Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Finishes Sixth at NIT
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 17, 2012
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Related Links

NIT Final Results Get Acrobat Reader

March 17, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's golf team carded a 295 in the final round of the National Invitational Tournament to remain in sixth place with a final total of 882. The tournament, hosted at Omni Tucson National Golf Course is a par-72, 7,219-yard course. San Diego State finished with a final of 859 (-5) for the team win.

UNLV was one stroke behind San Diego State, finishing with an 860 (-4) for second place, while SMU rounded out the top three with a final of 863 (-1). In the individual race, San Diego State's J.J. Spaun remained in first place after carding a final round of 68 for a total of 201 (-15). BYU's Zachary Blair finished four strokes behind Spaun with a final total of 205 (-11). Teammate Justin Keiley, UNLV's Kevin Penner, Memphis' Jonathan Fly, SMU's Marc Sambol finished in a tie for third place with totals of 214 (-2).

For the Wildcats, sophomore Erik Oja led the squad, finishing the final round in a four-way tie for eighth place with a third round of 73 for a final of 216 (E). Junior Juan Pablo Hernandez finished two strokes behind Oja with a 218 (+2) for a tie for 16th, along with senior Philip Bagdade, who competed in the event as an individual. Rounding out the top-20, freshman Alex McMahonfinished one stroke behind Hernandez and Bagdade with a final total of 219 (+3).

Up next, men's golf travels to San Diego, Calif. for the Barona Collegiate Cup, which starts on Thursday, March 22.

Top-Five Teams
1. San Diego State, 282-284-293=859 (-5)
2. UNLV, 283-290-287=860 (-4)
3. SMU, 284-292-287=863 (-1)
4. Brigham Young, 284-288-297=869 (+5)
5. Memphis, 297-282-292=871 (+7)

Top-Five Individuals
1. J.J. Spaun, San Diego State; 67-66-68=201 (-15)
2. Zachary Blair, BYU; 65-69-71=205 (-11)
3. Kevin Penner, UNLV; 72-70-72=213 (-2)
    Jonathan Fly, Memphis; 73-69-72=214 (-2)
    Marc Sambol, SMU; 70-70-74=214 (-2)
    Justin Keiley, BYU; 73-70-71=214 (-2)

Arizona Finishers
T8. Erik Oja, 74-69-73=216 (E)
T16. Philip Bagdade (Ind.), 68-77-73=218 (+2)
T16. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 75-71-72=218(+2)
T20. Alex McMahon, 72-73-74=219 (+3)
T35. Ben Esparza (Ind.), 78-73-74=225 (+9)
T35. Kenji Hernandez (Ind.), 74-74-77=225 (+9)
T50. Benson Liu (Ind.), 76-73-80=229 (+13)
T52. Brenden Redfern, 78-75-77=230 (+14)
T56. Dylan Kornberg (Ind.), 80-75-76=231 (+15)
T61. Ricky Lee (Ind.), 77-75-80=232 (+16)
T61. Trent Redfern, 78-78-76=232 (+16)
70. Parker Houston (Ind.), 82-78-79=239 (+23)
WD Nick Olsgaard, WD
WD Tucker Wadkins, WD

For complete results from the event and continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men's golf, visit

Bear Down Challenge M Golf