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M. Golf Wraps Wyoming Invite
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2012
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Feb. 26, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. - With a pair of scores under 300, the University of Arizona Wildcat men's golf team finished the final two rounds of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and landed in eleventh place (878/+14) Sunday in Palm Desert, Calif. With three players in the top five, UNLV won the team race with a final score of 844.

In second place, Texas Tech finished with a score of 851, seven strokes behind UNLV's twenty-under finish. Auburn University finished in third place with a score of 855 (-9). In the individual race, UNLV's Kevin Penner took first with a final score of 209 (-7). Teammate Derek Ernst finished in a tie for second place along with Baylor's Joakim Mikkelson, both finishing with a score of 210 (-6).

For Arizona, junior Juan Pablo Hernandez was the only Wildcat to finish at even par for the tournament with a final score of 216 for a tie for 21st place. Behind Hernandez was freshman Brenden Redfern, who finished in a tie for twenty-seventh with a final score of 217 (+1). Sophomore Erik Oja finished in a tie for 68th (225/+9), followed by freshman Tucker Wadkins in a tie for 78th (227/+11). Sophomore Chris Capofinished in a tie for 88th (229/+13).

Up next, the Wildcats travel to Fresno, Calif. to participate in the Fresno State Lexus Classic, which commences on Monday, March 5.

Top 5 Teams
1. UNLV, 279-283-282=844 (-20) 

2. Texas Tech, 287-281-283=851 (-13) 

3. Auburn University, 280-291-284=855 (-9) 

4. Saint Mary's, 284-294-283=861 (-3) 

5. SMU, 291-287-284=862 (-2)
   Texas A&M, 287-294-281=862 (-2)

Top 5 Individuals 

1. Kevin Penner, UNLV, 67-69-73=209 (-7)
2. Joakim Mikkelson, Baylor, 72-70-68=210 (-6) 

   Derek Ernst, UNLV, 70-70-70=210 (-6)
   Corey Conners, Kent State, 67-75-68=210 (-6)
5. Clement Sordet, Texas Tech, 73-69-69=211 (-5)
    Blayne Barber, Auburn, 67-63-71=211 (-5)
    Blake Biddle, UNLV, 72-72-67=211 (-5)

Arizona Finishers
T21 Juan Pablo Hernandez 75-69-72=216 (E) 

T27 Brenden Redfern 72-74-71=217 (+1)
T68 Erik Oja 75-70-80=225 (+9) 

T78 Tucker Wadkins 82-72-73=227 (+11) 

T88 Chris Capo82-73-74=229 (+13)

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