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Arizona men’s golf soars past ASU to win Pac-12 Championships, clinch Territorial Cup Series

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Arizona men’s golf rallied past rival Arizona State to win the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday afternoon and in the process clinched the school its third Territorial Cup Series win in the last four years.

The Wildcats led ASU by four strokes entering the tournament’s final round, and although the Sun Devils made an early run at the lead, Arizona ultimately won by the same four-stroke margin.

The UA shot 41-under-par across four rounds compared to ASU’s 37-under-par. Redshirt senior David Laskin was Arizona’s top finisher Wednesday, shooting a six-under including an eagle on the 18th hole.

Senior Brad Reeves won the tournament’s individual event in a two-hole playoff with Stanford’s Henry Shimp. Reeves shot 16-under-par across four rounds.

The Pac-12 title is a major-breakthrough for head coach Jim Anderson, who took over the program in the summer of 2012. Anderson has led the Wildcats to two, soon-to-be three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.

The Wildcats’ last Pac-12 (Pac-10) title came in 2004. The school also won conference championships in 1991 and 1987.

Arizona will find out its Regional and seed selection on May 5 at 11:00 a.m. MST. The top five teams from each Regional will compete at the Men’s NCAA Championships, held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

Earlier Wednesday, the women’s golf team was named the No. 6 seed at the Stanford Regional. The top six teams in each Regional advance to the Women’s NCAA Championships, which is also being played at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Arizona men’s golf’s win at the Pac-12 Championships also gives UA athletics bragging rights over ASU for another year. Arizona now leads the Territorial Cup Series standings 10.0-7.0 with only men’s and women’s track and field remaining.

The UA has now won the Territorial Cup Series in 2017-18, 19-20 and 20-21 after previously not winning it since 2011-12.