MORGAN HILL, Calif. – No. 19 Arizona Men’s Golf was slow out of the gates on the first day of the NCAA Morgan Hill Regional, finishing the day at 10-over par and in 12th place. The Wildcats started their first round on the back nine holes of The Institute Golf Club, and they were able to shoot nine strokes better after the turn on Monday.
“This morning proved to be a challenging start to our week, but we were able to post much better scores in the afternoon,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “I am confident our afternoon momentum will carry over into tomorrow’s second round as we will look to move up the leaderboards. Our message for tomorrow is to stay true to our preparation and learn from our mistakes of today. We will need to be patient and determined to post better scores tomorrow.”
Sophomore Tiger Christensen posted Arizona’s top score on Monday with an even par round of 72. Senior Chase Sienkiewicz finished two strokes behind Christensen as Arizona’s second counting score.
The Wildcats sit four strokes behind NC State and five strokes shy of California for the top 10 of the leaderboard. A total of four strokes separates the third and ninth-place teams heading into the second round. The top five teams after 54 holes of NCAA Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Scottsdale.
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