Cats Finish Third in John A. Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 20, 2009

TUCSON-Ariz. Arizona lead the John A. Burns Intercollegiate after the first round and Tarquin MacManus lead the event individually. Things only got better on the second day as the Cats’ lead grew, and MacManus held onto the lead. The Wildcats, searching for their first win of the season, shot a 284 (-4) in the third round, their worst round of the tournament, to fall to a third place finish. MacManus shot a 72 (E) on the final day, likewise his worst round of the tournament, and finished second by a single stroke. Texas A&M won the event; James Erkenbeck of New Mexico took home the individual medal.

Texas A&M used a 272 (-16) third round, the lowest round of any team all tournament, to win the event. All four Aggies’ counted scores were in the 60s. Texas A&M was in third at 12 under heading into the day. Their 836 (-28) shot total was three strokes better than second place New Mexico. At 25 under, the Lobos beat out the Cats by one stroke for second place. Arkansas finished fourth at 849 (-15). Arkansas, the 14th best team in the country according to the latest Golfweek Men’s Collegiate Rankings, was the highest ranked team in the tournament.

James Erkenbeck of New Mexico scorched the course Friday, finishing seven under for the day. Erkenbeck was six shots back and in a tie for 14th heading into the day. MacManus shot par in the final round to slip into a second place finish. SMU’s James Kwon shot a 207 (-9) for the tournament, good enough for fourth.

Tarquin MacManus recorded his second top ten finish of the year. Joining him in the top ten was Tyler Neal. Neal shot a 209 (-7) and finished seventh for his second top ten finish as well. Jonathan Khan was tied for eighth heading into the day but shot a 74 (+2) in the third round to fall to a tie for 24th. Also in the seven-way tie for 24th is Brad Nicholson. Nicholson’s 69 (-3) was the lowest the lowest of the day for the Cats, and a season low for the junior. Rich Saferian finished in a tie for 60th.

The Wildcats will be back in action March 2 and 3 for the Braveheart Invitational in Beaumont, Calif. The John A. Burns Intercollegiate was contested at the Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Haw., a par 72, 6,916 layout.

Top Five Teams

1. Texas A&M 286-278-272=836 (-28)

2. New Mexico 277-285-277=839 (-25)

3. Arizona 276-280-284=840 (-24)

4. Arkansas 280-286-283=849 (-15)

5. Denver 291 280-279=850 (-14)

Top Five Individuals


1. James Erkenbeck, New Mexico 69-71-65=205 (-11)

2. Tarquin MacManus, Arizona 64-70-72=206 (-10)

3. James Kwon, SMU 67-70-70=207 (-9)

T4. Andrew Landry, Arkansas 70-70-68=208 (-8)

T4. Cole Moreland, Auburn 67-71-70=208 (-8)

Arizona Finishers

2. Tarquin MacManus 64-70-72=206 (-10)

T7. Tyler Neal 67-72-70=209 (-7)

T24. Jonathan Khan 71-68-74=213 (-3)

T24. Brad Nicholson 74-70-69=213 (-3)

T60. Rich Saferian 75-72-73=220 (+4)




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