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    Men’s golf finishes 6th at Pac-10s

    The Arizona men’s golf team finished sixth in the Pacific 10 Championships in Eugene, Ore., which concluded yesterday.

    The No. 22 Wildcats finished 17 strokes over-par, 68 strokes behind winner USC.

    The No. 6 Trojans shot a 51-under 1389, just five shots over the Pac-10 record set by ASU in 2000. No. 7 UCLA shot a 15-under 1425.

    “”We weren’t happy with the way we finished, but we weren’t going to win,”” UA head coach Rick LaRose said. “”(USC players) played out of their mind. This was their week.””

    Trojan freshman Jamie Lovemark, the No. 5 player in the nation, led all players with a 19-under 269 finish, four strokes more than the Pac-10 record of 265, set by ASU’s Paul Casey in 1999.

    Arizona senior Josh Wilks led the Wildcats in the fourth round yesterday with a 3-under 69 finish on the day, and finished 3-over for the tournament.

    Senior Nathan Tyler was the only one on the squad to finish under-par (3-under). He finished tied for ninth after he shot a 3-over yesterday.

    Seniors Brian Prouty (1-over), Josh Esler (2-over) and freshman Pedro Oriol (2-over) rounded out the scoring in the “”six play, count five”” tournament.

    “”We played solid enough,”” LaRose said, “”but we just didn’t have anyone shoot low enough to pull the entire team along like USC did. We had five guys that played just OK.””

    Although Prouty had two eagles in the final round, he also carded a double bogey, one of nine from the Wildcats in the tournament. Oriol also shot a triple bogey on the 11th hole in the first round.

    LaRose said the double bogeys were due to poor putting.

    “”I’m kind of disappointed with the finish, but life goes on,”” he said.

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