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Cats Tee Off in 112th NCAA Division I Men's Championship
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/26/2009
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May 26, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona teed off Tuesday at the final stop in their impressive postseason run. The Wildcats bounced back from a sluggish performance in the conference tournament with a runner-up finish in the Southeast Regional, qualifying the young team for shot at the national title.

 

Battling the nerves that accompanied all five players in their first round of NCAA Championship play, Arizona carded a 310 (+26) behind Rich Saferian’s 74 (+3). The sophomore has the most championship experience in the line up; prior to transferring to Arizona, he competed in the Junior College National Championship with Scottsdale Community College, and earned the individual medal while leading his team to victory in the event.

 

Georgia is number one in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll and Oklahoma State is number one in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The dispute continued today as the two tied for first. With a score of 288 (+4), the Bulldogs and Cowboys share the lead by four strokes. The two teams are looking to become the first non-Pac 10 team to win the title in three years. The last non-Pac 10 team to take the title was Oklahoma State in 2006; Georgia won the tournament in ’05. Chattanooga checked in at third after day one of competition at eight over. San Diego and Washington are tied for fourth after firing a 293 (+9).

 

Northwestern’s Jonathan Bowers, Illinois’ Scott Langley and North Carolina State’s Matt Hill (competing as an individual) carded scores of 69 (-2) Tuesday, tying them for the lead in NCAA Championship. At one under, there is a five-way tie for fourth.

 

Saferian’s round of three over placed him in a tie for 43rd. Coming off a first place finish in the regional, Tarquin MacManus was six over on the day. Jonathan Khan carded a 79 (+8). Senior Tyler Neal, the only upperclassmen in the Wildcat line-up, was nine over on day one. Phil Bagdade shot an 81 (+10).

 

The tournament will resume tomorrow morning, with tee times beginning at 7:00 a.m. central. The NCAA Men’s Championship is played at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, a par 71, 7,255 yard course.

 

Top Five Teams

T1

4

Oklahoma State

+4

F

  +4

288

288

T1

1

Georgia

+4

F

  +4

288

288

3

28

Chattanooga

+8

F

  +8

292

292

T4

6

Washington

+9

F

  +9

293

293

T4

 

San Diego

+9

F

  +9

293

293

 

Top Five Individuals

T1

-

 

Jonathan Bowers

Northwestern

-2

F

-2

69

69

T1

-

24

Scott Langley

Illinois

-2

F

-2

69

69

T1

-

4

Matt Hill *

North Carolina State

-2

F

-2

69

69

T4

-

 

Alex Ching (10)

San Diego

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

Tom Hoge (10)

TCU

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

Philip Francis

UCLA

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

 

David Holmes (10)

Tennessee

-1

F

-1

70

70

T4

-

9

Nick Taylor (10)

Washington

-1

F

-1

70

70

 

Arizona Finishers

T41  

Rich Saferian

  

+3

F

74

74

T94  

Tarquin MacManus

  

+6

F

77

77

T128  

Jonathan Khan

  

+8

F

79

79

T139  

Tyler Neal

  

+9

F

80

80

T145  

Philip Bagdade

  

+10

F

81

81

 

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