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    Men’s golf trying to make final run

    Over the next weekend, the booming casinos and late-night clubs will have to take a halt for the Arizona men’s golf team as it heads to the Southern Highlands Collegiate Tournament in Las Vegas.

    As the Wildcats enter in the final stretch of the season, with just four tournaments remaining before the Pacific 10 Conference championships, they will need to be on top of their game, as they barely hang on to a playoff berth. With the new .500 rule instated this season that says a team must have a winning percentage above .500 to be playoff eligible, the Wildcats are going to need a solid showing as they currently sit at .512.

    “”If you can’t play with the best, you shouldn’t be out there,”” senior Creighton Honeck said.

    The Wildcats have shown they want to play their best by giving freshman Jonathan Khan the start, replacing junior Nick Park after a disappointing previous tournament. The move comes at a time when the Wildcats have to realize they are only as strong as their weakest link.

    “”You can have every player shooting well, but if one guy doesn’t perform out there, you’re not going to finish well as a team,”” said assistant coach John Knauer.

    Other than the slight tweak in the lineup, the Wildcats will send out their other normal starting four in Honeck, freshmen Tarquin MacManus, Roberto Galleti and junior Tyler Neal. The lineup poses a lot of questions about player development and if this is really the best time for the Wildcats to be making such a change.

    “”Some coaches want to call their season a wash-out, but we don’t do that,”” said Honeck. “”When we play every weekend, we need to have the best guys in there at that time.””

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