Niklas Lemke Five Shots Back Of A Pac-10 Title After Three Rounds
April 24, 2007
Niklas Lemke birdied three of his final six holes to shoot 4-under 68 in the third round at the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships on Tuesday, held at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club (par-72/6,854 yards). He currently is tied for second place in the 60-player field.
Lemke, who has 16 birdies in three rounds, is at 9-under 207 (69-70-68) and is five shots back of USC's Jamie Lovemark, who is at 14-under 202 (69-66-67). Daniel Im of UCLA also is tied for second at 9-under 207 (71-69-67).
Lemke's stroke average through 31 rounds is 69.93, just shy of Paul Casey's ASU mark of 69.87 set in 1999-2000.
ASU shot 6-under 354 and is in third place at 4-under 1,076 (356-366-354). ASU's round of 354 is the fourth-best in the tournament.
USC shot 18-under 342 in the second round to stand at 20-under and lead the field.
UCLA (12-under 708 after shooting 355-353) and Stanford (even 720 after shooting 356-364).
The Pac-10 Championship counts the low five scores from the six-man teams. Live scoring of the tournament is available at www.golfstat.com.
Freshman Tristan Bierenbroodspot had another solid day, shooting a 1-under 71 as he is tied for seventh (72-70-71) at 3-under 213. After notching birdies on the par-4 ninth hole (463 yards) in the first two rounds, two of just the six birdies the hole allowed on the day, he eagled the par-5 eighth (485) on Tuesday.
Sophomore Benjamin Alvarado Holley is tied for 11th at 2-under 214 (71-75-68) as he shot a 4-under 68 in the third round.
Senior Fredrik Andersson had a 70 in the opening round and is tied for 28th at 3-over 219 (70-77-72) after shooting par on Tuesday.
SUN DEVILS AS PAC-10 MEDALISTS: Paul Casey won three straight Pac-10 titles from 1998-2000, which is the last time a Sun Devil won the title and is a conference record for consecutive Pac-10 titles. Other Sun Devils who have won the Pac-10 championship are Scott Johnson (1997), Phil Mickelson (1990), co-medalists Dan Forsman and Tony Grimes (1981), Jim Bertoncino (co-medalist in 1980) and co-medalists Scott Watkins and Dan Croonquist (1979). Niklas Lemke finished second last year and tied for seventh in 2005.
ASU AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Arizona State has won 11 Pac-10 titles in its 28 seasons, including a conference record six straight from 1995-2000. In addition to the six straight Pac-10 titles, ASU's other five Pac-10 titles have come in 1979 (its first year in the league), 1981, 1989, 1990 and 1993. ASU tied for the league title in 2005 with Washington but lost on a tiebreaker formula. In its past four Pac-10 championships, ASU has finished third (2003), second (2004), tied for first (2005) and third (2006).
GOING FOR EIGHT: ASU coach Randy Lein has led ASU to seven Pac-10 titles in his 14 seasons. ASU won titles in 1993, Lein's first year, and then won six straight from 1995-2000. ASU tied for first but lost in a tiebreaker in 2005, finished second in 2001 and 2004 and third in 1994, 2003 and 2006. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1978-79 school year, ASU has finished out of the top five just twice in its 28 championships (ninth in 2002 and sixth in 1983).
BEST IN THE NATION: ASU senior Niklas Lemke is currently the top-ranked player in the nation according to Golfstat and has posted a 70.03 stroke average in nine tournaments. He earned medalist honors at the 2006 Illini Invitational (Sept. 24-25) and at the 2007 National Invitational (April 2-3). He has seven top-five finishes on the year and now has 11 top-10 finishes in his 45-tournament career. He has a 72.25 stroke average in his career. He finished send (2006), tied for seventh (2005) and 13th (2004) in his three previous Pac-10 championships. He earned 2006 third-team All-American honors and was a honorable mention pick in 2005.
ASU HEAD COACH Randy Lein: Randy Lein has coached 61 tournament victories (including the 2007 National Invitational) in his 25 seasons, tutored 53 All-Americans and added the top accolade in collegiate golf in 1995-96 - the NCAA title - to his collection as the Sun Devils won the title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a three-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. In his 15th season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 39 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional wins (three of the past seven) and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares and 14 All-Americans (32 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), Paul Casey (3), Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson (2), Darren Angel (2), Jeff Quinney (3), Matt Jones (2), Chez Reavie (3), Alejandro Canizares (4), Niklas Lemke (2) and Benjamin Alvarado Holley (1). He has won Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year five times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) while at ASU and twice at USC (1980 and 1986). Lein (pronounced 'Line') is a 1975 graduate of Cal State Northridge.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF YEAR: Alejandro Canizares earned 2006 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and also earned the honor outright in 2005, joining an impressive list of Sun Devils who have won 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), 1993 NCAA Champion Todd Demsey (1994), three-time Pac-10 champion Paul Casey (2000) and 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (2001 co-player of the year). Canizares was the first Pac-10 golfer to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Tiger Woods of Stanford in 1995-96.
ASU'S BEST: After nine tournaments this year, both Niklas Lemke and Benjamin Alvarado Holley have a chance to move into the top-10 in terms of single-season scoring average in ASU history. Lemke enters the Pac-10 championship with a 70.03 mark, while Alvarado Holley has a 71.33 average.
ASU MEN'S GOLF SCORING AVERAGES (1987-2007)Rk. Name, Events Year Average1. Paul Casey, 10 1999-2000 69.872. Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 69.953. Niklas Lemke, 9 2006-07 70.034. Phil Mickelson, 11 1990-91 70.085. Billy Mayfair, 13 1986-87 70.596. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 70.827. Chez Reavie, 14 2003-04 71.058. Alejandro Canizares, 13 2005-06 71.229. Benjamin Alvarado Holley, 9 2006-07 71.3310. Alejandro Canizares, 14 2003-04 71.3811. Chris Hanell, 13 1996-97 71.4412. Matt Jones, 12 2000-01 71.4613. Alejandro Canizares, 14 2004-05 71.6513. Alejandro Canizares, 8 2002-03 71.65
NEXT UP: The 2007 NCAA West Regional will be held at ASU's Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., May 17-19. The 2007 NCAA Championships will be held in Williamsburg, Va., May 30- June 2 with Virginia Commonwealth serving as host.