Arizona Leads ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 2, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ASU Thunderbird Invitational includes six of the the top ten teams in the nation, and 11 of the top 40. The Wildcats, who fall in neither of those two categories, are in first place after two rounds.

At 14 under, Arizona leads the event by two strokes over 14th ranked USC. The two teams were tied for first after round one. Jonathan Khan is tied for fifth place at five-under.

Host ASU, who has won the event the past two years, and 14 of the last 21 years, is currently 13 strokes back, and in need of a miraculous comeback in order to make it three straight.

The Wildcats take a lead into the final round for the second time all season; the first time was Arizona's lone victory in the Braveheart Classic. USC is in second after back to back 278 (-6)'s. Sixth ranked UCLA is only four back of the Cats at ten-under. Eighth ranked ASU is the final team under par at one under. Fourth ranked Oregon is one over and tied for fifth with UC-Irvine.

The field includes 16 teams, including all ten Pac-10 teams, who occupy eight of the top-10 slots. The two highest ranked teams, no. 2 Stanford and no. 3 Washington are tied for seventh, 17 strokes off the lead.

Steve Lim of USC has a two stroke lead in the tournament at nine under. J.J. Spaun of San Diego State shot a 135 (-7) is in second. UC-Irvine's John Chin and Washington State's Kevin Tucker are tied for third at six under. Khan and Eugene Wong of Oregon are tied for fifth, four strokes back.

Khan is looking for his third top-10 finish of the year. Rich Saferian could also pick up his third top-10 finish on the season with a solid effort tomorrow; the senior is tied for 11th. Tarquin MacManus is tied for 18th at one under. Philip Bagdade recovered from a rough first round, a 77 (+6), with a brilliant second, a 67 (-4), the best round for any UA golfer on the day. The sophomore is tied for 34th, along with Juan Pablo Hernandez, who also had one good round, a 69 (-2), and one bad round, a 75 (+4). Trent Redfern, who is competing as an individual, is tied for 30th, playing the first round at par, picking up his best round of the year. Also competing as an individual, Kenji Hernandez is in 88th.

Arizona hopes to earn its second win of the season tomorrow when things tee off at 7 a.m. MST. The ASU Thunderbird Invitational is being competed at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., a par 71, 7,057 yard course that is also the site for the Pac-10 Championship later this month.

Live stats will be available at for tomorrow's third and final round.

Top Five Teams
1 Arizona   278 276  554 -14
2 USC        278 278  556 -12
3 UCLA      281 277  558 -10
4 ASU        291 276  567 -1
5 Oregon    287 282  569 +1
  UC-Irvine  290 279  569 +1

Top Five Individuals
1 Steve Lim, USC                       68 65  133 -9
2 J.J. Spaun, San Diego State      69 66  135 -7
3 John Chin, UC-Irvine                72 64  136 -6   
  Kevin Tucker, Washington State 68 68  136 -6
5 Eugene Wong, Oregon             69 68  137 -5
  Jonathan Khan, Arizona            68 69  137 -5

Arizona Finishers
T5  Jonathan Khan           68 69  137 -5
T11 Rich Saferian             70 70  140 -2
T18 Tarquin MacManus      71 70  141 -1
T30 Trent Redfern*           71 72  143 +1
T34 Philip Bagdade           77 67  144 +2
T34 Juan Pablo Hernandez 69 75  144 +2
88  Kenji Hernandez*         83 77  160 +18
*Competing as an individual

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