Jan. 30, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Bolstered by a slew of birdies and steady play throughout the day, the University of Arizona men's golf team finished the first two rounds of the Arizona Intercollegiate in first place Monday at Arizona National Golf Club.
Arizona posted identical rounds of 277 (-7) to finish the 36 holes with a 554 (-14) total to lead the 12-team field by two strokes. California, at 12-under 556, is the only other team in the tournament under par. Pepperdine (572), New Mexico (574) and Campbell (577) round out the top-five places.
For the host Wildcats, both rounds Monday equaled the team's low round in relation to par and marked the first time this season the squad has been under par after two rounds of play. All told, Arizona collected 38 birdies on the day to go with four eagles en route to its 14-under total. Twenty-one of those birdies and three eagles were posted by first-year players.
"We were able to get some birdies today," said Arizona head coach Rick LaRose. "I'm really proud of the young guys. They played very well."
Pepperdine's John MacArthur currently sits atop the individual leaderboard after carding rounds of 68 and 66 on the way to an eight-under 134 total. He tallied three eagles of his own on the day and has a one-stroke lead over Arizona's Juan Pablo Hernandez.
Hernandez led the way for the Wildcats, collecting a total of 12 birdies on the day, including six alone on the back nine of the first round. The junior from Mexico City, Mexico, registered the low round of his career, a second-round 66 en route to a 135 total.
Sophomore Chris Capo, in his first season with the Cats, notched three eagles over his 36-hole day and played the par fives at eight-under par and stands in a tie for fifth place at 138 (-4). Freshman Tucker Wadkins had seven birdies of his own and is tied for seventh place at three-under 139.
Ten other Wildcats competed in the 76-man field as individuals. Leading the way for that group was freshman Brenden Redfern, who is tied for 16th place at one-over 143 after posting rounds of 72 and 71.
The Arizona Intercollegiate concludes tomorrow at Arizona National Golf Club, a par-71, 6,793-yard layout. A shotgun start will begin at 8 a.m. MST.
1. ARIZONA, 277-277=554 (-14) 2. California, 272-284=556 (-12) 3. Pepperdine, 286-286=572 (+4) 4. New Mexico, 289-285=574 (+6) 5. Campbell, 291-286=577 (+9)
Top-Five Individuals 1. John MacArthur, Pepperdine; 68-66=134 (-8) 2. Juan Pablo Hernandez, Arizona; 69-66=135 (-7) 3. John Catlin, New Mexico; 66-70=136 (-6) 4. Michael Kim, California; 69-68=137 (-5) 5. Joel Stalter, California; 67-71=138 (-4) Chris Capo, Arizona; 69-69=138 (-4)
Arizona Finishers 2. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 69-66=135 (-7) T5. Chris Capo, 69-69=138 (-4) T7. Tucker Wadkins, 70-69=139 (-3) T14. Erik Oja, 69-73=142 (E) T16. Brenden Redfern (Ind.), 72-71=143 (+1) T19. Kenji Hernandez (Ind.), 74-71=145 (+3) T25. Nick Olsgaard (Ind.), 72-75=147 (+5) T38. Dylan Kornberg (Ind.), 71-78=149 (+7) T38. Ricky Lee (Ind.), 73-76=149 (+7) T41. Philip Bagdade (Ind.), 77-73=150 (+8) T46. Trent Redfern, 75-76=151 (+9) T50. Parker Houston (Ind.), 79-73=152 (+10) T58. Alex McMahon (Ind.), 71-83=154 (+12) T62. Ben Esparza (Ind.), 75-80=155 (+13) 69. Benson Liu (Ind.), 79-78=157 (+15)