Two Local Products Strong Part Of Men's Golf Signing Class
Nov. 20, 2006
The Arizona State men's golf team has announced the signing of two Arizona student-athletes to study and compete at Arizona State beginning in the fall of 2007, 15th-year head coach Randy Lein has announced.
Scott Pinckney (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek High School) and Cameron Edens (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe High School) both signed National Letters of Intent this past week.
'These two local players will be expected to carry on the proud tradition we have at Arizona State,' says Lein, a seven-time winner of Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'Not only are they great local players, but they are among the best in the nation and we are thrilled to have them in our program beginning next fall.'
Edens, from Mountain Pointe High School, has been notching first-place finishes since he was 10 years old as he won the Arizona Junior Golf titles at 10 and Under, 11-12, 13-14 and finished third twice in the 15-18 age bracket. He is one of only four two-time winners of the Big I Junior Classic, joining Tiger Woods, Billy Andrade and David Gossett on the list, as he won the tournament at Purdue in 2005 and at Odessa (Texas) in 2006, including back-to-back rounds of 66. He tied for top honors at the Division I 5A state championship in mid-November of 2006 before losing on the fifth playoff hole. He has set course records at local courses Aguila (8-under 64) and Ken McDonald (10-under 62).
'I have watched Cameron's game develop as he has grown physically. He hits it long and knows how to score low. He has several course records and over 100 tournament wins. He is already an established player and one of the best ever to come out of Arizona. Cameron will be a multiple All-American. ASU is fortunate to have him join our Sun Devil family.'
Pinckney was the runner-up in the Class 5A Division II state championship each of the past two years as he helped lead Anthem Boulder Creek to the state title by 30 strokes a week ago. He finished first in the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier with a 74-66. He won the state sectionals by five strokes with a 66-66. He earned team MVP honors, averaging 34.8 strokes. In 2005 he tied for sixth at the PING Phoenix Junior and tied for ninth at the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout.
'Scott is one of these young players who is a student of the game. He has a passion to play and compete. I know his game will continue to develop here at ASU and it is exciting to speculate just how good we are going to be with Scott and his fellow entering freshmen starting next fall. Scott is a blue chipper and a big asset to our program.'
THE LOCAL ANGLE: Randy Lein has had a good history of local talent in the program, including a U.S. Public Links champion and an Arizona Amateur champion. Here is a quick look at the top Arizona recruits in Randy Lein's tenure.
Pat Moore won the 2005 U.S. Intercollegiate held at Stanford and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors that same year. He earned his B.S. in marketing in May of 2005 after notching four straight top-10 finishes in the spring of his senior year. He was a 2001 graduate of Washington High School in Phoenix.
Jesse Mueller played at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., and earned his B.S. in marketing in May of 2005 and competed in 47 events in four-year career. He became the second youngest player to win the Arizona Amateur when he won the title on July 21, 2001
Chez Reavie of Dobson High School in Mesa was a second-team All-American in 2004 and earned honorable mention in 2001 and 2003. He finished his career with 22 top-10 finishes and a 72.05 stroke average in 43 collegiate events. His best outing was when he won the 2001 U.S. Public Links Champion, becoming the third Sun Devil to win the title, joining Billy Mayfair (1986) and John Jackson, Jr. (1969). He also had two NCAA Championship top-10 finishes as he tied for fourth in 2001 in Raleigh, N.C., and was ninth in Stillwater, Okla., in 2003.
Joey Snyder graduated from Paradise Valley High School and went on to earn honor honorable mention All-American honors in 1996 while playing on Lein's national championship team in his senior season. He graduated with a B.S. in management.