Strong Back Nine Powers Wildcats' First Round
LA QUINTA, Calif. – After a slow start in the opening round of The Prestige tournament in California, Arizona Men's Golf shot 6-under par as a team on the back nine to finish the opening day in fourth place at one stroke under par. Sophomore Chase Sienkiewicz and senior David Laskin led the way for the Wildcats with opening rounds of 3-under and 1-under par respectively.
"It is great to have a round under par to open on this golf course," said head coach Jim Anderson. "The course is filled with birdie chances and understanding where to be aggressive and where to lay back is not always clear. We will continue adjusting, but the more we see the course, the more decisive we can be making confident swings. I think the best part about today is that we had four guys end the day with the feeling that they will be better tomorrow on course. Chase was rock solid, and I couldn't be more excited for him as he gets comfortable in this role. We will clean up our play in the afternoon tomorrow and hopefully play a round that will give us position us well going into the final round."
Arizona led all teams in Par-5 scoring on the first day, finishing seven strokes under par on the course's longest holes. The Wildcats also finished in a tie for third place in Par-3 scoring, matching host UC Davis.
After seven pars, one birdie and one bogey on the front nine, Sienkiewicz birdied the 11th and 12th holes en route to his 3-under score for the back nine holes. His four birdies on the day were split among Par-3 and Par-5 holes.
Laskin's 3-under par score after the turn included birdies on both of the Par-5 holes, No. 11 and No. 16, as well as sinking a birdie putt on the Par-3, 17th hole. The senior finished the first round in a tie for the lowest scores on the course's par-3 holes.
Arizona will return to the Greg Norman Course at PGA West for the second round on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. (MST).