Sept. 10, 2010
TANAGURA, Japan - The Arizona women's golf team is looking to earn its first victory of the 2010 campaign after back-to-back rounds of 288 (E). They lead the tournament with one round to play. Tarquin MacManus eyes his third career individual medal; the senior is in second place, two strokes behind the leader. The men are eight-under and in fifth place, 17 strokes back.
The women's team hopes to give Head Coach Laura Ianello a win in her debut tournament with the Cats. Arizona owns a two-stroke lead over Nagoya University of Commerce. Individually, Margarita Ramos and Isabelle Boineau are tied for third at two-under, two strokes behind Eriko Kobashi of Ritsumeikan University, playing as an individual. Should the team hold on to win, it will be the third time in four events the Cats walked off the course with a win, dating back to last year. This is a particularly impressive stat considering the team had only one win in its last 78 outings until reeling off two consecutive wins last year in the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional.
The men's team proved to be consistent with a score of 285 (-3) in the first round and 283 (-5) in the second round. The Cats were led by MacManus who carded a 68-65=133 (-11) in the first two rounds to put himself in second place individually, two strokes off the pace. His second-round 65 (-7) was the lowest of his career since a first-round 63 helped him win the 2009 Southeast Regional.
Tohoku Fukushi University leads the men's event with a score of 551 (-25), followed by four American teams in the 10-team tournament. Defending national champion Texas A&M, led by Jordan Russell's second-round, tournament-, course- and school- record, 63, shot the lowest round of any team thus far, a 269 (-19), to climb into second place at 20-under. Russell leads the tournament individually. At 17-under, Arizona State is in third, followed by Fresno State at 11-under.
After MacManus, there is an 11-stroke drop for Arizona's individuals. Philip Bagdade has the Wildcats' second best score at even-par. The junior was consistent with back-to-back rounds of 72 (E) and is tied for 24th in the event. Jonathan Khan followed up his first-round 71 (-1) with a 74 (+2) to drop into a tie for 29th. Freshman Erik Oja carded a 74-72=146 (+2) in the first two rounds of his Wildcat debut to put him into a tie for 32nd heading into the final day of competition. Trent Redfern is tied for 47th at seven-over.
On the women's side, Arizona is the only team to shoot the standard, as the other four competitors are in the red. The Wildcats, at even-par, lead second-place Nagoya University of Commerce by two strokes and Tohoku Fukushi University by seven shots. The only other American team, UC-Davis, is at 12-over and in fourth place.
Joining Ramos and Boineau in the top-10 individually is Nikki Koller, who, at even-par, is tied for seventh. Sherlyn Popelka is four-over and tied for 16th. Alejandra Llaneza is six-over and in 22nd place.
The tournament concludes tomorrow, Sept. 11, with the third round scheduled to start at 7 a.m. JST, or 3 p.m. today Tucson time.