Men's Golf Announces Another Signing As James Byrne To Join Program

Nov. 23, 2006

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ASU men's golf coach Randy Lein has announced that James Byrne of Banchory, Scotland, has signed a letter-of-intent with Arizona State and will join the Sun Devil program in the fall of 2007. Byrne is one of the most accomplished young golfers in Europe, as he claimed his first Order of Merit title on the Scottish amateur circuit when he won the Newlands Trophy at Lanark in September with a 9-under 271.

'I first saw James play this past July at the European Boys Championship and my first impression of him was that of a champion,' says Randy Lein, now in his 15th year at the helm of the ASU program. 'Confident people handle themselves in a special way and James has that look. He had a very successful summer and his game improved a lot from June to September. He will be a great addition to our program.'

Byrne, a semi-finalist in the 2006 Scottish Boys' Championship, posted final day rounds of 71 and 66 a for a 9-under-par 271 (68-66-71-66) and a four stroke victory.

Byrne also became the youngest winner of the North-east district youth championships at Newburgh this past June as as a 16-year-old he equalled the course record of 5-under-par 67 in the first round. He won the title by five shots.

He also won the Faldo Series Scottish Regional Qualifier (under-17) with a 1-under 71 in June of 2006 at Blairgowrie G.C.

He set or tied course records this past summer at Hazlehead Golf Club with a 64 en route to winning the Scottish NE District Boys Under-18 title, at the Newburgh Golf Club with a 67 in the first round of the Scottish NE District Youths.

He earned medalist honors at the Texas Junior Golf Tour in December of 2005 with a 2-under 214 (73-70-71) and won the Grampian/Houston Pro-Am in October with a 71.

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