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    Prouty wins Ping title

    UA men’s golfer Brian Prouty shot a three round total of 199 (14-under-par) to win the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate Tournament at Arizona National Golf Course this week.

    Anchored by his school record 62 in the first round, Prouty coasted to a four shot victory over Charlie Beljan from the University of New Mexico. The 62 tied a school record for aggregate total and low round in relation to par and also marked Prouty’s personal low round.

    The Wildcats finished third overall in the team competition with a score of 840 (12-under-par), 11 shots behind champion University of Nevada at Las Vegas. It was Arizona’s second consecutive third place finish after finishing behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 5 USC at the CordeValle Collegiate Tournament in November.

    Prouty shot a 70 (1-under-par) in his final round in his first tournament in almost 5 months after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left wrist.

    “”I thought I would play well and I figured I could play under par,”” Prouty said.

    “”But I didn’t expect to come out and shoot 62 in the first round and storm the field the way I did at the beginning.””

    When asked about his expectations coming into his first tournament of the year, Prouty said, he “”didn’t expect a whole lot.””

    “”I knew I was hitting the ball well and I felt good about my game but to come out and win in my first tournament back was kind of a big surprise.””

    Senior Nathan Tyler shot 4-under-par to finish tied for 16th, senior Josh Esler shot even-par, junior Travis Esway shot a 6-over-par, and sophomore Ben Fox shot a 35- over, but his score didn’t count because only the top four finishers for each team counted for team results.

    Senior Ben Marsh fired three straight rounds of 69 to finish in a tie for 11th place at 6- under- par but played as an individual and junior Creighton Honeck went 5- under- par for the tournament to finish tied for 13th, but played on the junior varsity team.

    “”We had pretty good scores today but we had to end up counting a score that was 5 or 6 over and that really hurts you when you’re in this kind of competition,”” UA head coach Rick LaRose said. “”It wasn’t our best effort but we had a lot of guys who played on our (junior varsity) team who played really well. If coach had played the right guys we would have been ok.””

    The Wildcats don’t play again until the John Burns Intercollegiate Tournament in Wahiawa, Hawaii from February 21-23.

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