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Wildcats Earn No. 2 Seed at NCAA West Lafayette Regional

Wildcats Earn No. 2 Seed at NCAA West Lafayette Regional

TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 11 Arizona Men’s Golf didn’t have to wait long to hear its name called in Wednesday’s NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show as the Golf Channel showed the Wildcats in the first regional field revealed. Arizona was selected as the No. 2 seed in West Lafayette Regional as part of the 13-team field at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the campus Purdue University. It is the highest the program has been seeded at NCAA Regionals since earning a No. 2 seed  at the 2001 NCAA Oregon State Regional.

“Being a two seed is an indication of how we have played all season and a testament to our competitive scheduling,” said head coach Jim Anderson. “Now we are to the point where the number next to your name doesn’t mean much because it’s about going out there and playing some great golf. This team has played a handful of tournaments in the Midwest over the last few seasons, which gives us some good experience. We will bring our usual mindset and approach to the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex and gameplan to attack each pin.”

Arizona last played a postseason tournament on the campus of Purdue University at the 1961 NCAA Championships, which was played at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex’s predecessor golf course.

Coach Anderson and the Wildcats have won three events as a team in 2023-24, which includes a match play title at the Copper Cup with wins over Arizona State and UCLA. The program also earned victories at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Hawai’i and the Arizona Thunderbirds Intercollegiate at Tucson Country Club.

Tiger Christensen and Filip Jakubcik have combined to win three tournaments as individuals with Christensen winning the Arizona Thunderbirds Intercollegiate and the Jackson T. Stephens Cup in Texas while setting a program record with a score of 19-under par over 54 holes. Jakubcik picked up his first collegiate win at the Western Intercollegiate last month, becoming the first Wildcat to win the event in eight attempts.

The Cats last won an NCAA Regional two seasons ago, beating out Pepperdine by five strokes at the NCAA Bryan Regional at Texas A&M University. Format for NCAA Golf Regionals is 54 holes played over three days with the five lowest scoring teams advancing to the NCAA Championships at…


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