Men's Golf Plays At NCAA Champions June 1-4
May 27, 2005
ASU HEADS EAST FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The Arizona State men's golfteam travels to Owings Mills, Md., for the NCAA Championship June 1-4(Wednesday-Saturday) at the Caves Valley Golf Club (par-70/7,129yards). The 30 schools and six individuals will play 18 holes each ofthe four days. Live scoring of the tournament will be available atwww.golfstat.com. ASU will tee with Georgia State and Kentucky at1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. in Arizona) on Wednesday and at 8:30 a.m.(5:30 a.m. in Arizona) in the second round on Thursday. The GolfChannel will televise the final three rounds June 2-4 from 3-5 p.m.EST (Noon-3 p.m. in Arizona). ASU is ranked 10th in the lastest GCAApoll.
The Sun Devils have won two NCAA titles, in 1990 underthen-head coach and 2002 ASU Hall of Fame inductee Steve Loy and in1996 under current head coach Randy Lein. In the past 12 years (sinceLein took over the ASU duties) ten different team champions have beencrowned and ASU is the only school to have two individual championsin that time (Alejandro Canizares in 2003 and Todd Demsey in 1993).ASU also has finished in the top six eight times in those 12 yearsand has qualified for the NCAA Championships in 21 of the past 22seasons, missing only in 2002.
ASU MEN'S GOLF NCAA Lineup(Tourn.-Rds.-Avg.)
Pat Moore6-1/Sr./Phoenix, Ariz.12-36-71.75B.S. Marketing (May, 2005)3.03 GPA*U.S. IntercollegiateMedalist (April 16-17)*Four straight top-10 finishes*Three straighttop-five finishes
Alejandro Canizares5-10/Jr./Manilva, Spain13-39-71.643.91 GPA*Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, Arizona/PING and Puerto Rico Classic Medalist*Six Career Individual Titles*Selected to third European Palmer Cup team
Niklas Lemke6-1/So./Linkoping, Sweden12-36-73.693.34 GPA
Jesse Mueller5-8/Sr./Mesa, Ariz.12-36-72.39B.S. Marketing (May, 2005)3.20 GPA
Charly Simon6-3/Jr./Marbella, Spain8-24-73.383.18 GPA
GETTING MOORE: Senior Pat Moore won the U.S. Intercollegiate held atStanford Golf Course April 16-17 with a 2-under 208 (71-70-67) andhas finished in the top-10 in the past four tournaments. He alsofinished sixth at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational April 8-9 with a1-over 214 (68-74-72), was third at the Pac-10 Championships April25-27 in Walla Walla, Wash., with a 5-under 279 (67-67-69-76) and wasfifth at the NCAA West Regionals May 19-21 at Stanford with a 1-under209 (69-69-71). The senior from Washington High School in Phoenixearned first-team All-Pac honors this year and has earned Pac-10All-Academic honors the past three seasons. He has played in 29collegiate events. He has a 71.75 stroke average this year in 12events. Moore's four straight top-10 finishes is the best since ChezReavie (2001 USGA Public Links champion) posted four straight top-10finishes in the spring of 2003. Jeff Quinney (2000 U.S. Amateurchampion) also matched the feat in the spring of 2001. Matt Jonesposted five straight top-five finishes in the spring of 2001 en routeto first-team All-America honors.
ALREADY A NCAA CHAMPION: Alejandro Canizares became just the sixthfreshman in NCAA history to win the individual title with his 1-under287 in 2003 at the Karsten Creek Course in Stillwater, Okla.Canizares came back from six strokes on the final day to win theevent over three-day leader Lee Williams of Auburn and shot a77-70-71-69. It marked the toughest course on the players in 20years, as his 287 total was the highest by a champion since anotherSun Devil, Jim Carter, won the 1983 title with a 287 as well.
FAST FACT: ASU is the only school to win both the men's and women'sgolf championships in the same season, at it won both in 1990.
UNDER LEIN: ASU has finished first (1996), fourth (1995), fifth (1998and 1999), tied for fifth (1997), sixth (1993, 2001 and 2003), tiedfor ninth (1994), tied for 21st (2004) and tied for 25th (2001) under13th-year coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.
NCAA CHAMPIONS FROM ASU AND PAC-10: ASU has had four NCAA medalistson six occasions: Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990,1992), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Canizares (2003). OtherPac-10 individual winners include: Frank Tatum Jr. of Stanford(1942), Scott Simpson of USC (1976 and 1977), Ron Commans of USC(1981) and Tiger Woods of Stanford (1996).
