Nicholson                70 76 146 +2

T 57 Tom Conran*                   76 73 149 +5

T 62 Rich Saferian                    79 71 150 +6

*Competing as an individual



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