UA men's golf travels to Albuquerque to face west coast foes

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Redshirt freshman Andrew Garner tees off. Arizona men's golf travels to Albuquerque this weekend. Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics.

Arizona men’s golf continues the beginning of its season this weekend, competing in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The tournament takes place today and Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

The tournament is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is hosted on the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course.

The tournament spans over two days, but the format is still 54 holes with 36 holes scheduled for today. University of Colorado is the only other team from the Pac-12 competing, and the rest of the 16-team field is made up of teams from the Mountain West Conference, West Coast Conference and Conference USA.

This is the 48th year the Lobos have hosted the event on their championship course, and they are the three-time defending champions of the tournament.

After an eighth-place finish as a team at Saint Mary’s Invitational at Pebble Beach, the Wildcats look for a stronger start to this tournament. Sophomore Jordan Gumberg led the way for the Wildcats with 74-67-74 – 215 (+2), which was good for a ninth-place finish at St. Mary’s Invitational.

Gumberg noted the team’s slow start in the first round of St. Mary’s Invitational and hopes it can get off to a faster start this weekend.

Senior Kolton Lapa, who finished at St. Mary’s with a 77-78-78 – 230 (+17) to tie for 61st place, is the team’s only upperclassman. A fast start from him this weekend could equal a big weekend for the Wildcats.

Sophomore Max Donohue and freshman Tyler Moore helped the Wildcats gain ground on the leaderboard at Pebble Beach two weeks ago. Both Donohue and Moore posted scores of 72 over the weekend and helped the Wildcats climb from the bottom of the standings. They look to ride their play from the weekend in to Albuquerque.

The Wildcats have a very young team that will continue to start freshmen and sophomores throughout the season. Early season tournaments like this weekend in Albuquerque are great building blocks for young players on the team. Gaining momentum is important for the Wildcats and is something the team will try to do this weekend, beginning with a 36-hole shotgun start.

The first round of the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate golf tournament teed off today at 8 a.m., MST.


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