Wildcats, Reeves Clinch Pac-12 Championship Titles
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – No. 21 Arizona Men's Golf began the fourth and final round of the 2021 Pac-12 Championships with a four-stroke lead over Arizona State and ended Wednesday by clinching the conference championship by four strokes with a final score of 41-under par. The team title was only half of Arizona's championship sweep as senior Brad Reeves won the individual title at 16-under after a tap-in birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Stanford's Henry Shimp.
"We've been able to share a couple of moments of celebration already as a team, and now we are just grinning from ear to ear," said head coach Jim Anderson. "It's such a special feeling to see Brad work so hard over his career to reach this pinnacle and for him to become a champion is an accomplishment we are all so proud of. For our team, led by this amazing group of seniors, to win a Pac-12 Championship is something we will look back of as a paramount moment for our entire program and in all of our careers."
— Arizona Men's Golf (@ArizonaMGolf) April 28, 2021
The Wildcats' team championship was its first conference title since winning the 2004 Pac-10 Championships while Reeves became the first Wildcat to win conference individually since Creighton Honeck was the 2008 Pac-10 Champion.
"It's really a great feeling," Reeves said. "Obviously when you begin the year, this is one of your goals to be able to win at Pac-12's as a team. But to win individually as well is an amazing feeling to accomplish a personal goal as well. To be able to do that while winning a team championship is something pretty special."
Arizona's 12-under round to close out the championships was powered by David Laskin carding a blistering 66, which was capped by the senior sinking an eagle putt on the 18th and final hole. He was one of four Wildcats to break bar in the final round and just edged his teammate Reeves by two strokes on the day.
Fellow senior Trevor Werbylo gave the team a second finisher in the top 10 as the Tucson native shot a final round of 71 to finish in a tie for eighth for the tournament at 7-under. Laskin's strong final round moved him up 15 spots in the final leaderboards into a tie for 17th at 5-under par. Graduate senior Christian Banke gave the Wildcats a fourth top-25 finish when he posted a final score of 2-under.
Senior Briggs Duce and sophomore Chase Sienkiewicz played pivotal roles throughout the four-round championship, including Duce's opening round 69 and Sienkiewicz carding back-to-back 71's on the first day of the tournament.
Wednesday's win in the Bay Area gave the Wildcats its third tournament win of the season, which is the most by an Arizona team since winning four events in 2004.
Arizona's conference championship will solidify its positioning for NCAA Regionals selection, which will take place on Wednesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. (MST) on the Golf Channel. The six NCAA sites are hosted by Ball State, Florida State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Washington.