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Wildcats Finish Fifth at Fresno State Lexus Classic
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/06/2012
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March 6, 2012

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team finished in fifth place Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Classic in Fresno, Calif.

The Wildcats carded a final-round 382 and finished the three-round event with a 1,100 (+20) total, finishing in fifth place in the 16-team field. It was Arizona's second top-five finish this season.

Oregon State (1,087) won the event by six strokes over Washington State (1,093). San Diego (1,096) and Pacific (1,099) rounded out the top-four places.

The Fresno State Lexus Classic is a six-play, five-count tournament contested at Fort Washington Country Club, a par-72, 6,765-yard layout.

San Diego's Alex Ching captured individual medalist honors with a seven-under 209 total.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was Juan Pablo Hernandez, who finished in seventh place with an even-par 216 tally. It was the fourth top-10 finish of the season for the junior from Mexico City, Mexico. Also finishing in the top 20 was classmate Brenden Redfern, who tied for 14th place at three-over 219.

Erik Oja and Alex McMahon, playing as an individual, tied for 27th place at five-over 221, two shots ahead of Brenden Redfern, who tied for 37th place.

Rounding out the Arizona contingent was Tucker Wadkins, who tied for 47th place at 225 (+9), and Philip Bagdade, how tied for 61st place at 12-over 228.

Up next, Arizona men's golf returns home to host the National Invitational Tournament, scheduled for March 16-17 at Omni Tucson National Golf Course.

Top-Five Teams
1. Oregon State, 355-352-380=1,087 (+7)
2. Washington State, 351-366-376=1,093(+13)
3. San Diego, 362-357-377=1,096 (+16)
4. Pacific, 365-357-377=1,099 (+19)
5. ARIZONA, 363-355-382=1,100 (+20)

Top-Five Individuals 1. Alex Ching, San Diego; 71-69-69=209 (-7) 2. Alex Edfort, Pacific; 70-70-73=213 (-3) 3. Jake Johnson, Sacramento State; 71-69-74=214 (-2) 4. Allan Jun, UC Irvine; 71-68-76=215 (-1) Byron Meth, Pacific; 71-71-73=215 (-1) Michael Yang, UC Irvine; 70-65-80=215 (-1)

Arizona Finishers 7. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 70-71-75=216 (E) T14. Trent Redfern, 74-71-74=219 (+3) T27. Erik Oja, 77-66-78=221 (+5) T27. Alex McMahon (Ind.), 72-73-76=221 (+5) T37. Brenden Redfern, 71-74-78=223 (+7) T47. Tucker Wadkins, 71-77-77=225 (+9) T61. Philip Bagdade, 77-73-78=228 (+12)

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