Men's Golf Ends Season Ranked Sixth In Golfstat Poll

June 12, 2006

The Arizona State men's golf team was ranked sixth by Golfstat, seventh by Golfweek and 11th by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in the final 2005-06 rankings.

Senior Alejandro Canizares was 11th in the final Golfweek rankings. He earned first-team honors, junior Niklas Lemke (No. 22) earned third-team and freshman Benjamin Alvarado Holley (No. 38) was an honorable mention selection by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Canizares, who finished tied for sixth at the 2006 NCAA Championships, finished his career with a 71.46 stroke average in 49 events. He won six career tournaments, including the 2003 NCAA title, and had 22 top-10 finishes. This past season he posted a 71.22 stroke average, seventh-best in ASU history, and had five top-five appearances.

He ended tied for third on the ASU career wins list with six, behind Phil Mickelson (16) and Billy Mayfair (8) and tied with Paul Casey and Charlie Gibson.

Canizares, who earned first-team honors in 2003 and third-team honors in 2004 and 2005, is just the fourth Sun Devil to earn All-America honors all four years, joining Todd Demsey (1992-95), Phil Mickelson (1989-92) and Billy Mayfair (1985-88).

Lemke earned his second All-America honor after notching honorable mention in 2005. He posted a 71.68 stroke average this year in 13 events including five top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes. He has a 72.70 stroke average 36 career events through three seasons. He was 18-under par in his final five tournaments.

Alvarado Holley had a 72.50 stroke average, the fifth-best freshman season in ASU history. He posted one top-10 finish as he tied for seventh at the Southern Highlands Championship in Las Vegas (March 10-12). He played in 10 tournaments on the year, fourth-most on the team.

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