Cunningham Ties for Second as Wildcats Wrap Up NIT

Cunningham Ties for Second as Wildcats Wrap Up NIT

. - The Arizona men's golf team finished the 2015 National Invitational Tournament today with a score of 27 over par, putting them in 12th place for the competition. Freshman George Cunningham led the team on Monday, posting one under par with two birdies on the front nine. This allowed him to capture a share of second place overall at four under.

"I feel really good about how my week went," Cunningham reflected, "but I'm also disappointed that I didn't win. I played well though all three days especially considering that the weather was so bad. But all in all, I'm happy with how the tournament finished."

Senior Alex McMahon carded 79 (+7) today, putting his total at six over par and earning him a tie for 35th. Freshman Jake Kreuz carded 76 (+4), putting his final score at 11 over par and netting him a share of 53rd. Senior Brenden Redfern finished in a tie for 71st at 17 over par and sophomore Ricky Lee tied for 76th at 20 over par.

"We really struggled today as a team," refelcted head men's golf coach Jim Anderson. "The wind and playing conditions made it particularly challenging and we knew we would be tested today. We need to do a better job facing adversity as a team too. We lack confidence right now and we know there are some great players on this team. As coaches, we need to find a better way to tap into that and see improvement. George played solid again this week and he keeps knocking on the door giving himself opportunities to win. We have just one week to prepare for our next event so it is a good opportunity to regroup and focus on what we need to."

The Wildcats participating in the individual competition performed well, with freshman Peter Koo finishing with a 74(+2) and an overall score of six over par. Freshman Max Donohue carded 79 (+7) and an overall score of nine over par. Junior Kolton Lapa closed out the tournament with a 77 (+5) and an overall score of 10 over par.

Next up, the Wildcats will travel to California on March 9-10 for the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic.