Nov. 20, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Tarquin MacManus has been chosen to participate in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, along side 32 premier golfers in the country.
The tournament, now in its 35th year, has been ranked as the top collegiate tournament the past five years according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. It has produced winners such as Davis Love III (1984), David Duval (1991) and Tiger Woods (1995).
Arizona has produced two champions in the event: Ricky Barnes (2000) and Chris Nallen (2003). Barnes recorded a 196 (-17) in the event, the lowest total in tournament history, and three years later Nallen won with the identical score. The score was tied for both lowest score in tournament history, and lowest 54-hole total in Arizona history; both records have since been broken.
Since the turn of the century, Arizona is the only school to produce multiple winners in the event.
MacManus is among eight golfers chosen from the Pac-10. The SEC will also be represented by eight golfers. No other conference has more than four golfers in the tournament.
For players competing in two or more tournaments, MacManus leads the Wildcats in stroke average (71.33) and rounds played under par (8). He is also tied for the lead in low round (68) and top-20 finishes (2). The junior has led the team in stroke average both of his previous years.
The tournament will take place Nov. 22-24 in El Paso, Texas at the par-71, 6,837-yard El Paso Country Club. The tournament schedule is as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 22
Titleist Long Drive Contest (9 a.m.)
PING Putting Contest (10 a.m.)
College-Am (Practice round) (Noon)
Monday, Nov. 23
First and second rounds, 36 holes (8 a.m.)
Tuesday, Nov. 24
Final round, 18 holes (8 a.m.)
Trophy presentation (following final round, approximately Noon)