Wildcats struggle in the final round, place sixth at the Oregon Duck Invitational
Arizona men’s golf traveled to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the Duck Invitational on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 and ultimately ended up taking home sixth place.
The team bounced around the leaderboard throughout the three rounds of the tournament and by the end of day one, the ‘Cats were just three shots away from tying first place.
Although the ‘Cats were in striking distance of first place, their final round wasn’t enough to get the job done.
Arizona finished the final round +11, putting them 25 over par on the tournament. This year the ‘Cats have relied on their final round comebacks but that wasn’t the case this time as the team posted a combined score of 295, the team’s highest score out of the three rounds.
"We are disappointed with our score today, we have a good team but couldn't put it together today, "head coach Jim Anderson said to Arizona Athletics. "We didn't make birdies on the holes where players were scoring and we made a few too many bogeys on the difficult holes. I know we will learn from this week because we played a tough course with a challenging set up."
The University of Oregon tied for first place with Liberty at +13. Oregon’s star golfer Norman Xiong (ranked No. 25 individually in the nation) won the tournament as an individual. Xiong posted an overall score of -11, highlighted by shooting a 64 in the final round.
Senior George Cunningham for Arizona struggled in the final round posting a score of 77, a score very uncharacteristic of the veteran senior. Despite his final round score, Cunningham managed to finish tied for 16th place in the individual leaderboard. Sophomores Brad Reeves and Briggs Duce also finished tied for 16th place. Reeves and Deuce both scored well in the final round shooting a 70 and 71 respectively.
Duce competed as an individual at the event and recorded his best finish on the season and his first NCAA top-20 finish, according to Arizona Athletics. Freshman Trevor Werbylo and sophomore David Laskin squeaked into the top-25 as well with Werbylo finishing tied for 21st and Laskin tying in 24th place. To round out the Duck Invitational for the Wildcats, junior Dylan Stein placed tied for 74th place.
The sixth place finish for Arizona puts an end to their top five finishes streak that last for four tournaments in a row. During that run the Wildcats are now ranked the No. 29 team in NCAA Division I men’s golf but that ranking could change heading into their next tournament.
The Wildcats head to Santa Cruz, Calif. to compete in the Western Intercollegiate on April 6-8. The tournament will be hosted by San Jose State.
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