TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men’s golf team finished the first day of the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, hosted at The Gallery Golf Club’s North Course (par 72, 7,349) in Marana, Ariz on Friday, April 25. The Wildcats will resume the second round of play tomorrow at 7 a.m. MST before beginning the third round.
At the finish of day one, No. 3 Stanford leads the field with a three-stroke advantage over No. 4 California. In the individual race, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford leads shooting six-under par.
Still in the second round, play was suspended for the evening. Juniors Alex McMahon and Brenden Redfern led the Wildcats in the second round with scores of 53 (+1) through 13 and 60 (+1) through 15, respectively. Senior Erik Oja finished through 12 holes with a score of 52 (+4). Sophomore Kolton Lapa had a score of 61 (+5) through 14 holes. Senior Christian Colegrove finished 16 holes with a 69 (+5).
In the first round, the Wildcats were led by Oja and McMahon and posted a team total of 366 (+6).
“I was really happy with the way our team played,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “The golf course conditions, as shown by the scores, are very difficult. Our team fought extremely hard in the first round. We knew we had to set the tone early and we accepted the challenge. It’s up to us to continue this, and we know we can play with anyone here.”
Both Oja and McMahon tied for second place first round finish with a score of 71 (-1). Oja’s first round included three birdies and an eagle. Behind them was Redfern who finished with a 70 (E). Lapa had a round of 74 (+2). Liu rounded out Arizona’s counting scores with a round of 78 (+6). Colegrove, who is in the sixth spot for Arizona, earned a 81 (+9).
“The back half of the lineup came through,” Anderson said. “Benson finished really strong despite not have a good starting nine. Brenden Redfern shooting an even par is huge. That’s a big reason why we’re in this position.”
Admission is free for all rounds. Live stats will be available at golfstatresults.com and will be posted upon the completion of each round.
Round two will resume at 7 a.m. MST. Round three is expected to begin an hour after the completion of round two, approximately 10 a.m. MST.
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