By Juliana Lara / UA Sports
The Arizona men’s golf team won the Arizona Intercollegiate for the first time since 2012, finishing the three-round tournament at 10-over-par. The Wildcats stormed to the top of the leaderboard on Tuesday at Sewailo Golf Club, using a 15-under final round to defeat Golfweek’s second-ranked team Texas A&M by two strokes and its sixth-ranked team Baylor by four strokes.
“Today was a special day for our team and this program,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “We have a great team and we believe in each of the guys. Playing your best at home is not always easy and we did an amazing job staying patient and playing our game. Great things happened at the end thanks to picking good clubs and making great putts.”
This event marked Anderson’s first win since joining Arizona in the summer of 2012.
Senior George Cunningham placed second in the individual competition after a strong finish. The Tucson native tallied four birdies in the final round, and eagled the par-4 16th, which landed him at 6-under on the day. Cunningham’s third-round score of 65 set a new career 18-hole low, besting his previous score of 67 from The Goodwin during the 2014-2015 season. Cunningham ranked first in par-4 scoring and finished the tournament with a score of 214 (+1).
“I am beyond happy and excited to have gotten this team win,” commented Cunningham. “Winning now with the team and seeing how far the team has come since my freshman year has been fun to watch but to get this win is the biggest thing to happen so far for me in my college career! Winning my first event last semester was so fun but this win as a team is better in every aspect.”
Freshman Tianlang Guan had a successful collegiate debut, finishing in 10th place at 5-over (218). Guan had an even third round, and had a stroke average of 72.67 for the tournament. He tallied 11 birdies in the event and ranked third in par-4 scoring.
Sophomore David Laskin was a steady force in the final round, where he notched seven birdies. Laskin was 6-under in the third round and tied for 11th place. Laskin’s final-round 65 was a career low, topping his 68 from the ASU Thunderbird last season.
Sophomore Brad Reeves tied for 25th with a score of 222 (+9). He posted nine birdies in the competition and ranked in the top 10 for par-3, par-4, and par-5 scoring. Freshman Trevor Werbylo finished play tied in 45th with a score of 227 (+14). Werbylo’s 68 in the final round was also a career low, bettering his previous mark of 70 from earlier this season.
In the individual competition, junior Travis Fredborg tied for 19th at 8-over and junior Dylan Stein tied for 38th at 12-over.
Arizona will now head to Hawaii for the John Burns Intercollegiate, which starts Thursday, Feb. 15.
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