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Cats in Second after One Round at Southeast Regional
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/14/2009
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Cats in Second after One Round at Southeast Regional Tarquin MacManus leads the event at eight under

TUCSON, Ariz.-Arizona's Men?s Golf Team got off to a hot start Thursday in the Southeast Regional, hosted by UCF and contested at the Red Tail Golf Club, a par 72, 7,152 yard layout, firing a first round of 270 (-14), placing them in second place after a lightning plagued day, which caused two delays on the day.

The round was the Wildcats' lowest of the season, eleventh lowest round in the program?s history and its second lowest opening round of NCAA regional play, topped by a fifteen under par performance in the 1990 West Regional. The spectacular round put the Cats two strokes behind host UCF. Arizona was led by Tarquin MacManus, who leads the tournament by two strokes.

UCF used its home-course-advantage, taking a two stroke lead over the field.

Arizona used two players in the top ten to claim second. South Carolina and Charlotte tied for third with a score of 273 (-11). At seven under, Florida State sits in fifth after day one. The regional's top seed, and the nation's top ranked team, Georgia is tied for seventh place in the tournament, 282 (-2). Second seeded Indiana is in last place in the fourteen team event, 26 strokes off the lead.

MacManus used his lowest round of the season, a 63 (-8) to take the day one lead into the clubhouse. The sophomore is looking to become the sixth Wildcat to win a regional crown, the other five were: Robert Gamez in 1989, Harry Rudolph in 1992, Manny Zerman in 1993, Ricky Barnes in 2002 and Chris Nallen in 2004.

Charlotte's Corey Nagy boasts the second best performance from round one; he shot a 65 (-6). There is a four-way tie for third place, including two UCF golfers: David Johnson and Brad Schneider. Also in the tie for third at five under are: Matthew Savage of Florida State and Stefan Wiedergruen of Charlotte.

MacManus' first round of 63 (-8) was the lowest of the season for any Wildcat, and also a career low for the sophomore. Also carding a career-low round Thursday was Philip Bagdade. The freshman fired a 67 (-4), tying him for seventh place in the event. Cracking the Arizona five player line up for the first time all season, Bagdade is taking advantage of his opportunity. He was on the varsity scorecard two other times this season: the CordeValle Collegiate and Pac 10 Championship, however each were six player formats. Tyler Neal is the third Wildcat in the top 20. Neal, potentially playing in his last collegiate tournament, carded a 69 (-2), tying him for fourteenth. Jonathan Khan shot par on day one, placing him in a tie for 30th. Rich Saferian was one over par Thursday, and sits tied for 45th.

Arizona is looking to win its seventh NCAA Regional, which would potentially tie them for the most Regionals won. Clemson currently holds the lead, and is tied for sixth after the first round of the Northeast regional in their bid for their eighth Regional title.

The top five teams and one individual will advance to the 113th NCAA Championships, May 26-30, at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Top Five Teams

1. UCF 268 (-16)

2. Arizona 270 (-14)

3. South Carolina 273 (-11)

3. Charlotte 273 (-11)

5. Florida State 277 (-7)

 

Top Five Individuals

1. Tarquin MacManus, Arizona 63 (-8)

2. Corey Nagy, Charlotte 65 (-6)

3. Four tied at 66 (-5)

 

Arizona Finishers

1. Tarquin MacManus 63 (-8)

T7. Philip Bagdade 67 (-4)

T14.Tyler Neal 69 (-2)

T30.Jonathan Khan 71 (E)

T45.Rich Saferian 72 (+1)

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