Sienkiewicz and Cats Sit Atop Leaderboards After Day One of Regionals
BRYAN, Texas – A scorecard chalked full of birdies and a career-low round propelled Arizona Men's Golf to the top of the leaderboard at 12-under par on the first day of the NCAA Bryan Regional, hosted by Texas A&M. Junior Chase Sienkiewicz fired a blistering-low round of 65 to lead all players in the field on the first day. Sienkiewicz's round of 7-under was followed by graduate senior Christian Banke at 4-under and sophomore Sam Sommerhauser at 1-under.
"I am extremely proud of how our entire team played today, from start to finish," said head coach Jim Anderson. "Chase and his 31 on the back nine really set a tone for us today and Christian, Sam, Johnny and Chaz all followed suit with some quality scores. We did a great job of executing our game plan on every shot, and I feel like we have established a great starting point to continue to improve in the coming days."
Sienkiewicz's round of 65 tied the second lowest ever by an Arizona Wildcat in NCAA Regionals, matching Trev Anderson's 65 performance in the second round of the 1989 El Paso Regional. The junior also shaved a stroke off his career-low round of 66, which he shot in the first and second rounds of the Cabo Collegiate in February.
The team's four counting scores gave the Cats an opening round of 276 (12-under par), which was also one of the best team performances in program history. It matched Arizona's seventh-lowest round in NCAA Regionals history, tying the 276 carded in the 2013 NCAA Tempe Regional and the 2009 NCAA Orlando Regional.
The Wildcats lead defending national champion, Pepperdine, by three strokes and hold a four-stroke advantage over third-place Texas A&M.
Sienkiewicz sits atop the player leaderboards with Banke sitting right behind him in a tie for third place. Sommerhauser enters Tuesday's second round in a tie for 16th place.
Leading the field with 36 holes remaining, the Wildcats will need to finish in the top five of the team standings to advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Scottsdale, Arizona.