Cats End First Day Atop Team and Individual Leaderboards
TUCSON, Ariz. – Overcoming blustery conditions and a wind delay, the Arizona Wildcats finished the first day of the 2021 Arizona Intercollegiate atop the standings with a 12-stroke lead over second place New Mexico. Arizona Men's Golf, in pursuit of its fourth consecutive win of its home event, were led by seniors Brad Reeves and Trevor Werbylo who capped the first round by finishing as the top two individual scorers in the field as Arizona an even par, 284, as a team.
"Today was some of the toughest conditions we will face all year," said head coach Jim Anderson. "Fortunately for us, we were very familiar with our home course. We know there is still a lot of golf to play in this event, so we will reset and get ready for tomorrow. We know there will be a new set of challenges to face and a new opportunity to overcome them."
Reeves shot a blistering 5-under par on the front nine as he made the turn after scoring birdie, eagle, birdie on the last three holes. He battled the afternoon's stronger wind gusts and delay to shoot a 68 for the round, good for 3-under par. The senior's made his team's only eagle on the day when he sunk his putt on the eighth hole.
Werbylo joined Reeves as the only other play to shoot below par in the first round with his 1-under round of 70. The Tucson native opened play with a pair of birdies before battling the conditions on the back nine and sinking a pair of birdie putts and scoring six pars in the last nine holes.
The Wildcats were the lowest scoring team on all par 4 and par 5 holes for the first round, averaging scores of 4.11 and 4.67 respectively.
Arizona also got a top-ten finish in round one from senior David Laskin. He was one of five players to finish the day one stroke over par and tied for seventh place. Just like his fellow Wildcat seniors, Laskin was strong on the front nine with a score of 1-under before making the turn.
Day two of the 2021 Arizona Intercollegiate will begin on Tuesday morning at Sewailo Golf Club before wrapping up on Wednesday.