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Cats Finish 11th at ASU/Thunderbird Invitational
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/07/2012
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April 7, 2012

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team finished in 11th place Saturday at the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona posted a final-round 295 (+11) to finish the 54-hole event with an 882 (+30) total in the 17-team event. California (835/-17) topped the field by eight strokes, finishing ahead of San Diego State (843), New Mexico (843), UNLV (850) and Washington (856), who rounded out the top-five places.

UNLV's Derek Ernst earned individual medalist honors after posting a nine-under 204 total.

Arizona was led by sophomore Erik Oja, who tied for 16th place at two-under 211. The native of Sandviken, Sweden, who has been the Wildcats' top finisher in the last three events, was the only Wildcat to post a score under par (2) in the three rounds played. He's been under par in five of his last eight rounds played.

Junior Juan Pablo Hernandez carded a final-round 73 (+2) - his low round of the tournament - and finished in a tie for 48th place at 222 (+9). Freshman Alex McMahon, competing in this event as a an individual, shot a final-round 74 to finish in a tie for 56th place at 11-over 224.

Freshman Tucker Wadkins tied for 56th place at 11-over 224, one shot ahead of junior Trent Redfern, who tied for 61st place. Senior Philip Bagdadetied for 70th place at 16-over 229.

Freshman Brenden Redfern, also competing as an individual, tied for 86th place at 21-over 234.

The ASU/Thunderbird Invitational was contested at the Karsten Golf Course, a par-71, 7,026-yard layout.

Arizona next will be in action on April 9-10 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Top-Five Teams
1. California, 276-285-274=835 (-17)
2. San Diego State, 282-275-286=843 (-9)
   New Mexico, 289-276-278=843 (-9)
4. UNLV, 285-285-280=850 (-2)
5. Washington, 284-284-288=856 (+4)

Top-Five Individuals 1. Derek Ernst, UNLV; 69-67-68=204 (-9) 2. Austin Quick, Arizona State; 66-67-73=206 (-7) 3. Joel Slatter, California; 68-71-68=207 (-6) Brandon Hagy, California; 67-70-70=207 (-6) 5. Zachary Blair, BYU; 66-71-71=208 (-5) Pace Johnson, California; 70-67-71=208 (-5) Alex King, San Diego State; 68-65-75=208 (-5)

Arizona Finishers T16. Erik Oja, 70-69-72=211 (-2) T48. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 75-74-73=222 (+9) T56. Alex McMahon (Ind.), 76-74-74=224 (+11) T56. Tucker Wadkins, 72-77-75=224 (+11) T61. Trent Redfern, 74-76-75=225 (+12) T70. Philip Bagdade, 76-78-75=229 (+16) T86. Brenden Redfern (Ind.), 80-75-79=234 (+21)

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