April 27, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Pac 10 Tournament teed off this morning in Seattle, at the Seattle Golf Course, a 6,836 yard, par 72 course. With two of the four rounds complete, host Washington holds a four stroke lead over Oregon State. Arizona sits tied for eighth after carding a 378 (+18) in the second round, the worst second round of any team.
Washington shot par during round two to claim the lead. Oregon is in second place at nine over. Oregon State, one of only two teams in the conference not ranked in Golfweek's top 50, led the event after the first round, but fell to third following a 371 (+11) second round. ASU was in ninth when the second round began, but used a solid second round to jump into a tie for fourth. The Sun Devils are tied with Stanford. The two shot 737 (+17) on day one.
At two under, Washington's Darren Wallace leads the field individually. Chris Killmer of Washington, Daniel Miernicki of Oregon and John Murphy of California each sit at one under heading into the third round. Two players shot par and are tied for fifth.
Tarquin MacManus recovered from a rough start when he fired the best round of the day by any golfer. MacManus' 68 (-4) pushed him 37 spots up the leader board, and into a tie for seventh place. He is three strokes off the lead. Philip Bagdade also experienced drastic movement in round two, however it was in the opposite direction. The freshman was tied for fifth after carding a 71 (-1) in the first round, but fell out of the top 20 with a 77 (+5) in the second. He is still in striking distance though; tied for 22nd, six strokes back. Also experiencing a move in the wrong direction in the second round was Jonathan Khan. The Salpointe Catholic product dropped from 25th to 40th. Likewise, Rich Saferian slipped down the leader board in round two. Saferian carded a 154 (+10) for the day. However, no Arizona golfer experienced a fall like Brad Nicholson due to his 81 (+9) in the second round. Nicholson was in contention after a 75 (+3) put him tied for 25th after the first round, but dropped to 53rd. Tyler Neal struggled on the first day, shooting a 158 (+14) and placing him 56th in the 60 person tournament.
The third round will be played tomorrow beginning at 8:00 a.m. PDT. The
conclusion will be Wednesday, also starting at eight.
Top Five Teams
1. Washington 365+360=725 (+5)
2. Oregon 366+363=729 (+9)
3. Oregon State 364+371=735 (+15)
T4. Arizona State 375+362=737 (+17)
T4. Stanford 366+371=737 (+17)
Top Five Individuals
1. Darren Wallace, Washington 70+72=142 (-2)
T2. Chris Killmer, Washington 71+72=143 (-1)
T2. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 74+69=143 (-1)
T2. John Murphy, California 69+74=143 (-1)
Two tied at 144 (E)
T7. Tarquin MacManus 77+68=145 (+1)
T22. Philip Bagdade 71+77=148 (+4)
T40. Jonathan Khan 75+77=152 (+8)
T48. Rich Saferian 76+78=154 (+10)
T53. Brad Nicholson 75+81=156 (+12)
56. Tyler Neal 83+75=158 (+14)