Men start Pac-10s

By Staff reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 29, 1996

The Arizona men's golf team will be in Newport Beach, Calif., today for opening round play at the Pacific 10 Conference Championships.

The nation's sixth-ranked player, Arizona senior Ted Purdy, leads No. 8 Wildcats against a field that includes No. 3 Arizona State, No. 11 Southern Cal, No. 18 Stanford and No. 22 Oregon State.

The tournament will feature 36 holes today and a round of 18 tomorrow and Wednesday with the top four scores counting towards the team score.

Purdy, 32nd-ranked Rory Sabbatini, senior Matt Bergstrom, freshman Andy Barnes and junior Gary Matthews will play for UA.

Purdy has four top-15 finishes this year including a victory at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate. Sabbatini has finished in the top-10 four times this year.

Tee off today is set for 8 a.m., with teams starting at the first and 10th holes. Play begins from the first hole at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday. The Wildcats are grouped in threesomes with golfers from Washington and Washington State.