May 29, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona's 2008-09 men's golf season came to a close Friday with a 30th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Toledo, Ohio.
Arizona posted its low round of the tournament Friday, a 13-over 297, to finish the event with a three-round total of 909 (+57). The Cats were one of six teams to finish the stroke play portion of the event Friday, as darkness pushed the teams off the course late Thursday.
Oklahoma State finished the 54 holes with a three-under total of 849, the only team to finish stroke play under par. North Carolina State's Matt Hill earned individual medalist honors with a six-under 207 total. He topped the 156-man field by two strokes.
The 2009 NCAA Men's golf Championships feature a format change in which the top eight teams following three rounds of stroke play advance to the match play portion of the event, which begins later today. The two remaining teams following tomorrow's quarterfinal and semifinal matches will play for the national championship on Saturday.
Leading the way for the Wildcats individually was sophomore Jonathan Khan, who finished in a tie for 89th place at 12-over par. His final round 72 (+1) was UA's low round of the Championships.
Sophomore Tarquin MacManus finished in a tie for 96th place at 13-over 226, one stroke ahead of teammate Rich Saferian, who tied for 104th place at 14-over 226. Senior Tyler Neal tied for 143rd place at 21-over 234, while freshman Philip Bagdade tied for 151st place at 23-over-par 236 tally.
The 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championships continue through Saturday at the Inverness Club, a par-71, 7,255-yard course.
Top-Five Teams 1. Oklahoma State 288-280-281=849 (-3) 2. Arizona State 294-281-287=862 (+10) 3. USC 305-281-279=865 (+13) Arkansas 297-283-285=865 (+13) Washington 293-286-286=865 (+13)
Top-Five Individuals 1. Matt Hill, North Carolina State 69-69-69=207 (-6) 2. Kyle Stanley, Clemson 72-71-66=209 (-4) 3. Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State 72-70-68=210 (-3) Tom Gissmeyer, USC 74-70-66=210 (-3) Tom Hoge, TCU 70-70-70=210 (-3)
Arizona Finishers T89. Jonathan Khan 79-74-72=225 (+12) T96. Tarquin MacManus 77-75-74=226 (+13) T104. Rich Saferian 74-76-77=227 (+14) T143. Tyler Neal 80-80-74=234 (+21) T151. Philip Bagdade 81-77-78=236 (+23)