M. Golf Returns to Action Next Week
Oct. 2, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona men's golf team well head to Reno, Nev. next week for a the Wolf Pack Classic, hosted by Nevada.
Rounds one and two will be played Monday, Oct. 5, and the final round on Tuesday, with shotgun starts at 9:00 a.m. MST each day. The tournament will be held at Wolf Run Golf Club, a par 72, 7,100 yard course.
The field includes: Nevada, Arizona, Boise State, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Kansas State, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico State, Portland, Sacramento State, San Diego and Wichita State.
Last Time Out: Arizona finished tenth in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, Sept. 11-12. Tarquin MacManus finished 13th. The junior recorded a top twenty finish for the fourth time in his last five events.
Slow Start: Arizona's tenth place finish in the first event was its worst season-debut since 2005 when the Cats finished eleventh in the same William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.
The Big 3: All-American Tarquin MacManus, all-conference Rich Saferian and Tucson-native Jonathan Khan lead the Wildcats. MacManus, 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional champion finished his 2008-09 season with five of his last eight rounds played with scores in the 60s. Saferian and Khan finished the 2008-09 season ranked second and third respectively on the team in stroke average. The team stayed true to its form in the one event this season, with MacManus finishing atop the Wildcats' team card, with Saferian and Khan in tow.
First Timers: Two Wildcats saw their first action in Arizona's first tournament. Both Stefan Cox and Trent Redfern each participated in their first collegiate event: the William H. Tucker Invitational. Their introduction in to collegiate golf proved to be a tough one as Cox and Redfern finished tied for 71st and 75th, respectively, worst on the team.
Wolf Pack Classic: The tournament has been kind to the Wildcats the past two years. In each of the past two seasons, Arizona earned its highest finish of the season. In 2007, the Cats won the event by 16 strokes. All five golfers in the Arizona line up finished in the top 17, and Tyler Neal won the event. Last season, Arizona finished second behind New Mexico State. Tarquin MacManus recorded top ten finishes in each.
Fall Struggles: Statistically speaking, Arizona has gotten off to slow starts in each of the past three seasons. The team's fall stroke average from a year ago was nearly 16 strokes higher than its spring numbers. The Wildcats also had a higher fall stroke average during the 2007-08 and 2006-07 seasons. Arizona averaged an eighth place finish in four fall events last year, compared to an average finish of just over fourth place during the spring portion of the schedule (nine events). The struggles continued for Arizona in their first event, a tenth place finish in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate.
New Faces: There are six newcomers this year for the Cats: Freshmen Mike Basco, Juan Pablo Hernandez, Jimmy Kozikowski and Trent Redfern, and transfers Stefan Cox and Miles Thorson. Cox is a junior and Thorson is a sophomore. Trent Redfern and Stefan Cox will be making their Wildcat debuts this weekend.
Recruiting Abroad: Newcomers Stefan Cox (Essex, England) and Juan Pablo Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) bring Arizona's foreign golfer count to five. The other three are: Tom Conran (Ireland), Kenji Hernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) and Tarquin MacManus (Cairns, Queensland, Australia). Walk-on Peter Ireland from Pebble Beach, Calif., receives bonus points just for his surname.