April 27, 2011
On the Tee: The Arizona men's golf team heads to the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, April 29-May 1, at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. ... In eight spring events, UA has a win and four top-five finishes to its credit ... Since joining the league in 1978-79, Arizona has won the Pac-10 title three times (1987, 1991, 2004) and finished second seven times ... The Cats have averaged a fifth-place finish in its last 10 conference championship appearances ... UA finished third the last time Stanford hosted the Pac-10 Championships in 2001 with Wildcat Ricky Barnes claiming individual medalist honors with a 16-under 268 tally.
The Rankings: The Wildcats are ranked 64th in the current (April 24) Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, and were receiving votes in the most recent (week of May 2) Golf World/Nike Coaches Poll. Individually, senior Tarquin MacManus was the top-ranked Wildcat nationally, checking in at No. 139 on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Jonathan Khan was next at No. 184.
The Probable Arizona Lineup:
Scoring Top Low
Golfer Yr. Avg. 10/20 Round Rounds
Tarquin MacManus Sr. 72.85 4/2 65 34
Jonathan Khan Sr. 73.67 3/2 67 33
Erik Oja Fr. 74.35 0/3 67 31
Tye Beall Fr. 73.92 0/2 69 26
Stefan Cox Sr. 73.73 1/1 67 22
Juan Pablo Hernandez So. 75.00 1/1 69 24
A Look at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships: Held annually since 1960, the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships will be held Friday-Sunday, April 29-May1, at the Stanford Golf Course, a par 70, 6,742-yard layout in Palo Alto, Calif. Seventy-two holes will be played over three days (36 Friday/18 Saturday and Sunday) with play scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. PDT Friday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. Saturday. Ten teams are scheduled to compete: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, State, host Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. Five of those teams are ranked in the current Golf World/Nike Coaches Poll. Arguably the toughest test in all of college golf, each team will consist of six players with the low five scores counting in each round. Arizona finished in ninth place last year with a 1,421 (+1) total. Tarquin MacManus finished in 14th place individually at 216 (E).
Arizona's tee times for Thursday's practice round will begin at 9:45 a.m. PDT on the first tee. The Cats are scheduled to tee off from the first tee at 9-9:50 a.m. for Friday's first round and from 2-2:50 p.m. for the second round.
Head Coach Rick LaRose . . . is in his 33rd season at the helm of the Arizona golf program, and in that span has established the Wildcats as one of the nation's elite programs. The only college coach to win both a men's (1992) and women's (1996) NCAA Championship, LaRose's teams have won a combined eight NCAA Regionals, six Pac-10 crowns and three Rolex Match Play titles. In NCAA Championship play, he also has six third-place finishes, a fifth-place and two sixth-place efforts to his credit. Since 1978, his men's teams have won 61 tournaments and produced 47 All-Americans. LaRose, who has coached two U.S. Amateur champions, was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame on Jan. 22, 2003, and the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 23, 2009. He is assisted by Andy Barnes.
Last Time Out: Senior Tarquin MacManus' individual medal led Arizona to a second place finish in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on April 5. MacManus shot a 66 (-4) in round three to take home the one-stroke victory. Arizona shot its lowest round of the tournament, a 276 (-4) to sneak it into red numbers for the tournament, 839 (-1). The placing was the highest since a Feb. 8 victory at the Anteater Invitational. MacManus' individual medal was the first for the Wildcats this season. The Cats finished three strokes behind winner Baylor. MacManus finished with a score of 202 (-8), one stroke better than Joakim Mikkelsen of Baylor and second-round leader Zahkai Brown of Colorado State. Four Wildcats carded rounds under par on the day, highlighted by MacManus' 66 (-4). Erik Oja shot a 68 (-2) and Jonathan Khan shot a 69 (-1). Competing as an individual, Juan Pablo Hernandez shot a 69 (-1). Khan and Oja each recorded top-20 finishes, tying for 15th at one-over. It was Oja's third top-20 finish in 10 events this season and the fifth time for Khan in 11 tries. Tye Beall tied for 38th at seven-over and Stefan Cox tied for 65th. Hernanez shot a 222 (+12) for the tournament and tied for 71st.
