Men's Golf Off To NCAA Championships Next Week
May 24, 2007
ASU HEADS EAST: The Arizona State University (#13 Golfstat/#18 Golfweek) men's golf team competes in the NCAA Championships held May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course (par-70, 6,803 yards) in Williamsburg, Va. (hosted by Virginia Commonwealth). The 30 schools and six individuals will play 18 holes each day. The ninth-seeded Sun Devils will tee with Lamar and Georgia Tech at 12:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com. The Sun Devils have won two NCAA titles, in 1990 under then-head coach and 2002 ASU Hall of Fame inductee Steve Loy, and in 1996 under current head coach Randy Lein. In the past 14 years (since Lein took over the ASU duties) ten different team champions have been crowned and Lein is the only coach to have two individual champions in that time (Alejandro Canizares in 2003 and Todd Demsey in 1993). ASU also has finished in the top six eight times in those 14 years and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in 23 of the past 24 seasons, missing only in 2002, including each of the past five seasons.
'JACK' Niklas Lemke: ASU senior and 2007 co-Pac-10 Player of the Year Niklas Lemke, completed his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies, is currently the nation's second-ranked player according to Golfstat and is seventh in the Golfweek rankings. He has posted a 69.88 stroke average in 11 tournaments this year, just shy of the school mark set by Paul Casey in 1999-2000 (69.87). 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 14 top-10 finishes in his 47-tournament career (72.11 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 40th (2007), 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.
Niklas Lemke CAREER STATISTICSYear App Top 5 Top 10 Rds. Avg. Low2006-07 11 8 8 34 69.88 662005-06 13 3 5 41 71.68 662004-05 13 0 1 40 73.50 662003-04 10 0 0 31 73.32 66Career 47 11 14 146 72.11 66Low Round: 65, 7 times, most recent in second round of NIT on April 3, 2007.
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.
BIG BEN: Sophomore Benjamin Alvarado Holley has been on fire lately. After earning honorable mention All-American honors last year by finishing 20th at the NCAA Championships and notching a 72.50 stroke average (fifth-best by a freshmen in ASU history), he has become arguably the hottest golfer in the nation the past four tournaments. He has posted four straight top-10 finishes and is at 40-under par in that time (13 rounds). His four straight top-10 finishes matches Niklas Lemke's four straight top-10 finishes in 2006. Pat Moore also posted four straight in 2005, Chez Reavie (2001 USGA Public Links champion) posted four straight in the spring of 2003 and Jeff Quinney (2000 U.S. Amateur champion) also matched the feat in the spring of 2001. Matt Jones posted five straight top-five finishes in the spring of 2001 en route to first-team All-America honors. Here is a look at Alvarado Holley's past four tournaments beginning with the National Invitational on April 2-3.
Tournament Rounds Finish PlaceNational Invitational 69-70-60 208/-8 T2ndASU Thunderbird 68-71-70 209/-7 7thPac-10 Championship 71-75-68-67 281/-7 6thNCAA West Regional 67-65-66 198/-18 1st
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 10) and nine 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 with USC's Jamie Lovemark 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) in 15 seasons at ASU that Randy Lein has coached the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year. Benjamin Alvarado Holley, who was one of just two freshmen honored with first- or second-team honors last year, again earned second-team accolades in 2007.
ASU'S BEST: After 11 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 Championship with a 69.88 mark, while Alvarado Holley has a 70.74 average.
ASU MEN'S GOLF SCORING AVERAGES (1987-2007)Rk. Name, Events Year Average1. Paul Casey, 10 1999-2000 69.872. Niklas Lemke, 11 2006-07 69.883. Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 69.954. Phil Mickelson, 11 1990-91 70.085. Billy Mayfair, 13 1986-87 70.596. Benjamin Alvarado Holley, 11 2006-07 70.747. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 70.828. Chez Reavie, 14 2003-04 71.059. 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
START IT OVER: Back in 2002, ASU head coach Randy Lein saw ASU's 18-year NCAA championship consecutive streak snapped in a season that had injuries and some bad luck. ASU is back in the saddle with five straight appearances, and to show you how competitive the NCAA men's golf champioships is, that five-year streak already is tied for the sixth-best active streak.
