Tucson, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team is set to begin the spring season on Monday when it hosts the 2014 Arizona Intercollegiate.
“We’ve assembled a great field as always,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “There are never a shortage of teams that want to come play in Arizona. We’re definitely excited for the opportunity to play against a variety of teams. We have two teams from the Pac-12 and three teams ranked in the top 25. We have a great opportunity to knock off some teams that have had a lot of success and really kick start our spring.”
Alongside Arizona, the teams attending the 2014 Arizona Intercollegiate include BYU, Cal State Fullerton, No. 3 California, George Washington, James Madison, Loyola Marymount, No. 16 New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Pacific, No. 24 Southern Cal, UC Riverside and UTEP.
At the 2013 Arizona Intercollegiate, New Mexico won the champion title with 844. Last year’s individual winner (204), Joel Stalter, is set to return as he begins his senior season with California.
The 14-team tournament will feature 36 holes of play on Monday and a final 18 on Tuesday, with shotgun play beginning at 8 a.m. MST each day. The Arizona Intercollegiate will be held at the new Sewailo Golf Club, which recently opened at Tucson’s Casino del Sol. The golf course will be played at 7,262 yards, Par 71.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are about hosting at Sewailo,” Anderson said. “The golf course presents a nice variety of challenging holes and scoring holes. If you don’t respect the course and be on the right side of the hole it’s very evident quickly that you’re going to potentially make a bogey or two.”
Senior Erik Oja and junior Alex McMahon will again play in the top two spots for the Wildcats, respectively.
“You look at a player like Erik Oja after the fall that he had and he has positioned himself to potentially be in the All-American conversation at the end of the year,” Anderson said. “I think Alex McMahon has put in a lot of work in the off season. I know his finish at the Patriot All-American has recharged his confidence. He had some very good golf tournaments in the fall.”
The No. 3 spot will be taken by Nebraska transfer Kolton Lapa. The No. 4 and No. 5 spots will be filled by junior Brenden Redfern and senior Benson Liu.
In addition to its five-man lineup, Arizona will play six individuals in this week’s event. Individual Wildcats participating include Dylan Kornberg, Christian Colegrove, Ricky Lee, Tucker Wadkins, Parker Houston and Bertrand Mommaerts.
“I think coming off of the off season we have a chance to evaluate where our team is at,” Anderson said. “We’ve had several guys work very hard and added a couple of new guys this semester. After some competitive qualifying rounds, we will be putting forth who we think is our best team to go out and compete and get our spring started off.”
Live results for the Arizona Intercollegiate will be available via golfstatresults.com. For more information on Arizona men’s golf, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter and on Facebook.com/ArizonaWildcatsGolf.