TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team completed the second day of the National Invitational Tournament (N.I.T.) on Saturday, finishing with a team total of 571 (-5). Despite falling from second place, the Wildcats are only five shots from regaining the position and have the final round on Sunday.
“It was a tougher day on the course and I was very proud of the guys and the way they fought through the day,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “The winds picked up after four or five holes, so we knew we were going to be playing in tough conditions. Our score was not as good today, but we are in position where we can tee off early tomorrow and hopefully take advantage of that.”
Today, the Wildcats were led by Erik Oja and Alex McMahon who both shot two-under 70. Oja total still leads the team at 139 (-5). McMahon’s total adds up to 142 (-2), which is the second best for Arizona. Oja jumped from eighth place to forth and McMahon went from 26th to 15th.
“Erik continues to be a rock for this team,” Anderson said. “It was business as usual for him because he worked his way around the golf course without making too many mistakes. Alex’s 70 was huge for the team. For him to be shooting under par in conditions like today, especially with the later tee time, was probably one of the better rounds of the day.”
The last three spots of the Arizona lineup all shot 75 (+3) on the day. Benson Liu’s round brings his total to 144 (E), while Brenden Redfern now has a score of 146 (+2). Kolton Lapa finishes the second round with a total of 152 (+8). Liu ended the round in 25th place and Redfern finished in 36th place.
Representing Arizona as individuals were Christian Colegrove and Dylan Kornberg. Colegrove shot a 76, bringing his total to 150 (+6). Kornberg shot a 78 to bring his total to 154 (+10).
Overall, California is in first place with a score of 549 (-27). SMU jumped from ninth place to second after scoring 275 compared to yesterday’s score of 290. California’s Michael Weaver moved to the No.1 spot despite finishing with a higher score of 70 compared to yesterday’s 67.
“With a great final round tomorrow we have a good shot at beating most of the top-25 teams,” Anderson said. “Our guys are looking forward to the challenge and are really excited to finish strong at home.”
Live scoring for the third round of the N.I.T. will be available at www.golfstatresults.com. Final results will also be posted at the end of Sunday’s final round. For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter.