Men's Golf Hosts NCAA West Regional May 17-19 At Karsten Golf Course

May 4, 2007

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ASU HOSTS NCAA WEST REGIONAL: The Arizona State University men's golf team plays host to the NCAA West Regional held May 17-19 (Thursday-Saturday) at ASU's Karsten Golf Course (par-72, 7,057 yards).

TEAMS AND PLAYERS: The 27 teams and six individuals (announced along with seedings on Monday, May 7, by the NCAA) will play 18 holes each day.

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring of the tournament will be available at

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2007 NCAA Championships held in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (hosted by Virginia Commonwealth).

2006 NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Arizona and Florida tied for the NCAA West Regional title last year in Tucson while ASU tied for third. ASU has won or tied for the West Regional title five times (three of the past nine seasons).

ADMISSION: Admission is free to the event, as practice rounds begin on Wednesday at 7 a.m.


*Wednesday, May 16: Practice rounds from 7 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. in order of seed.

*Thursday, May 17: First round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees and the last group tees at 1:13 p.m.

*Friday, May 18: Second round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees and the last group tees at 1:07 p.m.

*Saturday, May 19: Third and final round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees (Last group at 1:07 p.m., leaders tee off early)

BEST IN THE NATION: ASU senior and 2007 co-Pac-10 Player of the Year Niklas Lemke, who is completing his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies this semester, is currently the nation's top-ranked player according to Golfstat and is second in the Golfweek rankings. He has posted a 69.87 stroke average in 10 tournaments, which is tied for the school mark set by Paul Casey in 1999-2000. Lemke earned medalist honors at the 2006 Illini Invitational (Sept. 24-25) and at the 2007 National Invitational (April 2-3). He has eight top-five finishes on the year and 12 top-10 finishes in his 46-tournament career (72.15 stroke average). In postseason tournaments, he finished second (2006 and 2007), tied for seventh (2005) and 13th (2004) in his Pac-10 championships and tied for fifth (2006), tied for 56th (2005) and tied for 43rd (2004) in NCAA West Regional action. In NCAA Championship action, he has finished tied for 48th (2006), tied for 19th (2005) and tied for 105th (2004). He earned third-team All-America honors last year and honorable mention in 2005.

LOW ROUNDS, HIGH APR: The ASU men's golf team is one of two Sun Devil programs to post perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate scores in the most recent listings, along with women's tennis. The NCAA recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores in late April.

ASU HEAD COACH Randy Lein: Randy Lein has coached 61 tournament victories 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 nine) 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: Niklas Lemke earned co-Pac-10 Player of the Year after finishing second at the Pac-10 Championships for the second straight year. He joined 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), 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (2001 co-player of the year) and 2003 NCAA champion and four-time All-American Alejandro Canizares. Canizares was the 2006 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year and earned the honor outright in 2005, the first player to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Stanford's Tiger Woods in 1995-96. It marked the sixth time (by five players) that Randy Lein has coached the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year in his 15 seasons as ASU's mentor.

ASU'S BEST: After 10 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 NCAA West Regional with a 69.87 mark, while Alvarado Holley has a 71.19 average.

ASU MEN'S GOLF SCORING AVERAGES (1987-2007)Rk.	Name, Events	Year	Average1.	Niklas Lemke, 10	2006-07	69.871.	Paul Casey, 10	1999-2000	69.873.	Phil Mickelson, 12	1991-92	69.954.	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.	Benjamin Alvarado Holley, 9	2006-07	71.199.	Alejandro Canizares, 13	2005-06	71.2210.	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

TOP FIVE: After 10 tournaments this year, Niklas Lemke has posted eight top-five finishes and 12 in his career. Lemke's eight top-five finishes is among the best in recent ASU history.

