Arizona Battles Snow and Wind to Retain Lead
TUCSON, Ariz. – A day after battling blustery conditions with high winds, Arizona Men's Golf fought through a snow delay on the second day of the Arizona Intercollegiate to retain a lead of 10 strokes on the rest of the field. The Wildcats ended the second round shooting 9-under par, 275, courtesy of low rounds by seniors Brad Reeves, David Laskin, Trevor Werbylo and Christian Banke.
"We had another full day on the golf course," said head coach Jim Anderson. "Our team has handled the adverse conditions very well with the snow delay and adjusting to changes on the course. Thankfully, everyone stayed in their rounds and we mounted a very strong finish to post a good score today. Brad birdied three of his last four and Christian finished with two birdies as well. We will clean up a few mistakes and we believe we can have the low final round with continued great play."
Arizona's lowest score of the day came from Banke at 4-under par, which was a ten stroke difference for the San Diego State grad transfer from the day before. He scored four birdies and only one bogey on the front nine before tallying one birdie and eight pars on the back to finish in a tie for 13th among all players after two rounds.
Reeves retained his top spot on the individual leaderboard with a 2-under par second round following his 3-under performance in the first round. The leader of the field ended with a flurry of three birdies in four holes. He also ended the first two rounds in a tie for fourth among all players, shooting 4-under par on the tournament's par 5 holes.
Werbylo also retained his spot on the leaderboard, solidifying his second place behind Reeves with a 2-under round of 69.
Arizona will attempt to clinch its fourth consecutive Arizona Intercollegiate title on Wednesday as it defends its 10-stroke lead over second place Wake Forest and its 20-stroke lead over third place New Mexico.