Men's Golf Moves Up Eight Spots After Second Round at NCAA Championships

May 31, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. - True freshman Chez Reavie shot a career-best, five-under par 67 Thursday to help the Arizona State men's golf team climb eight spots into a tie for 11th after the second round at the 2001 NCAA Championships being held May 30-June 2 at par 72, 7,086-yard Duke University Golf Course.

After a 10-over 298 in the first round, the Sun Devils carded an even par 288 Thursday to move into a tie for 11th place with Alabama-Birmingham and make the 15-team cut. ASU jumped out to a quick start on the day, going to four-under par after three holes and turning in a total of 21 birdies on the day including seven by Reavie.

With a two-day total of 586, Arizona State stands just 17 strokes off the lead and just six strokes out of second place. Arizona leads the NCAA Championships after two days of competition with a two-day total of 569, while Florida (574), Wake Forest (282), Augusta State (580) and Georgia (580) round out the top five. Georgia Tech, East Tennessee State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, ASU, Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Methodist also advanced to the final two rounds in addition to Oregon State and Pacific which qualified following a sudden-death team playoff after tying for 14th with the College of Charleston at 590 after 36 holes.

'I told my team that we couldn't really do any worse after yesterday. What helped us so much today is that Jeff Quinney started out with two birdies and Chez Reavie had birdies on two of his first three holes, so when we looked at the scoreboard after the first three holes, we were four-under' Arizona State head coach Randy Lein said. 'It gets everyone pumped up. Yesterday we started out poorly and never recovered.'

With a two-day total of six-under par 148, Reavie moved up eight places and is tied for second place with three other players, just five strokes off the lead of Arizona's Ricky Barnes (143). Reavie's five-under 67 on Thursday is the best round of his young career, bettering the four-under par 67 he carded in the first round of the 2001 Pac-10 Championships in Stanford in April.

Senior Jin Park shot a three-over 75 for a two-day total of 149 and a tie for 61st (74-75), senior Jeff Quinney (74-75)and junior Matt Jones (77-73) are tied for 81st at 150 and freshman Brian Nosler is tied for 122nd with two-day total of 153 (79-74).

'I was not surprised (at Chez playing so well), not based on the spring,' Lein said. 'I weigh my players more heavily on talent than experience. Chez is a true freshman but proving that doesn't mean a lot. He's aggressive and he attacks. He loves the game and just plays his game. We're seeing what a difference putting makes.'

'I'm not really surprised. I'm just playing and not thinking about it being the national championships,' Reavie said. 'I'm just playing my game, and the ball's going in the hole right now. I hit the ball a lot better today. I hit more greens today.'

Arizona State will tee off at 8:24 a.m. Eastern Time (5:24 a.m. Arizona Time) from hole No. 10 in Friday's third round, while tee times for Saturday's final round will be determined by results. For complete results and live coverage, log onto Duke's University's official website at www.GoDuke.com.

2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships Results - Second RoundTeam Standings: 1. Arizona 280-289=569, 2. Florida 296-278=574, 3. Wake Forest 294-282=576, T4. Augusta State 292-288=580, Georgia 296-284=580, 6. Georgia Tech 289-292=581, 7. East Tennessee State 293-289=582, 8. Clemson 294-289=583, T9. Oklahoma 294-291=585, Virginia Tech 294-291=585, T11. Arizona State 298-288=586, Alabama-Birmingham 297-289=586, 13. Southern Methodist 298-289=587, T14. Oregon State 295-295=590*, College of Charleston 295-296=590, Pacific 299-291=590*, 17. UCLA 299-292=591, T18. Mississippi 296-296=592, Toledo 292-300=592, T20. Stanford 297-296=593, South Carolina 295-298=593, Minnesota 296-297=593, Houston 304-289=593, T24. Oklahoma State 300-294=594, Georgia Southern 302-292=594, 26. Washington 301-297=598, 27. North Carolina State 298-301=599, 28. Purdue 310-292=602, 29. UC Irvine 306-306=612, 30. Kent State 310-310=620

* advanced to the final two rounds after a team playoff.

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