ASU MEN'S GOLF TOP-FIVE FINISHES (2000-2007)1.	Niklas Lemke, 10 events, 2006-07, 8 top five finishes2.	Matt Jones, 12, 2000-01, 62.	Paul Casey, 10, 1999-2000, 64.	Alejandro Canizares, 13, 2005-06, 54.	Chez Reavie, 14, 2003-04, 56.	Niklas Lemke, 13, 2005-06, 4

ASU IN THE WEST REGIONALS: ASU has won or tied for the title in the NCAA West Regional five times and has won the event in three of the past eight seasons.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSYear	Champ	ASU Finish	Individual Champion1989	Arizona	2nd	Robert Gamez (Arizona)1990	UNLV	3rd*	Hub Goyen (UNLV)1991	ASU/UA	T1st	*Warren Schutte (UNLV)1992	Arizona*	2nd	Harry Rudolph (Arizona)1993	Arizona	2nd	Manny Zerman (Arizona)1994	UNLV	2nd	Edward Fryatt (UNLV)1995	ASU	1st	Mike Sauer (New Mexico)1996	Stanford	2nd*	*Tiger Woods (Stanford)1997	UNLV	2nd	Aaron Oberholser (SJ St.)1998	ASU/UNM	T1st	Paul Casey (ASU)1999	ASU	1st	Jeff Quinney (ASU)2000	Arizona	T6th	Michael Beard (Pepperdine)2001	ASU	1st	Matt Jones (ASU), Kyle Thompson (South Carolina)2002	UNM/UW	20th	Ricky Barnes (UA), Justin Smith (Minnesota)2003	UCLA	5th	Michael Letzig (UNM)2004	UCLA	4th	Travis Johnson (UCLA)2005	UNLV	T4th	Rob Grube (Stanford)2006	Florida/UA	T3rd	Billy Horschel (Florida), Casey Watabu (Nevada)*Eventual NCAA Champion

REGIONAL STREAK: Entering the 2007 announcements and counting its appearance in the 18 years a NCAA Regional has been staged (1989-2006), ASU has made 23 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest active streak in the nation. ASU has advanced to the NCAA Championships 21 of the past 22 seasons (1984-2005), missing only in 2002, and in 40 of the past 42 seasons (1964-2005), missing prior to 2002 in 1983.

Longest Active NCAA Tournament AppearanceOklahoma State, 1947-06, 60 yearsUSC, 1971-06, 36Texas, 1978-06, 29Oklahoma, 1981-06, 26Clemson, 1982-06, 25Arizona State, 1984-06, 23Georgia Tech, 1985-06, 22

*Note: List includes NCAA Championship prior to 1989 and reaching at least NCAA Regionals from 1989-present.

PAC-10 HONORS: Senior Niklas Lemke (Linkoping, Sweden) earned Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year with USC's Jamie Lovemark. Benjamin Alvarado Holley (Santiago, Chile), who was one of just two freshmen honored with first- or second-team honors last year, again earned second-team accolades in 2007. It marked the sixth time (by five players) that ASU's Randy Lein has coached the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year in his 15 seasons as ASU's mentor.

ACADEMICALLY: Arizona State men's golfers Niklas Lemke (B.I.S., Sociology and Family Studies), Fredrik Andersson (B.S., Economics) and Phil Telliard (B.A. Communication) will bring the number of Sun Devils to earn their undergraduate degrees under 15th-year head coach Randy Lein to 46 next weekend when ASU holds its annual spring commencement. Lemke, a two-time All-American who has eight top-five finishes this year, joins former All-Americans such as Alejandro Canizares (B.I.S., Landscape Architecture/Sociology in 2006 and 2003 NCAA champion), Todd Demsey (B.A., Psychology in 1995 and 1993 NCAA Champion) and Jeff Quinney (B.S. Finance in 2002 and 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion) as the top names on the list.

Golf World Notes ASU One of Just Four Men's Golf Programs In the Top 25 With Perfect APR Score

For a complete look of the graduates under Randy Lein, go to:

Arizona State Men's Golf Graduates Under Randy Lein

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