Arizona finishes fifth

By Curtis Acosta

Arizona Daily Wildcat

"I hear you knockin' but you can't come in," was first said by Little Richard, but the top teams in college golf might have been saying it to the Arizona men's golf team this weekend.

Once again, the Wildcats failed to finish ahead of the elite teams in the nation after flirting with a possible win at the Ping American Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C. UA finished tied with Arkansas for fifth place.

The Wildcats had their best start in a tournament since the Ping Arizona Invitational in early February. After Saturday's opening two rounds the team was alone in second, just five strokes back of host North Carolina. After Saturday, the Wildcats were ahead of top-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 3 Georgia Tech, and No. 5 UNLV.

Unfortunately, Sunday's final round was not the finish that the Wildcats wanted, although they finished with one of the highest scores of the day.

The team displayed what Coach Rick LaRose had hoped for, but could not continue that play over all three rounds.

Matt Bergstrom led the Wildcats and finished in 16th place overall.

All of the UA golfers had at least one outstanding round. The tournament is something to build on for the Wildcats, who head to Tempe next weekend to compete in the Thunderbird Invitational.

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