Men's Golf Finishes Sixth, Reavie Fourth at NCAA Championships
June 2, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. - Led by freshman Chez Reavie's fourth-place individual effort, the Arizona State men's golf team finished sixth at 2001 NCAA Championships held May 30-June 2 at the par 72, 7,086-yard Duke University Golf Course.
The Sun Devils turned in a one-under par 287 in Saturday's final round to climb two more spots and finish sixth with a four-day total of 10-over par 1162. ASU started Saturday morning by finishing the third round, which had been suspended Friday afternoon due to heavy rain and lightning, with a one-over 289 and then ended the tournament strong to move up to sixth. The Sun Devils were tied for 19th after the first round and climbed 13 places over the next three rounds to finish sixth.
Florida overtook Arizona to win the NCAA team championship, shooting a 13-under par 275 in the final round to finish at 26-under 1126. The Gators opened the tournament with an eight-over 296 in the first round but shot 34-under par in the final three rounds to win their second national title. Clemson (1144) finished second, while Arizona (1145) slipped to third with a six-over 294 in the final round. Georgia Tech (1148) and Georgia (1152) rounded out the top five, followed by ASU (1162), Augusta State (1164), Virginia Tech (1165), East Tennessee State (1167) and Wake Forest (1168).
'I was very pleased with the play of Chez Reavie,' Arizona State head coach Randy Lein said. 'As a true freshman, Chez played solid for us all spring and the way he finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships was commendable. Unfortunately, our team came in here to win a championship, but we didn't play as well as we possibly could. You can't usually spot a team 10 strokes like we did in the first round and expect to win. We weren't on top of our games the way I thought we should be.
'The positive note for us was the play of Chez as a freshman. He will have three more years to contribute as a Sun Devil. As seniors, Jeff Quinney and Jin Park would have liked to end their careers on a more positive note, but they are two of the best Sun Devils I have ever coached and two of the best Sun Devils ever in the great tradition of Arizona State golf.'
For Arizona State, Reavie turned in the best individual performance, finishing his first NCAA Championships at seven-under par 281 and in a tie for fourth place with Georgia Tech's Kris Mikkelsen. Reavie had slipped to four-under par after carding a 74 in the third round but moved into the top five with a three-under 69 in the final round which included an eagle on his last hole, par 5, 491-yard No. 9.
'It feels great,' Reavie said. 'I was just trying to not think about what I had shot this morning and finish strong and it turned out very well. I was just trying to play my game. I played really strong and putted well all week. I did something different well each day, and I am very happy.'
In addition to Reavie, ASU junior Matt Jones cracked the top 25, finishing in a tie for 22nd with a four-day total of 288 including a five-under 67 in the third round and a one-under 71 in the final round. Senior Jin Park tied for 39 at 294, senior Jeff Quinney finished in a tie for 71st at 302, while junior Brian Nosler tied for 77th at 304.
2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships Results - Final ResultsTeam Standings: 1. Florida 296-278-277-275=1126 (-26), 2. Clemson 294-289-279-282=1144 (-8), 3. Arizona 280-289-282-294=1145 (-7), 4. Georgia Tech 289-292-282-285=1148 (-4), 5. Georgia 296-284-286-286=1152 (E), 6. Arizona State 298-288-289-287=1162 (+10), 7. Augusta State 292-288-285-299=1164 (+12), 8. Virginia Tech 294-291-285-295=1165 (+13), 9. East Tennessee State 293-289-292-293=1167 (+15), 10. Wake Forest 294-282-297-295=1168 (+16), 11. Pacific 299-291-295-292=1177 (+25), T12. Oklahoma 294-291-297-297=1179 (+27), Alabama-Birmingham 297-289-300-293=1179 (+27), Oregon State 295-295-293-296=1179 (+27), 15. Southern Methodist 298-289-299-304=1190 (+38)