MacManus Posts Sixth-Place Finish at Pac-10s

April 29, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Tarquin MacManus shot a final-round 71 Wednesday to earn a sixth-place finish at the 2009 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships in Seattle, Wash.

MacManus, a sophomore from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, collected five birdies on the day en-route to his one-under tally and finished the 72-hole event in a tie for sixth place at 288 (-3). He played the final three rounds at a combined eight-under par, a feat topped by only one player in the field.

It as the fourth top-10 finish of the season for McManus, which ties him for the team lead, and was his third under-par tournament total this year. The UA sophomore's finish marks the 10th consecutive season in which at least one Wildcat golfer has posted a top-10 finish at the Pac-10 Championships.

Washington's Darren Wallace claimed individual medalist honors with a four-round total of 277 (-11). Only eight players in the 60-man field finished the event under par.

As a team, Arizona finished in ninth place with a four-round total of 1483 (+43). Led by MacManus' efforts, the Cats equaled its low round of the tournament Wednesday, a seven-over 360. The top three players in the UA lineup were a combined six-under par in the final round, but depth proved to be an issue in this event where the five low scores are counted each round towards the team total.

Host Washington won the conference title with a four-round total of 1,424 (-18). The Huskies were the only team to finish under par in the event.

In addition to MacManus, UA's Rich Saferian posted a one-under 69 Wednesday and finished in 30th place at 295 (+7). Teammate Jonathan Khan was two strokes back in a tie for 35th place at 297 (+9). Freshman Philip Bagdade tied for 38th place at 298 (+10).

Also competing for the Wildcats were Tyler Neal, who finished 56th at 316 (+28), and Brad Nicholson, who finished 58th at 327 (+39).

The 2009 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships were held at the Seattle Golf Club, a par-72, 6,836-yard course.

Team Finish1.  Washington  	  365-360-347-352=1424 (-16)2.  Oregon      	  366-363-350-363=1442 (+2)3.  Arizona State	  375-362-356-363=1456 (+16)4.  Stanford    	  366-371-359-361=1457 (+17)5.  Oregon State	  364-371-361-368=1464 (+24)6.  UCLA        	  371-378-365-352=1466 (+26)7.  California  	  372-369-363-363=1467 (+27)8.  USC         	  371-374-366-363=1474 (+34)9.  ARIZONA     	  374-375-367-367=1483 (+43)10. Washington State	  390-378-370-386=1524 (+84)

Top-Five Individuals1. Darren Wallace, Wash. 70-72-65-70=277 (-11)2. Nick Taylor, Wash. 76-70-67-68=281 (-7)3. Erik Flores, UCLA 73-73-70-67=283 (-5) Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 74-69-70-70=283 (-5)5. John Murphy, California 69-74-69-72=284 (-4)

Arizona FinishersT6. Tarquin MacManus 77-68-69-71=285 (-3)30. Rich Saferian 76-78-72-69=295 (+7)T35. Jonathan Khan 75-77-75-70=297 (+9)T38. Philip Bagdade 71-77-75-75=298 (+10)56. Tyler Neal 83-75-76-82=316 (+28)58. Brad Nicholson 75-81-84-87=327 (+39)

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