Arizona men's golf tied for fourth after two rounds
After the second round of the Arizona Intercollegiate, Arizona’s men’s golf team is in a tie for fourth-place.
In the first two rounds combined, the Wildcats have a collective score of 581, tying them with BYU for fourth in the 14-school tournament.
“We did a great job 70-percent of the time executing,” head coach Jim Anderson said in a press release. “There were a few situations where we made some errors that cost us from having a good shot at being in position to win, not that we can’t still do it.”
Southern California was tied with California going into the second round but now sits in first place after shooting a 283 in the second round. The Trojans have a two-round collective score of 564. USC’s Anthony Paolucci leads all individuals with a score of 135 (-7).
Senior Parker Houston hits the golf ball during the Arizona Intercollegiate tournament at Casino Del Sol's Sewailo Golf Club on Monday. The 14-team tournament will feature 36 holes of play on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Wildcats’ Kolton Lapa ended the first round with a score of 71 (E) and beat it in round two with a score of 69 (-2). The sophomore is in third place in the overall individual standings.
“I know [Lapa] is a competitor and he took an attitude that he couldn’t be denied,” Anderson said.
Behind Lapa, no other Arizona golfer shot par or below. Erik Oja is second on the Wildcats and is tied for 15th in the overall standings. Over the first two rounds, Oja has a total score of 145.
The other three Wildcat golfers on Arizona’s roster for the tournament are Alex McMahon, Brenden Redfern and Benson Liu. They are tied for 23rd, 28th and 42nd, respectively.
Senior Christian Colegrove had the best score for Wildcats playing as individuals in the Arizona Intercollegiate tournament. Colegrove shot 154 (plus 12) over the first two rounds, placing him in a tie for 55th.
With only one day remaining, Arizona sits one shot behind the third-place school, New Mexico. It is 15 shots behind second-place California.
“We need to have five guys playing for something greater than themselves on the line,” Anderson said. “In team golf, it’s not impossible to make up 17 shots, so we will do our best and let the scores add up.”
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