CHAMPS FROM THE PAC-10: ASU (1996) and Cal (2004) are the only Pac-10teams to win the NCAA championship in the past 10 years. Other Pac-10teams to win the NCAA Men's Golf Championship are: Stanford (1938,1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953 and 1994), UCLA (1988) and Arizona(1992).
ALEJANDRO NOTES: Junior Alejandro Canizares earned 2005 Pac-10 Playerof the Year honors, joining an impressive list of Sun Devils who havewon the honor including Scott Watkins (1979 co-player of the year),Dan Forsman (1981 co-player of the year), Billy Mayfair (1987),three-time NCAA champion Phil Mickelson (1990, 1991 and 1992), 1993NCAA Champion Todd Demsey (1994), three-time Pac-10 champion PaulCasey (2000) and 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (2001co-player of the year). Canizares has won three tournaments in2004-2005, with victories at the Big/Ten Pac-10 Challenge at BandonDunes, Ore., on Oct. 25-26, the Arizona/Ping Intercollegiate Jan.31-Feb. 1 in Tucson and the Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 27-March 1. Hehas a 71.64 stroke average in 13 events this year with five top-10finishes. He also earned first-team All-Pac-10 for the secondstraight year after earning second-team honors and co-Freshman of theYear in 2002-2003. The native of Spain also gets it done in theclassroom, as he has a 3.91 grade point average through the springsemester of 2005.
Alejandro Canizares Career StatisticsYear App Top 10 Rds. Avg. Low2004-05 13 5 39 71.64 652003-04 14 8 42 71.38 652002-03 8 3 26 71.65 68Career 35 16 107 71.54 65
BOOK SMARTS: All six of the Sun Devils who competed in the Pac-10Championships have at least a 3.0 grade point average. AlejandroCanizares leads the team with a 3.91 with all his spring of 2005grades already posted.
IMPRESSIVE: Randy Lein has recruited a NCAA champion (AlejandroCanizares), a U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney), a U.S. PublicLinks champion (Chez Reavie), an Arizona Amateur champion (JesseMueller) and a British Amateur champion (Paul Casey) to ASU.
ON THE ASU CHARTS: Alejandro Canizares has already captured sixtournament championships in his 35-tournament career. Canizares wonthe 2003 National Invitational in Tucson, the 2003 NCAA Championshipin Stillwater, Okla., the 2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, the 2005Big/Ten Pac-10 Challenge at Bandon Dunes, Ore., the 2005 Arizona/PingIntercollegiate in Tucson and the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic. A look at
Canizares on the ASU career wins list:Rk. Name (Years) Wins1. Phil Mickelson (1989-92) 162. Billy Mayfair (1985-88) 83t. Alejandro Canizares (2002-present) 63t. Paul Casey (1997-2000) 63t. Charlie Gibson (1972-75) 66. Todd Demsey (1991-95) 57t. Howard Twitty (1970-72) 47t. Scott Watkins (1978-79) 47t. Dan Croonquist (1976-79) 410t. Jeff Quinney (1997-2001) 310t. Jim Carter (1981-84) 310t. Mark Mattingly (1977-78) 3
RECENT INDIVIDUAL FINISHES: A look at top-10 Sun Devil individualfinishes at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships dating to Jim Carter's1983 NCAA Championship:
Player (Year) Place Year SiteAlejandro Canizares (Fr.) 1st 2003 Stillwater, Okla.Todd Demsey (So.) 1st 1993 Lexington, Ky.Phil Mickelson (Sr.) 1st 1992 Albuquerque, N.M.Phil Mickelson (So.) 1st 1990 Tarpon Springs, Fla.Phil Mickelson (Fr.) 1st 1989 Edmond, Okla.Jim Carter (Jr.) 1st 1983 Fresno, Calif.Darren Angel (Fr.) T3rd 1996 Chattanooga, Tenn.Chez Reavie (Fr.) T4th 2001 Durham, N.C.Phil Mickelson (Jr.) T4th 1991 Pebble Beach, Calif.Paul Casey (So.) 4th 1999 Chaska, Minn.Joey Snyder (Jr.) T5th 1995 Columbus, OhioDarren Angel (Jr.) T7th 1998 Albuquerque, N.M.Todd Demsey (Jr.) T7th 1994 Dallas, TexasScott Johnson (So.) T8th 1995 Columbus, OhioChez Reavie (Jr.) 9th 2003 Stillwater, Okla.Billy Mayfair (Sr.) T9th 1988 Westlake Village, Calif.Scott Johnson (Sr.) T10th 1997 Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell (Sr.) T10th 1997 Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell (Fr.) T10th 1994 Dallas, Texas
PAC-10 HONORS: Junior Alejandro Canizares and senior Pat Moore earnedfirst-team All-Pac-10 honors this year, with Canizares taking homePlayer of the Year in voting done after the Pac-10 Championships inlate April. Senior Jesse Mueller earned second-team honors whilesophomore Niklas Lemke was an honorable mention selection.
