Cats in Sixth After Two Rounds of Braveheart Classic

March 3, 2009

TUCSON-Ariz.- Arizona blasted a first round of 294 (+6), tying them for third place in the tournament. Brad Nicholson, Rich Saferian and Tarquin MacManus put together rounds of 73 (+1). But in the second round, the Wildcats struggled to a 301, bringing their shot total to 595 (+19), 16 strokes behind leader Oregon.

Oregon used a 287 (-1) in the first round, the only under-par round of the tournament, to grab the lead. They then carded a 292 (+4) in the second round, to keep the lead. They have a ten stroke lead. Loyola Marymount recovered from a 301 (+13) first round to crush a second round score of 288 (E). Their cumulative score of 589 is good enough for second. Southern Utah and Long Beach State are tied for third, one stroke behind the Lions. Tennessee is at 16 over and in fifth place. The Cats are three strokes behind the Volunteers.

Tai Reynolds of Southern Utah concluded day one as the only golfer under par. His 143 (-1) is one stoke lower than the four golfer tie for second. This tie at even par includes two Ducks: Robbie Ziegler and Eugene Wong. Also at 144 (E) are Nick Delio of Cal State Northridge and Brian Locke of Loyola Marymount.

Brad Nicholson led Arizona after the first day. His 148 (+4) was good enough for 21st. Nicholson is looking to earn his first top-20 finish of the year. One stroke behind the Junior are Tarquin MacManus and Tyler Neal. MacManus and Neal shot a first and second round total of five over, placing them in a tie for 25th. MacManus is coming off a second place finish in Arizona’s last outing in the John A. Burns Invitational. Jonathan Khan and Rich Saferian had a similar day, finishing +7 and in a tie for 37th. Phil Bagdade, who is competing as an individual, is at 154 (+10) heading into the final round.

The tournament is played at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., a par 72, 6,960 course.

Top-5 Teams

1. Oregon 287 292 579 +3

2. Loyola Marymount 301 288 589 +13

3. Southern Utah 292 298 590 +14

Long Beach State 296 294 590 +14

5. Tennessee 294 298 592 +16

Top-5 Individuals

1 Tai Reynolds So. Utah 70 73 143 -1

2 Nick Delio CSUN 73 71 144 E

Brian Locke Loyola-Mar 70 74 144 E

Robbie Ziegler Oregon 73 71 144 E

Eugene Wong Oregon 72 72 144 E

Arizona Finishers

T21. Brad Nicholson 73 75 148 +4

T25. Tarquin MacManus 73 76 149 +5

T25. Tyler Neal 75 74 149 +5

T37. Jonathan Khan 75 76 151 +7

T37. Rich Saferian 73 78 151 +7
T53. Phil Bagdade* 79 75 154 +10

*Competing as an individual

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