Rk. School Years Current Streak1. Oklahoma State 1947-2007 612. Arizona 1987-2007 21T3. Georgia Tech 1998-2007 10T3. Georgia 1998-2007 105. Florida 2001-2007 7T6. Arizona State 2003-2007 5T6. UCLA 2003-2007 5
UNDER LEIN: ASU has finished first (1996), fourth (1995), fifth (1998 and 1999), tied for fifth (1997), sixth (1993, 2001 and 2003), tied for ninth (1994), tied for 11th (2005 and 2007), tied for 21st (2004) and tied for 25th (2001) under 15th-year coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.
CHAMPS FROM THE PAC-10: ASU (1996) and Cal (2004) are the only Pac-10 teams to win the NCAA championship in the past 12 years. Other Pac-10 teams to win the NCAA Men's Golf Championship are: Stanford (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953 and 1994), UCLA (1988) and Arizona (1992).TOP FIVE: After 11 tournaments this year, Niklas Lemke has posted eight top-five finishes (12 in career) and eight top-10 finishes (14 in career).
ASU MEN'S GOLF TOP-FIVE FINISHES (1988-2007)Rk. Name, Events Year Top 5s1. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 11 Phil Mickelson, 14 1990-91 113. Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 94. Niklas Lemke, 11 2006-07 85. Phil Mickelson, 14 1988-89 76. Matt Jones, 12 2000-01 6 Paul Casey, 10 1999-2000 6 Chris Hanell, 13 1996-97 6 Chris Stutts, 16 1993-94 6
ASU MEN'S GOLF TOP-10 FINISHES (1988-2007)Rk. Name, Events Year Top 10s1. Chris Hanell, 13 1996-97 122. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 11 Phil Mickelson, 14 1990-91 11 Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 115. Phil Mickelson, 14 1988-89 106. Chez Reavie, 13 2002-03 9 Todd Demsey, 15 1991-92 98. Niklas Lemke, 11 2006-07 8 Alejandro Canizares, 14 2003-04 8 Chez Reavie, 14 2003-04 8 Todd Demsey, 14 1993-94 8 Todd Demsey, 11 1992-93 8
ACADEMICALLY: Niklas Lemke (B.I.S., Sociology and Family Studies), Fredrik Andersson (B.S., Economics) and Phil Telliard (B.A. Communication) bring the number of players to earn their undergraduate degrees under 15th-year head coach Randy Lein to 46 after the spring of 2007 commencement. Lemke, a two-time All-American, 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 most recognizable names on the list.
NCAA CHAMPS FROM ASU/PAC-10: ASU has had four NCAA medalists on six occasions: Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Canizares (2003). Other Pac-10 winners include: Frank Tatum Jr. of Stanford (1942), Scott Simpson of USC (1976 and 1977), Ron Commans of USC (1981), Tiger Woods of Stanford (1996) and James Lepp of Washington (2005).
IMPRESSIVE: Randy Lein has recruited a NCAA champion (Alejandro Canizares in 2003), a U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney in 2000), a U.S. Public Links champion (Chez Reavie in 2001), an Arizona Amateur champion (Jesse Mueller, 2001) and an English Amateur champion (Paul Casey, 1998 and 1999) to ASU.
