Oct. 1, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Led by Erik Oja, the University of Arizona men's golf team finished in a tie for fourth place Saturday at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.
Oja, a sophomore from Sandviken, Sweden, carded a one-under 71 Saturday to move into a tie for fifth place individually with a 216 (E) total. It is the best finish of his career and his second career top-10 finish.
He was one of two Wildcats to finish in the top 10, as junior Juan Pablo Hernandez finished in a tie for ninth place with a two-over 218 total. Hernandez posted an even-par 72 to collect the second top-10 finish of his career.
It's the first time that Arizona has had two players finish in the top 10 individually since Feb. 7-8, 2011, as Jonathan Khan and Tarquin MacManus finished fourth and seventh, respectively, as UA won the Anteater Invitational.
As a team, the Wildcats posted a final-round 299 (+11) to finish the 54-hole event in a tie for fourth place with a 885 (+21) tally. It marks Arizona's first top-five team finish in fall competition since 2008.
UNLV topped the 16-team with an 867 (+3) total, four shots ahead of host New Mexico and 16 ahead of San Diego State.
BYU's Zachary Blair claimed individual medalist honors. His final round 70 led to a seven-under 209 total.
UA freshman Tucker Wadkins tied for 31th place at 224 (+8), closing with a 76, while sophomore Chris Capo tied for 60th place at 14-over 230. Freshman Brenden Redfern tied for 62nd place at 15-over 231.
Three other Wildcats participated in the tournament as individuals. Seniors Kenji Hernandaz and Philip Bagdade tied for 39th and 41st places, respectively, at 10-over 226 and 11-over 227. Junior Trent Redfern tied for 55th place at 13-over 229.
The William H. Tucker Intercollegiate was contested at the UNM Championship Course, a par-72, 7,562-yard layout.
Arizona will next be in action Oct. 3-4 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.
Top-Five Teams 1. UNLV, 292-288-287=867 (+3) 2. New Mexico, 299-282-290=871 (+7) 3. San Diego State, 295-292-296=863 (+19) 4. ARIZONA, 295-291-299=885 (+21) North Texas, 296-292-297=885 (+21)
Top-Five Individuals 1. Zachary Blair, BYU; 69-70-70=209 (-7) 2. James Erkenbeck, New Mexico; 71-69-73=213 (-3) 3. Derek Ernst, UNLV; 69-73-73=215 (-1) Carlos Ortiz, North Texas; 73-70-72=215 (-1) 5. Erik Oja, Arizona; 73-72-71=216 (E) Kevin Penner, UNLV; 76-73-67=216 (E)
Arizona Finishers T5. Erik Oja, 73-72-71=216 (E) T9. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 71-75-72=218 (+2) T31. Tucker Wadkins, 74-74-76=224 (+8) T39. Kenji Hernandez (Ind.), 76-74-76=226 (+10) T41. Philip Bagdade (Ind.), 76-73-78=227 (+11) T55. Trent Redfern (Ind.), 75-77-77=229 (+13) T60. Chris Capo, 78-72-80=230 (+14) T62. Brenden Redfern, 77-73-81=231 (+15)