May 1, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team posted its lowest round of the event and finished in seventh place Sunday at the 2011 Pac-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.
Arizona tallied a final-round 360 (+10) to finish the 72-hole event with a team total of 1,450 (+50) to finish seventh. It was Arizona's best finish at the Pac-10 Championships since 2008.
Oregon, trailing USC by nine shots after 54 holes, rallied to force a team playoff, as both teams finished with a tally of 1,415 (+15). The Trojans won the team title in a one-hole team playoff. UCLA (1,418) finished third, while host Stanford (1,420) placed fourth.
Martin Trainer of USC defeated Alex Moore of Oregon State in a seven-hole playoff to earn individual medalist honors after each shared the 72-hole individual lead at five-under 275.
Arizona finished six strokes ahead of intrastate rival Arizona State, who finished in ninth place, and the win in the standings clinched the decisive point in this season's State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The Wildcats, who have now claimed the trophy in each of the series' first two years, have a 9.5-6.5 lead with just two events remaining.
As was the case the entire event, the Wildcats were led by freshman Erik Oja, who carded a final-round 68 (-2), Arizona's low round of the tournament, to finish in a tie for ninth place at 283 (+3). It was Oja's first top-10 finish of the season, and the second time this season that the native of Sandviken, Sweden has been UA's top finisher.
Senior Tarquin MacManus posted four-over 74 Sunday and finished in a tie for 33rd place with a 291 (+11) total. Teammates Stefan Cox and Juan Pablo Hernandez tied for 39th place at 294 (+14) after the duo posted final-round scores of 74 and 73, respectively.
Jonathan Khan tied for 45th place at 298 (+18) after carding a 72 (+2). Khan rebounded nicely from a disastrous first round to finish with scores of 72, 71, and 72, which was UA's second-lowest total over the final three rounds. Tye Beall tied for 53rd place at 303 (+23).
The Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships were contested at the Stanford Golf Course, a par-70, 6,742-yard layout.
The University of Arizona will host the 2011 NCAA Regionals, May 19-21, at Omni Tucson National Golf Course.
Top-Five Teams 1. *USC, 355-354-352-354=1415 (+15) Oregon, 351-359-360-345=1415 (+15) 3. UCLA, 353-360-357-348=1418 (+18) 4. Stanford, 354-358-352-356=1420 (+20) 5. California, 357-364-363-354=1437 (+37) * won one-hole playoff
Top-Five Individuals 1. *Martin Trainer, USC; 68-68-69-70=275 (-5) Alex Moore, Oregon State; 71-65-69-70=275 (-5) 3. Alex Kim, UCLA; 68-71-70-68=277 (-3) 4. Andrew Yun, Stanford; 72-70-66-70=278 (-2) 5. Jeffrey Kang, USC; 72-68-68-71=279 (-1) * won seven-hole playoff
Arizona Finishers T9. Erik Oja, 70-72-73-68=283 (+3) T33. Tarquin MacManus, 72-74-71-74=291 (+11) T39. Stefan Cox, 71-72-77-74=294 (+14) T39. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 75-76-70-73=294 (+14) T45. Jonathan Khan, 83-72-71-72=298 (+18) T53. Tye Beall, 74-77-79-73=303 (+23)