GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Arizona Men’s Golf will begin its 2023-24 season by competing in the Folds of Honor Collegiate for a second consecutive season. The Wildcats posted a runner-up finish to Illinois in the event last year with two members of that lineup participating this week. Golf Channel will broadcast the 2023 Folds of Honor Collegiate via the Peacock App each of the three days of action at American Dunes Golf Club.
“Starting our season off at a marquee event, like the Folds of Honor Collegiate, will create a ton of excitement around our program,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “We’ve posted great scores on this American Dunes in the past, and I feel like that course knowledge will really benefit us this week. We’ve had a great two weeks of qualifying for this event, and I am eager to watch our guys compete on a big national stage and start the year off strong.”
Arizona will tee off on Monday alongside Army and South Carolina in the day’s first groups, beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MST). The Wildcat lineup includes two golfers who played in last year’s event; senior Sam Sommerhauser and sophomore Filip Jakubcik. Fellow returner, Tiger Christensen, will also be a part of this year’s field after transferring to Arizona during the semester break last year. Sophomore Yannick Malik and freshman Tony Xiong round out Coach Anderson’s lineup.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Sophomore Filip Jakubcik finished in a tie for fifth place in last year’s Folds of Honor Collegiate to lead all Arizona golfers. The Czech golfer finished at 3-under and posted the highest finish of his freshman season.
- Tiger Christensen was a part of the field at The Open Championship this past summer at Royal Liverpool Golf Course after qualifying for the event as an amateur.
- Yannick Malik and Filip Jakubcik each won key amateur championships during the offseason. Jakubcik won the Czech Amateur Championship while Malik claimed the title at Dutch Amateur Championship.
- Graduated senior Chase Sienkiewicz set the American Dunes Golf Club with a 67 in the third round a year ago.