Men's golf leaps up to third place heading into final round of John Burns Intercollegiate
The Arizona men's golf team jumped five spots up the leaderboard in round two of the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.
The Wildcats used an impressive -10 round to jump from eighth place on the leaderboard to now third place in Lihue, Hawaii.
The ‘Cats tied with Texas A&M for the lowest team score on the day. Once again the Wildcats rallied behind sophomore David Laskin in day two of the tournament. Laskin finished the day shooting a -3, 69. His second round performance was enough to keep him tied for second place, just three shots off the lead in the individual category.
"I played a solid round again today, I started out a little slow with a double bogey but I stayed patient throughout the round to wait for my opportunities to make birdies," said Laskin to Arizona Athletics. "The course is set up to where if you are patient, the birdies will fall into place. The team was able to put up some good rounds with George [Cunningham] and Trevor [Werbylo] shooting under par as well. We put ourselves in a great spot for tomorrow's final round and hope we can stay patient and finish strong."
After scoring a double bogey on the first hole of his round, Laskin went on to make six birdies on the day. Arizona freshman Trevor Werbylo also performed well in round two by shooting a 68 on the day. Werbylo jumped 19 spots up the individual leaderboard to put him tied for 15th place heading into the final round of the tournament.
Senior George Cunningham and sophomore Briggs Deuce also shot under 70 for the Wildcats. Both players shot a 69 on the day with Cunningham moving 28 spots to get to tied for 33rd place and Deuce climbing 20 spots up the leaderboard to get to tied for 26th place. Arizona head coach Jim Anderson commented on his team’s ability to bounce back in round two.
"Our team did a great job of demonstrating patience today, we didn't have a particularly good start but we took advantage of scoring opportunities on the back nine to post a great score. We feel very comfortable on this course and our guys will be ready for their best round tomorrow. David [Laskin] was so solid again and he has really impressed our team with his ability to score in various conditions" said coach Anderson to Arizona Athletics
To round out the rest of the day for the Wildcats, junior Travis Fredborg shot a 71 on the day putting him tied for 33rd place. Sophomore Brad Reeves shot a 73, which was the same score as his round one score. Reeves is currently tied at 47th place now. Freshman Tianlang Guan improved his round two score by four strokes for a score of 72, putting him tied for 60th.
UNLV sits atop of the leaderboard still at -21 with Texas A&M sitting in second place. The ‘Cats will start the final round of play on Saturday, Feb. 17 just five strokes behind second place. Stay tuned for more coverage of the team as they finish up play in Hawaii.