Laskin Leads Arizona on First Day of Regionals
TUCSON, Ariz. – After cutting its scores in half after making the turn to the front nine on Monday, No. 20 Arizona Men's Golf finished its first day at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional in 12th at 7-over par. Arizona is part of a six-team pack of teams separated by eight strokes in the leaderboards after a blustery opening round in central Washington. Senior David Laskin gave the Wildcats their lowest score with his 1-under round of 70 and finished in a tie for 15th.
"Our team battled the wind throughout the day to post better scores in the second half of our round today," said head coach Jim Anderson. "Hats off to Dave with his strong round to lead our team today. The way our team fought and adjusted to the conditions for our final nine holes today showed that we can make the necessary adjustments to post lower scores tomorrow."
Laskin's opening round of 70 was the senior's second-lowest round of his career in a NCAA Regional as only a third of the players in Monday's first round broke par.
Behind Laskin in Arizona's scoring was sophomore Chase Sienkiewicz who in his first ever round of NCAA postseason competition shot 1-over par. The trio of remaining Wildcats, Brad Reeves, Trevor Werbylo and Christian Banke, finished at 3-over, 4-over and 5-over respectively.
Arizona will tee off its second round at 9:15 a.m. (MST) on Tuesday, beginning on the 10th hole. The Wildcats are paired with Iowa and Long Beach State.