May 17, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team is in seventh place after the first round of the 2012 NCAA Southwest Regional in Norman, Okla.
The Wildcats, seeded 11th in the field, tallied a one-over-par 289 total to sit in seventh place in the 14-team event. The opening-round total was the third-best for the team in a first round this spring and the team's lowest in relation to par in UA's last seven rounds played.
Florida State and Texas share the first-round lead at nine-under 279, while Illinois (284), Saint Mary's (286) and Washington (286) round out the top-five places. Individually, Texas' Jordan Spieth topped the 75-man field with a six-under 66.
The top-five teams advance to the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, May 29-June 3, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Arizona was led today by Erik Oja and Tucker Wadkins, who each carded two-under par 70s and are tied for 10th place individually. The Wildcat duo accounted for six birdies over UA's final nine holes played, which saw the squad move from a tie for 11th place into seventh.
That continues a nice run of solid play for both Oja and Wadkins. Oja, a sophomore from Sandviken, Sweden, has been at par or better in four of his last five tournaments, while Wadkins, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, who made his NCAA postseason debut Thursday, has been at par or better in five of his last eight rounds played.
Senior Philip Bagdade, making his third career NCAA Regional appearance, carded a two-over 74 and is in a tie for 35th place, one stroke ahead of teammate Juan Pablo Hernandez, who is tied for 48th place. Junior Trent Redfern is tied for 64th place after posting a six-over 78.
Arizona's second-round tee times run from 8-8:40 a.m. CDT from hole No. 10.
The 54-hole 2012 NCAA Southwest Regional continues through Saturday at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, a par-72, 7,387-yard layout. The event is hosted by the University of Oklahoma. Live tournament scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.
Top-Five Teams 1. Florida State, 67-69-70-73=279 (-9) Texas, 66-70-71-72=279 (-9) 3. Illinois, 68-69-73-74=284 (-4) 4. Saint Mary's, 68-71-73-74=286 (-2) Washington, 69-70-73-74=286 (-2)
Top-Five Individuals 1. Jordan Spieth, Texas; 32-34=66 (-6) 2. Brooks Koepka, Florida State; 34-33=67 (-5) 3. Ben Geyer, Saint Mary's; 36-32=68 (-4) Thomas Pieters, Illinois; 34-34=68 (-4) 5. Daniel Berger, Florida State; 35-34=69 (-3) Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington; 34-35=69 (-3) James White, Georgia Tech; 32-37=69 (-3) Luke Guthrie, Illinois; 36-33=69 (-3) Wesley Bryan, South Carolina; 33-36=69 (-3)