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Arizona men's golf competes at Western Intercollegiate

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Stan Liu / Arizona Athletics and Stan Liu / Arizona Athletics | The Daily Wildcat Arizona golf athlete Ari Gulugian blasts out of the bunker during National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

Jordan Gumberg sank a clutch 25-foot putt on the final hole of play to send the Wyoming Cowboy Classic into a playoff and came away as co-champion of the event giving Arizona men’s golf its first tournament winner in over five years.

Gumberg will look to keep his winning streak going as the Wildcats compete at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, California.

“When I hit it I just knew it was going in," he said. "It felt really good and I was pumped up when I tied for the lead.”

The putt sent the match into a four-way playoff and after one hole it was down to two with Colorado's Jeremy Paul. Gumberg and Paul both made par on the next hole and due to travel considerations the match was ended with the two named co-champions of the event.

As a team, the Wildcats finished in 10th place and redshirt sophomore Jake Kreuz achieved a career 54-hole low with a 215 while finishing 21st.

Gumberg showed tremendous poise coming down the stretch scoring his only eagle of the tournament, as well as four of his 15 birdies in the final round. Gumberg said the key to his win was making sure his misses were minimal and not catastrophic.

“I really stayed in the moment and had a plan for each shot I took,” he said.

It took every bit of concentration for Gumberg to win, becoming the first Wildcat to win a tournament since Tarquin MacManus in the very same event five years ago.

The biggest difference between the two is that MacManus was a senior, whereas Gumberg is a sophomore proving to be the Wildcat's most valuable golfer. Heading into the final tournament of the regular season, Gumberg leads the team in scoring average, a low round of the year with a 67 and low 54-hole score with a 205. This all while leading the team in rounds played with 27.

Gumberg credited his success to having a strong mental approach heading into this past tournament.

“I just really felt good out there," Gumberg said. "I stayed in each shot and never really felt out of it."

The Tennessee transfer has been a key cog in the machine for head coach Jim Anderson. His team is one of the youngest in the Pac-12 Conference, having only one senior, Kolton Lapa, no juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen.

“We have an extremely young team and it can be frustrating sometimes," Anderson said. "I think that is the reason why we haven’t been able to break through quite the way we’ve wanted to."


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