Men's Golf Plays At Bandon Dunes In Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Oct. 25-26

Oct. 23, 2004

The Arizona State men's golf team will travel to Bandon Dunes as the resort hosts the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Monday and Tuesday in the Pacific Coast town of Bandon, Ore. It will mark the first time a collegiate tournament has been played at the resort, ranked as one of the nation's top public courses.

It will mark the third and final fall tournament for the Sun Devils, who are currently ranked ninth by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

ASU's lineup will be 2003 NCAA champion Alejandro Canizares, senior Jesse Mueller, sophomore Niklas Lemke, senior Pat Moore and senior Kendall Critchfield.

Seven teams from both the Pac-10 and Big Ten comprise an impressive field, which boasts defending NCAA champion California, 2002 NCAA champ Minnesota and 2004 Pac-10 champion Arizona.

Five of the 14 teams are currently ranked among the top 25 in the most recent Golfweek poll. Representing the Pac-10 will be Arizona, No. 17 Arizona State, California, Oregon, No. 19 UCLA, No. 10 USC and Washington. The Big Ten will be represented by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and No. 21 Purdue.

Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday on the par-72, 6,980-yard Bandon Dunes course. Pairings will be determined by a blind draw Saturday night, and the groups of three will consist of either two Pac-10 teams and one Big Ten, or two from the Big Ten and one Pac-10. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Monday. For Tuesday's final round, which will also start at 8 a.m., teams will be assigned tee times according to score off either the first or 10th hole. The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.

In addition to the normal tournament scoring, in which teams play five golfers and count the low four scores, the conference challenge winner will be determined by counting a league's best six team scores from each round.

The Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge was the idea of KemperSports Management of Northbrook, Ill., Northwestern golf coach Pat Goss and Nosler. KemperSports manages the Bandon property and owns the Glen Club, in Glenview, Ill., which is where the 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be played.

The event will return to Bandon in 2006, but will be played on the Pacific Dunes course. In 2007, the event will also be at Bandon and is tentatively scheduled to be contested on the under-construction Pacific Trail course. The tournament will return to the Glen Club in 2008.

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