Arizona men's golf finishes 10 out of 15

After a three-day tournament in Iowa, the UA men’s golf team finished 10th overall with a total of 892 (28).

Out of 15 teams, the men shot 297 (9) as a group in the final round on Tuesday.

Head coach Jim Anderson said he was pleased with junior Alex McMahon’s performance throughout the tournament.

“Alex did a great job all week of staying patient, but was at his best today,” Anderson said. “This should confirm in his mind that he can play with anyone. He stuck to the game plan and made clutch birdies, and I couldn’t be happier to see him play that way.”

The Wildcats entered second-round play on Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Senior Erik Oja and McMahon both shot 71 (-1) in second-round play. Oja went into the final round tied for ninth as he teamed with McMahon to be able to get two of the 10 Arizona players under par.

Freshman Bertrand Mommaerts, junior Brenden Redfern and senior Christian Colegrove also shined on Monday.

The tournament began Sunday but weather conditions in the morning forced the team to stop.

“I was very proud of the way our team handled the difficult conditions today,” Anderson said. “I’m particularly proud of Alex for getting his first round of the year under par on a difficult day.”

Anderson said the team was disappointed with its overall performance but has the chance to practice before the next meet.

“It’s early and we have time to try some different things, but we’ll have to work hard to get ready for our next opportunity to compete next week,” Anderson said.

The men’s team will prepare for the opening day of the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque on Sept. 27.

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