Brad Reeves of Arizona, a senior from Woodbridge, Calif., beat Henry Shimp of Stanford with a birdie on the second playoff hole to claim the individual title and led the Wildcats victory in the Pacific 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championships at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa.
The Wildcats claimed their first conference title since 2004 and their third victory of the season with a score of 344-352-355-348—1349, 41-under par, while Arizona State was second at 346-349-360-347—1403, followed by Stanford at 358-357-354-336—1405, Washington at 360-361-353-345—1419, and Oregon at 355-350-358-359—1422.
“We’ve been able to share a couple of moments of celebration already as a team, and now we are just grinning from ear to ear,” Arizona Coach Jim Anderson said. “It’s such a special feeling to see Brad work so hard over his career to reach this pinnacle and for him to become a champion is an accomplishment we are all so proud of.
“For our team, led by this amazing group of seniors, to win a Pac-12 Championship is something we will look back of as a paramount moment for our entire program and in all of our careers.”
Oregon State was sixth at 357-363-344-364—1428, followed by California at 359-371-351-353—1434, USC at 356-364-360-367—1447, while Utah totaled 363-373-359-356—1451 to tie for ninth with Colorado, which wound up at 367-370-362-352—1451, and UCLA was 12th at 368-368-381-355—1472.
Reeves finished at 66-71-67-68—272, 16-under, while Shimp finished at 71-69-68-64—272, and Yuki Moriyama of Oregon was third at 65-69-70-69—273.
Shimp, a Stanford senior from Charlotte, N.C., carded seven birdies and an eagle on the 18th hole in the final round, but Reeves caught him with a birdie on his final hole before winning in the playoff.
“It’s really a great feeling,” said Reeves, who earned his second college victory. “Obviously when you begin the year, this is one of your goals to be able to win at Pac-12’s as a team. But to win individually as well is an amazing feeling to accomplish a personal goal as well. To be able to do that while winning a team championship is something pretty special.”
Reeves is the first Wildcat to win the conference title since Creighton Honeck in 2008.
Chun An Yu of Arizona State shot 69-69-69-69—276 to tie for fourth with Ryggs Johnston of Arizona State, who finished at 67-66-71-72—276, while Jan Schneider of Washington was sixth at 70-70-68-70—278, followed by Aaron Du of Cal at 69-73-66-71—279.
Chuan-Tai Lin of Washington totaled 73-71-70-67—281 to tie for eighth with David Puig of Arizona State, who wound up at 68-69-75-69—281, Mitchell Schow of Utah, who shot 72-71-68-70—281, Trevor Werbylo of Arizona, who finished at 69-69-72-71—281, and Shawn Lu of Oregon State, who came in at 69-74-66-72—281.
Shane Ffrench of USC led USC with a score of 70-73-70-71—284 and finished in a tie for 20th that included his Trojan teammate Leon D’Souza, who wound up at 69-72-69-74—284, while Eddy Lai of UCLA tied for 22nd at 73-68-72-72—285.
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