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Wildcats Wrap Fall with a Seventh-Place Finish at Gifford Collegiate Championship
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/02/2011
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Nov. 2, 2011

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team finished in seventh place Wednesday at the Gifford Collegiate Championship in San Martin, Calif.

Arizona posted a 373 (+18) tally in Tuesday's final round and finished with a three-round total of 1,112 (+47) to finish seventh in the 11-team field.

USC won the 54-hole, play-six, count-five format with an eight-under 1,057 tally, four shots ahead of host UCLA. Oregon (1,085), Virginia (1,093) and Washington (1,094) rounded out the top-five places.

USC's Steve Lim earned individual medalist honors, as his final-round 69 (-2) moved him to the top of the leader board. His 202 (-11) total led the 72-man field by a stroke.

The Wildcats were led by junior Trent Redfern, who posted the low round and low tournament total of his career in earning the first top-10 finish of his career. A native of Austin, Texas, Redfern tied for seventh place individually with a one-over 214 total and was boosted by his second-round 68.

Fellow junior Juan Pablo Hernandez tied for 25th place, rebounding nicely from a first-round 80, to finish with a nine-over 222 total. Hernandez is the only Wildcat to finish in the top-25 places in all four fall events.

Erik Oja tied for 39th place at 11-over 224, while Philip Bagdade tied for 44th place at 13-over 226. Tucker Wadkins tied for 59th place at 231 (+18), while Chris Capo placed 66th at 235 (+22).

The Gifford Collegiate Championship was contested at CordeValle Country Club, a par-71, 7,360-yard layout.

Arizona will next be in action on Jan. 30-31 when it hosts the Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Course in Tucson.

Top-Five Teams/Arizona Finish
1.  USC, 345-352-360=1,057 (-8)
2.  UCLA, 348-361-352=1,061 (-4)
3.  Oregon, 362-363-360=1,085 (+20)
4.  Virginia, 355-367-371=1,093 (+28)
5.  Washington, 359-367-368=1,094 (+29)
7.  ARIZONA, 370-369-373=1,112 (+47)

Top-Five Individuals 1. Steve Lim, USC; 66-67-69=202 (-11) 2. Patrick Cantlay, UCLA; 63-70-70=203 (-10) 3. Eugene Wong, Oregon; 66-68-72=206 (-7) 4. Chris Williams, Washington; 70-70-70=210 (-3) 5. Denny McCarthy, Virginia; 70-73-69=212 (-1)

Arizona Finishers T7. Trent Redfern, 70-68-76=214 (+1) T25. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 80-69-73=222 (+9) T39. Erik Oja, 76-77-71=224 (+11) T44. Philip Bagdade, 72-76-78=226 (+13) T59. Tucker Wadkins, 77-79-75=231 (+18) 66. Chris Capo, 75-81-79=235 (+22)

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