The University of Arizona men’s golf team will get its 2013-14 season under way this weekend when it takes part in the Carmel Cup in Monterey, Calif.
Teams will play 36 holes of stroke-play competition on Saturday – 18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and 18 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course – before finishing up with 18 holes of match play on Sunday.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most scenic courses, Pebble Beach is an annual stop for both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, and has played host to six major championships. Spyglass Hill, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr., design, hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and is routinely ranked among the nation’s top public courses.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for a college golf team to be able to tee it up at Pebble Beach and Spyglass,” UA head coach Jim Anderson said. “We pride ourselves in setting up a great schedule every year, and to kick things off at the Carmel Cup this year is spectacular. It’s going to be one of the best college golf experiences that our guys have had to date, and they’re ready for the opportunity to compete.”
Arizona, which was among the teams receiving votes in the preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll, will head to central California with a lineup of senior Erik Oja in the No. 1 position, junior Alex McMahon at No. 2, junior Dylan Kornberg at No. 3, junior Tucker Wadkins at No. 4, senior Christian Colegrove at No. 5 and senior Benson Liu at No. 6.
Oja led the Wildcats with a 72.83 scoring average a year ago, posting team-bests of four top-10 finishes and 15 rounds at par or better.
“(Assistant coach) Chris (Nallen) and I were talking the other day, and we think this team is off to a great start,” Anderson said. “The attitude and effort have been outstanding, and the scores in qualifying reflected that. Everyone has completely bought in to what we’re trying to accomplish this year, and I’m confident that we’ll see improvement across the board.”Live scoring for the Carmel Cup will not be available, but results will be posted at arizonawildcats.com at the end of each day. For more information on the program, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter.