TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men’s golf team will make their way back on the course for the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay (par-70, 7,047 yards), home of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.
The tournament, hosted by Seattle University, is schedule for 36 holes on Monday, April 7 followed by 18 holes on Tuesday. The tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. PDT shotgun start each day.
“The field is pretty diverse,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “There will be teams from all over the country but we’re especially excited to be teeing up against some Pac-12 competitors. For us, adapting to the golf course and weather is going to be big for us. It’s definitely not going be dry or easy as we head up there. We’re going to check our team’s toughness and hope that our preparations will work.”
The field of teams includes Washington, UCLA, Seton Hall, North Carolina State, Northern Colorado, Boise State, Oregon State, Arizona State, San Diego, Nevada-Reno, Northern Illinois, St. John’s University, Denver University, Pepperdine, CSU-Northridge and CSU-Long Beach.
Arizona is coming off of a third place finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The Wildcats will have just one lineup change leading into the Redhawk Invite. Arizona’s lineup will include Erik Oja, Alex McMahon, Kolton Lapa, Benson Liu and Parker Houston.
Oja and McMahon have continued to lead the Wildcats. In the recent tournament in Tempe, Ariz., McMahon ended with a second place title and tied the program’s lowest round score of 62.
“I’m hoping to see continued effort from our guys,” Anderson said. “We have really stressed the importance of patience. The course we will be playing on is hosting the U.S. Open next year, so we know it’s going to be difficult. When you throw in the weather conditions, it’s going to be pretty challenging but we just have to play with patience.”
“Patience will be big for this tournament,” Anderson added. “The team knows we don’t have much of a margin if we want to continue our season. We know we have to perform at our best and be on point from the get go.”
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