Men's Golf News--Jones Going Pro, Squad Invited To 2001 Preview
June 15, 2001
MEN'S SQUAD TO COMPETE IN PREVIEW: The Arizona State men, who finished fifth in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and sixth at the NCAA Championships, will compete in the 2001 Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament Sept. 28-30 (Friday -Sunday) at the Ohio State Scarlet course in Columbus, Ohio.
Also in the field are the other nine teams that comprised the final top 10 in this season's rankings -- Georgia (1), Georgia Tech (2), Clemson (3), national champion Florida (4), Arizona (6), Texas (7), Wake Forest (8), East Tennessee State (9) and Augusta State (10).
Earning invitations via their finish at this year's NCAA Championship were Virginia Tech, Pacific (Calif.) and Oklahoma. Rounding out the 15-team field are Oklahoma State and host team Ohio State.
The 13th edition of the Preview, which is held each fall at the site of the following spring's men's NCAA Division I Men's Championship, will consist of 18 holes of competition each day with a practice round scheduled for Sept. 27.
Georgia is the defending champion, winning the rain-shortened (36 holes) 2000 Preview at Duke by four strokes over Brigham Young. Medalist at the tournament was Georgia Tech senior Bryce Molder, who went on to earn first-team All-America and player of the year honors.
Other past Preview winners include Oklahoma State (1989 and 1998), UNLV (1993, `96, 97), Arizona State (1991 and 1992), Clemson (1990), Stanford (1994) and Northwestern (1999). Arizona State also won in 1995, but it was the Ping/Golfweek Invitational as it was not played at the NCAA Championship site.
UNLV is the only team to win the Preview (fall 1997) and the NCAA (spring 1998) in the same season, accomplishing the feat at the University of New Mexico's Championship course in Albuquerque.
JONES GOING PRO: Junior Matt Jones has announced he is turning pro. Jones, a native of Sydney, Australia, finished last season with a 71.46 stroke average and posted seven top-10 and six top-five finishes in 12 appearances. He shared medalist honors at the NCAA West Regional in Corvallis (May 17-19) after shooting an 8-under 208 (70-65-73) and finished the year strong by shooting 32-under in his final six events (20 rounds). Jones finished his career with 13 top-10 finishes in 32 appearances and a 72.12 stroke average.
DEVILS FARE WELL AT SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR: Chez Reavie continued his solid play at the Southwestrn Amateur June 5-8 at SunRidge Canyon Golf Course. Reavie, coming off a tie for fourth at the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 at Duke, shot a 1-under 283 (69-71-72-71) to finish second, five strokes back of medalist John R. Davis. Brady Stockton, who will be a junior next year, finished tied for sixth with a 2-over 286, including a 69 in the final round.
ON THE PGA MONEY LIST: Heading into this week's U.S. Open, here is where Sun Devils stood on various money lists:
2. Phil Mickelson (15 events) $2,886, 552
16. Billy Mayfair (16 events) $1,168,333
95. Per-Ulrik Johansson (16 events) $289, 421
114. Jim Carter (16 events) $228,115
133. Dan Forsman (11 events) $173,309
214. Tom Purtzer (11 events) $14,120
101. Chris Hanell 83,534
123. Paul Casey 63,992
134. Per-Ulrik Johansson 53,259
8. Bob Gilder (14 events) $726,682
38. Howard Twitty (13 events) $241,779
13. Pat Perez (10 events) $85,173