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Arizona Takes Third at the Thunderbird Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 23, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men’s golf team finished competing in the final round of the 42nd Annual Thunderbird Invitational at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course (par-71 7,013 yards) on Sunday. The Cats posted a total team score of 289 (+5), moving them up to third place overall for the tournament with a total score of 847 (-5)

“We are improving as a team, and this week was evidence of that,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “We didn’t have our best day, which left a sour taste with our guys. That said, we showed up without playing our A game and finished in third. We know when we get the whole team going, we can play with some very good teams.”

The host school Arizona State finished on top of the leader board. The Sun Devils finished the day with a score of 274 (-10), giving them a total score of 817 (-35).

Junior Alex McMahon lead the Cats once again by shooting a final round score of 68 (-3). McMahon finished the tournament in second place individually with a total score of 200 (-13). McMahon set two career-lows during this tournament. His second-round 62 was his lowest round of his career, and his total score of 200 was also a career-low.

“Alex really carried us this week,” Anderson said. “He was definitely executing and had a very good game plan going in. I know his week will give him even more confidence, and our guys know they can do it too. Now we need to prepare for a change in conditions as we head to the northwest for our next event on a US Open course at Chambers Bay.”

Erik Oja carded a final round score of 71 (E), giving him a total score of 211 (-2), good for a tie for 13th place overall. Kolton Lapa finished the tournament with a 76 (+5), and a 218 (+5) for the tournament. Lapa finished in a tie for 37th place. Benson Liu earned a tie for 41st place with a total score of 219 (+6) after carding a 75 (+4) in the final round. Brenden Redfern rounded things out by shooting a final round sore of 75 (+4), giving him a 233 (+20) for the tournament.

The Wildcats are back in action on April 7th when they travel to University Place, WA to compete in the Redhawk Invitational. For more information on the Arizona men’s golf team, follow @UAWildcatsGolf on Twitter and