Cats Stumble In Final Round; Earn Runner Up Finish
LIHUE, Hawai'I – Arizona Men's Golf faltered in its final round of the John Burns Intercollegiate as it relinquished its three-stroke lead to finish runner up to New Mexico with a final score of 16-under par. The Wildcats' second-place finish was their best at the annual event since winning it in 2004.
"Today was a disappointing finale to what had been a great week of golf for our team," said head coach Jim Anderson. "I don't want our performance today on the back nine to be all that our team took away from this week. We played two rounds of outstanding golf and opened today on a high note as well. I know our team will take a lot of growth and development with them from this week."
Sam Sommerhauser, who fired a 66 in the second round, finished the tournament as Arizona's lowest score. The sophomore finished in a tie for sixth at 7-under par. He also tied his career best tournament finish this week after also finishing in sixth in the season opener, the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in September.
Christian Banke, who tallied his first career win in his last event, gave Arizona a second top-10 finisher as the graduate senior posted a final score of 5-under for the week. Banke has now finished in the top 10 in five of his six tournaments this season.
Arizona will return to competition in a week when it plays in the Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from February 27 to March 1.