TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona men’s golf team concluded the final day of the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, hosted at The Gallery Golf Club’s North Course (par 72, 7,349) in Marana, Ariz on Sunday. The Wildcats finished the tournament in ninth place behind new champion Stanford.
“I was very happy to host the event this week,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “All the teams were treated to true championship golf. We saw all conditions. We saw wind, rain, warmth, cold, calm and everything else. The golf course was set up perfectly and challenging, which is usually a really good recipe. The best team won this week.”
Stanford became the seventh school to win the team title since 2004 after leading the field for the entire tournament. The Cardinals compiled a low score of 1438 after a 355 fourth round score. Patrick Rodgers of Stanford also took the individual champion honors with a total of 281. Rodgers shot a tournament low of 65 in the second round.
“It’s fair to say that we’re disappointed with the final result,” Anderson said. “We knew it was going to take a collaborative effort of great golf from all of the guys to have a chance. We have a great opportunity to learn from this and move forward. Despite our team finish, we had great individual rounds that showed what our guys are capable of and that’s all you can ask for.”
Despite a strong effort, the Wildcats were unable to improve their ranking and finished in ninth place. Arizona earned a score of 374 in the final round for a combined total of 1503.
For the round, senior Erik Oja led the Wildcats with a score of 71 (-1). Oja finished in a 12th-place tie with a total of 293. Junior Alex McMahon followed behind, shooting a 74 (+2). McMahon led the team for the overall tournament with a combined total of 293 with a tie for ninth place finish.
Senior Benson Liu also shot a 74 (+2) and finished in a tie for 58th-place with 313. Sophomore Kolton Lapa shot just four-over to finish in 50th-place with a total of 306. Despite shooting an 80 (+8) for the round, Brenden Redfern finished with a total of 303, third best for the team. Senior Christian Colegrove finished his Arizona career earning a 79 (+7).
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