Oct. 21, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team will travel west to the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. for the Del Walker Intercollegiate, Oct. 22-23.
The event will feature two rounds played Thurs., Oct. 22, and one on Fri., Oct. 23 beginning at 7:30 MST each day. Virginia Country Club is a par 70, 6,633 yard course.
The event, now in its 14th year of competition, will feature 16 teams: Arizona, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and Wyoming.
Colorado State is the two-time defending champion of the tournament. The Rams’ Zahkai Brown won the event individually last year, and will be competing once again. Two seasons ago, the individual medalist was Arizona’s Roberto Galletti, who won the event with a 204 (-6). The Cats sent their JV team to the tournament last year, which left with a 14th place finish in the 19 team tournament.
Live stats will be available on www.golfstat.com.
Line Up: The event deviates from the typical five player format, and will feature a play-six, count-five set-up. Tarquin MacManus, Rich Saferian, Jonathan Khan and John Kostis have been the four constant pieces in the Arizona lineup. Two regulars a season ago, Brad Nicholson and Phil Bagdade make their varsity debuts this season.
Top Low Low
Player Events Rounds Strokes Avg. 10/20 Round Tourn. < Par
Tarquin MacManus 2 6 435 72.50 0/1 68 215 (-1) 3
Rich Saferian 2 6 437 72.83 0/1 70 215 (-1) 3
John Kostis 2 6 439 73.17 1/0 68 211 (-5) 3
Philip Bagdade 3 5 369 73.80 0/0 69 143 (-1) 1
Jonathan Khan 2 6 445 74.17 0/1 71 217 (+1) 2
Brad Nicholson n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Last Time Out: Led by junior John Kostis, the Cats finished sixth in the Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 5-6. Kostis recorded his first top 10 finish with his 211 (-5) effort in a 7th place finish.
The Big 3: All-American Tarquin MacManus, all-conference Rich Saferian and Tucson-native Jonathan Khan lead the Wildcats. MacManus, 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional champion finished his 2008-09 season with five of his last eight rounds played with scores in the 60s. Saferian and Khan finished the 2008-09 season ranked second and third respectively on the team in stroke average. MacManus and Saferian currently rank one and two in stroke average on the team with Khan fifth on the team.
Fall Struggles: Statistically speaking, Arizona has gotten off to slow starts in each of the past three seasons. The team’s fall stroke average from a year ago was nearly 16 strokes higher than its spring numbers. The Wildcats also had a higher fall stroke average during the 2007-08 and 2006-07 seasons. Arizona averaged an eighth place finish in four fall events last year, compared to an average finish of just over fourth place during the spring portion of the schedule (nine events). The struggles continue for Arizona in their first two events. Matching last fall’s effort, the Cats are averaging an eighth place finish thus far.
Playing Time: 13 of the 18 golfers on the Wildcats roster have participated in at least one JV or varsity event. One of the five who have not gotten their chance this year is senior Brad Nicholson. The transfer from BYU was in the varsity lineup for 10 of the teams 13 events last season.
Bagdade’s Turnaround: Phil Bagdade worked his way into the lineup in the latter part of last season in culmination to a very impressive freshman year. Bagdade, who finished fifth on the team in stroke average a year ago figured to be a prominent part of this year’s team. After being absent from the varsity lineup the first two tournaments, and shooting a 78 (+6) in his first JV event, the sophomore has worked his way back into the varsity lineup after two solid JV events put him fourth on the team in stroke average.
New Faces: There are six newcomers this year for the Cats: Freshmen Mike Basco, Juan Pablo Hernandez, Jimmy Kozikowski and Trent Redfern, and transfers Stefan Cox and Miles Thorson. Cox is a junior and Thorson is a sophomore. Trent Redfern and Stefan Cox will be making their Wildcat debuts this weekend.
Recruiting Abroad: Newcomers Stefan Cox (Essex, England) and Juan Pablo Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) bring Arizona’s foreign golfer count to five. The other three are: Tom Conran (Ireland), Kenji Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) and Tarquin MacManus (Cairns, Queensland, Australia). Walk-on Peter Ireland from Pebble Beach, Calif., receives bonus points just for his surname.