ASU'S BEST: Alejandro Canizares is looking to bump himself out of theASU top-10 single-season stroke average list. After 13 tournamentsthis year, Canizares has a 71.64 stroke average, just .01 better thanhis freshman year mark when he posted a 71.65 mark in eight events.His 71.38 stroke average last year is seventh-best in ASU history.
ASU MEN'S GOLF SCORING AVERAGES (1987-2005)Rk. Name, Events Year Stroke Average1. Paul Casey, 10 1999-2000 69.872. Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 69.953. Phil Mickelson, 11 1990-91 70.084. Billy Mayfair, 13 1986-87 70.595. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 70.826. Chez Reavie, 14 2003-04 71.057. Alejandro Canizares, 14 2003-04 71.388. Chris Hanell, 13 1996-97 71.449. Matt Jones, 12 2000-01 71.4610. Alejandro Canizares, 13 2004-05 71.6411. Alejandro Canizares, 8 2002-03 71.65
Randy Lein: Randy Lein has coached 60 tournament victories in his 22seasons, tutored 48 All-Americans and added the top accolade incollegiate golf in 1995-96 - the NCAA title - to his collection asthe Sun Devils won the title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with athree-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. In his 13thseason as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 37 tournament victories(including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, fourNCAA West Regional wins (three of the past six) and eight top-10finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein hastutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares and 12All-Americans (27 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), PaulCasey (3), Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson(2), Darren Angel (2), Jeff Quinney (3), Matt Jones (2), Chez Reavie(3) and Alejandro Canizares (2). He has won Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Yearfive times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) while at ASU and twiceat USC (1980 and 1986). Lein (pronounced 'Line') is a 1975 graduateof Cal State Northridge.
IN THE TOP 10: Lein's nine top-10 NCAA finishes in his 12 years istied with Clemson for the most in that span. In that time, there havebeen 10 different NCAA team champions, while ASU is the only schoolto have two NCAA medalists in his 12 years. ASU also has finished inthe top six eight times under Randy Lein in 12 years.
NCAA CHAMPIONS IN THE PAST 12 YEARS(1993-2004/RANDY LEIN AT ASU)Team (NCAA Titles) TOP 10 TOP 5Arizona State (1996) 9 5Clemson (2003) 9 5Oklahoma State (1995, 2000) 8 7Florida (1993, 2001) 6 3UNLV (1998) 6 2Stanford (1994) 3 3Pepperdine (1997) 3 1Georgia (1999) 2 2California (2004) 2 1Minnesota (2002) 1 1
NCAA CHAMPIONS AS FRESHMAN2003-Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State1998-James McLean, Minnesota1989-Phil Mickelson, Arizona State1982-Billy Ray Brown, Houston1974-Curtis Strange, Wake Forest1971-Ben Crenshaw, Texas
NCAA CHAMPIONS: A look at the schools that have produced the mostNCAA men's golf individual champions and the year the most recentchampion took home the title:
School NCAA Ind. Champs Last Champion YearYale 13 Tom Aycock 1929Harvard 8 J.W. Hubbell 1916Houston 8 Billy Ray Brown 1982Oklahoma State 7 Charles Howell 2000Princeton 7 G.T. Dunlap 1931Arizona State 6 Alejandro Canizares 2003Texas 6 Justin Leonard 1994
REGIONAL STREAK: According to the NCAA Records Book, ASU is one ofjust six schools that has competed in the NCAA Regionals all 17 yearsit has existed. ASU is joined by Arizona, Clemson, UNLV, NorthCarolina and Oklahoma State. NCAA Regional play began in 1989 and ASUhas finished outside the top five just twice, when it tied for sixthin 2000 and when it finished 20th in 2002.