TUCSON, Ariz. – With the help of a third round score of 281 (-2) as a team, New Mexico took the lead from TCU when everyone in the 15-team field had completed the final round of the Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday. The Lobos finished with a score of 844 (-8) for the tournament at The Golf Club at Vistoso.
Individually, there was a tie at the top of the leader board. California's Joel Stalter and Michael Kim finished in a tie for first place by shooting a total score of 204 (-9). Kim came storming back in the final round by firing a score of 65 (-6). The two played a major role for the Golden Bears, who finished in third place as a team.
The host school Arizona finished in fifth place. As a team, the Wildcats shot a final round score of 289 (+5), and a total score of 862 (+10). The Wildcats were led by freshman Dylan Healey, who finished the tournament with an even par score of 213. Trent Redfern and Juan Pablo Hernandez both shot identical scores of 215 (+2).
"I think this was as close to a team effort as you can get," head coach Jim Anderson said. "Our guys went out there and handled business. I knew Trent was going to handle himself like a professional, so I'm not surprised that he scored well. Juan Pablo Hernandez has made some huge strides in his demeanor on the golf course, and I think that saved some shots."
The Arizona Intercollegiate was played at The Golf Club at Vistoso in Tucson, Ariz., a par 71, 6,932-yard course.
The Wildcats will be in action again on Feb. 20 in Kahuku, Haw. at the John Burns Intercollegiate.