TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team will host the 2014 Pac-12 Championships for the first time since 2004. The tournament will be held at The Gallery Golf Club on the North course (par 72, 7,349 yards) in Marana, Ariz. from Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27.
"It’s an honor to host,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “There are probably two or three tournaments in each semester that attracts the best field and of all the conference championships, I would argue that this is the best or one of the best conference championships. We’ve certainly done everything that we can to make sure that this major event will get the credit that it deserves. It’s a spectacular golf course with the support staff of our volunteers, athletic department and The Gallery Golf Club. It’s going to make for a great weekend.”
All 12 teams in the Pac-12 will begin with a practice round on Thursday at The Gallery before beginning the 72-hole main event on Friday.
Each day will begin with a tee time start of 7:30 a.m. MST. Two rounds will be played on the first day with the second round roughly beginning at 12:30 p.m. MST. Rounds three and four will be on each day thereafter.
Following the final round, the team and individual winner will be announced for the conference. In last year's championship tournament, California earned both team (1,406) and individual (Max Homa, 271) honors.
In current rankings, No. 2 California leads the Pac-12 with No. 6 Stanford behind. UCLA and Washington are also ranked in both the No. 14 and 15 position, respectively.
In the field are five of the 20 Palmer Cup selections, including Arizona's own No. 52 Erik Oja. There are also 10 top-50 individuals that will be participating with their respective teams. No. 3 Patrick Rodgers and No. 5 Cameron Wilson of Stanford and No. 6 Brandon Hagy of California lead the individual rankings.
“It’s the conference of champions,” Anderson said. “Normally there are multiple teams from our conference that play in the national championship and a large number of our players at the major amateur championships. The depth of our confidence is daunting at times, but at the same time that is what all of us wants. We want to tee it up against the best.”
Rather than four scores counting, the top five scores from a six-man lineup will make up the scores for the round. Arizona will stick to its usual lineup with senior Oja and junior Alex McMahon leading the pack.
“Erik and Alex have been very reliable - between very good and outstanding all year long,” Anderson said. “Those two guys could carry any team in conference. Knowing that we have that type of firepower at the front end of our lineup gives our team confidence. Obviously, it’s a team game and we are going to need our best from the four other guys in the lineup as well. You don’t have the freedom to let one guys score get away.”
Also in Arizona’s lineup will be sophomore Kolton Lapa, senior Benson Liu, junior Brenden Redfern and senior Christian Colegrove.
“Our guys are as well prepared as they can be. We finished our regular season with enough time to play at home as much as we could. There won’t be too many surprises with the course setup which usually bodes well in golf.”
Arizona men’s golf will begin round one on the tenth tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. MST. Admission is free for all rounds.
Live stats will be available at golfstatresults.com and will be posted to ArizonaWildcats.com upon the completion of each round.
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