Arizona Finishes 15th in Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship

March 14, 2010

LAS VEGAS, - The Arizona men's golf team shot a 320 (+32) in the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, dropping it to last place in the event. The Cats shot a 938 (+74) for the tournament.

UNLV and UCLA were each 35-over for the tournament, tying them for the team title in one of the premier events in the country. The two separated themselves from the rest of the field and won the event by 11 strokes over USC and Texas A&M, which tied for third. At 47-over, Texas Tech finished fifth.

No golfer in the 79 player field finished the third round under-par. ASU's Jesper Kennegard shot a 76 (+4) on the day to take home the individual medal. Kennegard was three-over on the tournament. He finished a shot better than Tyson Alexander of Florida and T.J. Vogel of USC, who tied for second. Travis Ross of New Mexico finished fourth at five-over. TCU's Johan de Beer and a pair of Texas Longhorns, Dylan Frittelli and Cody Gribble tied for fifth.

The 15th-place finish is the worst of the year for Arizona, which was led by Tarquin MacManus. The junior tied for 21st at 13-over. Jonathan Khan shot the best round of the day for the Cats, a 76 (+4). Khan finished 14-over and in a tie for 27th. Philip Bagdade tied for 31st with a final score of 232 (+16). Competing as an individual, John Kostis finished 66th. At 31-over, Rich Saferian tied for 75th. Brad Nicholson finished 78th.

The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters was contested at the Southern Highlands Golf Club, a par-72, 7,510 yard course. 11 of the top 20 teams in the nation competed in the event. Ranked 50th, Arizona was the lowest ranked team in the field heading into the event.

Up Next: Arizona returns home for the NIT, played at the Tucson National Golf Resort, March 17-18. The NIT will be the first of four consecutive events played in the Grand Canyon State for Arizona. The Wildcats host the Callaway Match Play  Championship, March 21-23, at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course before heading to Tempe for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and the Pac-10 Championship.


Top Five Teams
T1 UNLV       +35 296 297 306 899
T1 UCLA       +35 294 306 299 899
T3 USC        +44 296 307 305 908
T3 Texas A&M  +44 295 307 306 908
5  Texas Tech +47 304 304 303 911

Top Five Individuals
1  Jesper Kennegard, ASU    +3 71 72 76 219
T2 Tyson Alexander, Florida +4 68 80 72 220
T2 T.J. Vogel, USC          +4 71 72 77 220
4  Travis Ross, New Mexico  +5 75 73 73 221
5  Three tied at            +6          222

Arizona Finishers
T21 Tarquin MacManus +13 74 76 79 229
T27 Jonathan Khan    +14 73 81 76 230
T31 Philip Bagdade   +16 78 77 77 232
66  John Kostis*     +26 79 81 82 242
T75 Rich Saferian    +31 78 81 88 247
78  Brad Nicholson   +38 78 88 88 254
* Competed as an individual

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