Men's golf places eighth at Pebble Beach tournament

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Arizona men’s golf opened its fall season with the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Pebble Beach, Calif., finishing in eighth place for the event.

The Wildcats had a rough start to the tournament. At the end of the first round, Arizona was in 12th place out of 15 teams after shooting 297 (+13) as a team.

“Today was a tough day for all of the guys,” senior Kolton Lapa said in a press release after the first day. “It got pretty windy on our back nine but our sophomore Max Donohue really clutched up and closed with an ending 33 on his back nine, which was very impressive considering the conditions.”

Just like Lapa noted, sophomore Max Donohue led his team on the first day of competition, finishing tied for 19th.

“We had a crazy day,” head coach Jim Anderson said in a press release. “I think we dealt with the nerves of our first event pretty well by getting off to a good start. That said, we missed a few shots and let it compound into bigger mistakes. We need to focus on our process and keep our calm throughout the day. Our guys are strong and we finished like a team that wants to compete.”

The Wildcats remained focused and bounced back in the second round, setting the team up to finish strong.

Arizona moved into fifth place, led by sophomore Jordan Gumberg, who drained six birdies on the day to move into third place.

“I had a feeling that today was going to be special, not just for me, but for the whole team,” Gumberg said in a press release after the second day. “We came back strong today and moved up the leaderboard. Tomorrow, we just need to forget about today, and go out, and do it again.”

On the third and final day of competition, Arizona finished in eighth place, with a total team score of 883 (+31). Gumberg finished tied for ninth in the tournament, shooting 2-over-par, while Donahue finished 23rd at 6-over-par. Gumberg finished with nine total birdies and an eagle.

“Overall, we had a great tournament,” Gumberg said in a press release. “We didn’t start off as well as we would have liked to, but the second round really moved us up the leaderboard. Unfortunately, we struggled as a team today, but for the first tournament as a very young group, I would say we had a good finish. I know the guys are really excited to compete again in New Mexico next week.”

Arizona will now head to Albuquerque, N.M., for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate tournament.


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