TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Men’s Golf was playing its best golf of the day when play was halted due to darkness after 11 holes in the second round on Monday. Midway through the second round of the day, the Wildcats sat in second place as a team at 22-under par at Tucson Country Club. Senior Chaz Aurilia ended Monday’s action in a tie for first place at 10-under par with teammate Cal McCoy also shooting 10-under as an individual.
“We did a great job overcoming a little sluggish scoring start in the morning by shooting some quality scores in the afternoon,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “I was very happy to see so many of our guys having tremendous rounds, which put us in position to compete for wins on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing this team pick up where it left off on Monday and keep the positive momentum going.”
Aurilia was part of a trio of Wildcats to finish the first round in the top ten of individual leaderboards at 67 (5-under par). Freshman Zach Pollo and sophomore Tiger Christensen each fired opening rounds of 68 as part of the Arizona lineup. Sophomore Johnny Walker, playing as an individual, recorded the lowest round of the day at 64.
The Wildcats posted the second-best scoring average on TCC’s par 4’s and par 5’s, trailing the leader by one stroke in both statistics. Arizona led all teams with four eagles on Monday with McCoy and freshman Filip Jakubcik sinking theirs in the first round before Aurilia and junior Sam Sommerhauser scored eagles on the front nine of the second round. After shooting 12-under as a team in the first round, the Cats were 10-under as a team through the first 11 holes of the second round.
Arizona, at 22-under par, enters Tuesday in second place and four strokes behind Texas A&M. The Wildcat lineup includes three golfers in the top 12 individually, led by Aurilia in a tie for first at 10-under. Christensen sits in a tie for eighth at 6-under with Pollo one stroke behind him in a tie for 11th.
The field will resume the second round on Tuesday morning before playing the third and final round.
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