GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – A weather delay gave way to blustery conditions to start the third and final round of the Folds of Honor Collegiate as No. 19 Arizona Men’s Golf slipped down the leaderboard to finish the event in fifth place at 18-over par. Sophomore Filip Jakubcik led the Wildcats for the week at American Dunes Golf Club, finishing in a tie for sixth at 1-over. It marked the second top-10 career performance for Jakubcik who also finished in the top 10 in the same event a year ago.
“We did not come out as strong as we did on Monday or Tuesday, which put us behind the eight ball after the first four holes,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “We tried to play catch-up all day and weren’t able to find our rhythm, but that is part of the learning experience that this week will be for our guys. It will be a source of motivation and growth for all of us that we can utilize with a quick turnaround to the Sahalee Players Championship this weekend.”
Jakubcik opened his week with rounds of 70 and 71 and was in contention for medalist honors until the final hole on Wednesday. His consistent play was highlighted on the course’s par 3’s as he finished tied for third out of 90 players in par-3 scoring. The Czech Republic native was part of a team-wide dominance of scoring opportunities on short holes as the Wildcats ended the week tied with Arkansas with the best par-3 scoring average for the tournament.
Arizona got a second top-20 performance from senior Sam Sommerhauser who finished in a tie for 16th place at 4-over par. He shaved five strokes off his score from last year’s Folds of Honor Collegiate for the 5th top-20 showing of his career.
The Wildcats finished fifth out of a field of 18 teams in challenging conditions that saw nine teams shoot 30-over or worse. The team will fly straight from Michigan to Seattle for their next event. The Sahalee Players Championship in Redmond, Washington tees off on Saturday, Sept. 9.