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Men's Golf Set for John A. Burns Intercollegiate
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/18/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

Tucson, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team will travel for its second competition of the spring for the 38th Annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, Hawaii.

“Anytime we get to travel, you have the best opportunities to truly coach because you get to see the guys for 14 or 16 hours a day,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “You’re with them everyday. It’s so much fun. We share meals together, do some extra practice together, and get to experience things. Hawaii is not a rough place to go. We are very lucky to get to do have the opportunity to participate in such a great tournament.”

Arizona is coming off one of its best finishes of the year having earned a second place finish at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The Cats will return to Hawaii after finishing last year’s 2013 tournament in fourth place.

The three-day tournament will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. The final day will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eighteen holes or one round will be played on each day. The Wailua Golf Course covers 6,991 yards with a par of 72.

Arizona will keep the same five-man line-up as the Arizona Intercollegiate including No. 1 Alex Oja, No. 2 Alex McMahon and No. 3 Kolton Lapa. Brenden Redfern will take the No. 4 spot.

“Anytime we tee it up, I feel good about our lineup,” Anderson said. “This time, more than any, we have four guys who have come off of very solid finishes and backed it up with strong qualifying at home.”

The No. 5 spot will be filled by senior Benson Liu.

“Our fifth man Benson Liu has a lot of experience,” Anderson said. “I think at some point it’s going to click for him. He’s been working very hard like the rest of our team. We’ll see what happens from each of the spots, but I feel that four of the five guys have separated themselves as far as knowing what we will get from their golf games. “

Arizona will travel Parker Houston as the lone individual player for the Wildcats.

Over the last two weeks, the Wildcats have been preparing for their opportunity to continue the momentum from their second place finish.

“One of the things that we challenged our guys with was making sure that we didn’t beat ourselves by turning bogeys into doubles or worse and trying to find ways to turn bogeys into par,” Anderson said. “If you three-put once in a tournament, we consider that acceptable but when you’re three-putting multiple times a round, we are wasting shots. We’ll see if we can handle the Hawaii greens and make the adjustments.”

Alongside Arizona, the course will include 15 other teams including two Pac-12 and three top-20 ranked teams.

Last year's defending champions, No. 3 California, will return along with individual champion and current senior, Joel Stalter.

The field will also include BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, No. 16 New Mexico, Pacific, Saint Mary’s, No. 7 Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP, Washington State.

“I’m excited to get this group out on the course and let them validate their play at home,” Anderson said. “They’ve been working very hard the past couple of weeks. This is an opportunity for us to continue chipping away and get in a position to get into postseason play.”

Live results for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate will be available via golfstatresults.com. For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter and on Facebook.com/ArizonaWildcatsGolf.

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