Last Year at the Pac-10 Championships: The University of Arizona men's golf team slipped to ninth place at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. With just one member of the six-man squad under par on the day, Arizona posted its highest round of the event and finished in ninth place. The final-round tally of 366 (+11) gave UA a 72-hole tally of 1,421 (+1). Just three teams in the field were under par during the final round. Washington claimed the championship with a 1,383 (-37) total, erasing a seven-stroke deficit to start the round. The Huskies, winners of back-to-back titles, finished ahead of Stanford (1,386), USC (1,396) and host Arizona State (1,401. California's Eric Mina topped the 60-man field by one stroke to claim individual medalist honors at 16-under 268. Tarquin MacManus was the top-finishing Wildcat, posting a final-round 73 (+2) en route to a six-under 278 total and a 14th-place finish. The Cairns, Queensland, Australia, native was Arizona's top finisher in five of the last six stroke play events in 2010. Philip Bagdade turned in a final-round 70 (-1), which was UA's low round of the day. The effort moved him into 15th place with a five-under 279 tally. The tournament total was Bagdade's low of the season and his placing was his second-best in 2009-10. Rich Saferian carded a one-over 72 and finished in a tie for 31st place at 285 (+1). He finished five shots in front of teammate Jonathan Khan, who tied for 42nd place at 290 (+6). Juan Pablo Hernandez tied for 46th place, finishing with an eight-over 292 total, while Trent Redfern tied for 54th place at 12-over 296.
2010 Pac-10 Championships
14. Tarquin MacManus, 67-71-67-73=278 (-6) 1. Washington; 1,383
15. Philip Bagdade, 71-72-66-70=279 (-5) 2. Stanford; 1,386
T31. Rich Saferian, 68-72-73-72=285 (+1) 3. USC; 1,396
T42. Jonathan Khan, 73-72-70-75=290 (+6) 4. Arizona State; 1,401
T46. Juan Pablo Hernandez, 72-72-72-76=292 (+8) 5. Oregon State; 1,407
T54. Trent Redfern, 78-71-71-76=296 (+12) 9. ARIZONA; 1,421
Tournament History: The Wildcats enter play this week looking for its fourth Pac-10 men's golf championship. As mentioned earlier, UA captured the league crown in 1987, 1991 and 2004. Similarly, Arizona individuals have been very successful in this event, claiming individual medalist honors eight times since joining the league in 1978-79. Here is the list of Wildcat medalists: Paul Nolen, 1984; Larry Silveira, 1987; Manny Zerman, 1991; Jason Gore, 1993 and 1994; Ricky Barnes, 2001; Henry Liaw, 2004; and Creighton Honeck, 2008.
On the Upswing: The 2011 spring season has been one of improvement for the Wildcats, as the squad has collected five top-five finishes in eight starts, including a win Feb. 8 at the Anteater Invitational, and seen its scoring average drop. Arizona's countable stroke average this spring is 292.12 (adjusted for six-man events), a figure that is 7.24 strokes lower than the fall figure. Individually, that improvement boils down to 1.81 strokes per man.
Finishing On Top: Arizona is no stranger to the top of the leader board, both as a team and individually. The Wildcats claimed the Anteater Invitational, Feb. 8, by four strokes with an 872 (+8) total. It was the 70th win in program history and the first since March of last year. Individually, two Wildcats claimed medalist honors this season, the 67th and 68th wins in program history. Jonathan Khan won the National Invitational Tournament, March 22, with a six-under par 210 total, while Tarquin MacManus won the Wyoming Classic with an eight-under 202 tally.
Top Two Are Set: When looking at the Wildcat lineup for this weekend's Pac-10 Championships, the top two slots are set, as seniors Tarquin MacManus and Jonathan Khan are the only two players to see action in all 12 varsity events this season. One other player, freshman Erik Oja, played in 11 of 12 tournaments to date, missing only the Anteater Invitational, Feb. 7-8.
Round-By-Round: A quick look at the round-by-round results shows that Arizona is a first-round club. Through its 12 stroke play events, the Wildcats' lowest scoring round is the first with an adjusted average of 292.56. The Cats average 294.60 strokes in round two and post a final round average of 297.20. Not surprisingly, Arizona low round of any tournament was registered in the first round six times, while it's high round appeared in the third seven times.
Dude's Gone Global: In addition to leading the Wildcats in just about every statistical category during the 2010-11 campaign, senior Tarquin MacManus has made a bit of a name for himself in amateur golf circles worldwide. The Cairns, Queensland, Australia, native won the Australian Master of the Amateurs tournament, Jan. 12, at Royal Melbourne's West Course. MacManus used six birdies on the final 10 holes to post a six-under 65 and a record 12-under-par tally to win by three shots. Additionally, the Aussie collected a runner-up finish at the Asian Amateur Championship, Oct. 10, at Kasumigaseki Country Club's West Course outside Tokyo. His 10-under total secured MacManus a berth in the International Final Qualifying for the 2011 British Open Championship at Royal St. George's Golf Club.
Under Par: Three times in 2010-11 Arizona finished a tournament under par, including its last two outings: three-under 861 at the Topy Cup in September, three-under 281 in a dual match win over Brown in April and one-under 839 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in April. All told, the Cats registered five under-par rounds as a team in 112 stroke play events with the lowest single round, 283 (-5), occurring Sept. 10 at the Topy Cup in the second round of the season.