NCAA CHAMPIONS: A look at the schools that have produced the most NCAA men's golf individual champions and the year the most recent champion took home the title:
School NCAA Ind. Champs Last Champion YearYale 13 Tom Aycock 1929Harvard 8 J.W. Hubbell 1916Houston 8 Billy Ray Brown 1982Oklahoma State 8 Jonathan Moore 2007Princeton 7 G.T. Dunlap 1931Arizona State 6 Alejandro Canizares 2003Texas 6 Justin Leonard 1994
RECENT INDIVIDUAL FINISHES: A look at top-10 Sun Devil individual finishes at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships dating to Jim Carter's 1983 NCAA Championship:
Player (Year) Place Year SiteAlejandro Canizares (Fr.) 1st 2003 Stillwater, Okla.Todd Demsey (So.) 1st 1993 Lexington, Ky.Phil Mickelson (Sr.) 1st 1992 Albuquerque, N.M.Phil Mickelson (So.) 1st 1990 Tarpon Springs, Fla.Phil Mickelson (Fr.) 1st 1989 Edmond, Okla.Jim Carter (Jr.) 1st 1983 Fresno, Calif.Darren Angel (Fr.) T3rd 1996 Chattanooga, Tenn.Chez Reavie (Fr.) T4th 2001 Durham, N.C.Phil Mickelson (Jr.) T4th 1991 Pebble Beach, Calif.Paul Casey (So.) 4th 1999 Chaska, Minn.Joey Snyder (Jr.) T5th 1995 Columbus, OhioDarren Angel (Jr.) T7th 1998 Albuquerque, N.M.Todd Demsey (Jr.) T7th 1994 Dallas, TexasScott Johnson (So.) T8th 1995 Columbus, OhioChez Reavie (Jr.) 9th 2003 Stillwater, Okla.Billy Mayfair (Sr.) T9th 1988 Westlake Village, Calif.Scott Johnson (Sr.) T10th 1997 Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell (Sr.) T10th 1997 Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell (Fr.) T10th 1994 Dallas, Texas
IN THE TOP 10: Lein's nine top-10 NCAA finishes in his 14 years is second only to Clemson and Oklahoma State for the most in that span. In that time, there have been 10 different NCAA team champions, while ASU and Oklahoma State are the only schools to have two NCAA medalists in his 14 years. ASU also has finished in the top six eight times under Randy Lein.
NCAA CHAMPIONS IN THE PAST 14 YEARS(1993-2006/RANDY LEIN AT ASU)Team (NCAA Titles) TOP 10 TOP 5 APP.*Clemson (2003) 10 6 13Oklahoma State (1995, 2000) 10 8 15Arizona State (1996) 9 5 14UNLV (1998) 7 2 12Florida (1993, 2001) 7 5 14Georgia (1999, 2005) 4 3 10Stanford (1994) 3 3 5Pepperdine (1997) 3 1 7California (2004) 2 1 5Minnesota (2002) 3 2 9*Counts 2007 appearance
Randy Lein IN TOP FIVE AT ASU: Coach Randy Lein has finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship five times in his 14 years, behind only Oklahoma State (eight), Georgia Tech (seven), Texas and Clemson (six each) in that time, and tied with Florida.
NCAA CHAMPIONS AS FRESHMAN
2006-Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State
2003-Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State
1998-James McLean, Minnesota
1989-Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1982-Billy Ray Brown, Houston
1974-Curtis Strange, Wake Forest
1971-Ben Crenshaw, Texas
UNOFFICIALLY: The NCAA does not keep stroke averages as official records, but some research has come up with the following that will have to suffice as the top 11 single-season stroke averages in NCAA history.
NCAA SEASON STROKE AVERAGERk. Name, School Year Avg.1. Bill Haas, Wake Forest, 2003-2004, 68.932. Ryan Moore, UNLV, 2004-2005, 69.293. Ryan Moore, UNLV, 2003-2004, 69.384. Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech, 2000-2001, 69.435. Charles Howell, Okla. St., 1999-2000, 69.576. Chris Nallen, Arizona, 2003-2004, 69.79T7. Graeme McDowell, UAB, 2001-2002, 69.87T7. Paul Casey, Arizona St., 1999-2000, 69.87 Niklas Lemke, Arizona St., 2006-2007, 69.88T9. Nick Watney, Fresno St., 2002-2003, 69.93T9. Spencer Levin, New Mexico, 2004-2005, 69.9511. Phil Mickelson, Arizona St., 1991-1992, 69.95
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: ASU has made 14 NCAA Championship appearances in Randy Lein's 15 years (1993-2007), tied for the third-best mark in the nation.
MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (1993-2007)School, NCAA App.Oklahoma State, 15Arizona, 15Arizona State, 14Florida, 14Georgia Tech, 13North Carolina, 13Clemson, 13Wake Forest, 12New Mexico, 12UNLV, 12Auburn, 11Texas, 11Georgia, 10UCLA, Minnesota, 9
FAST FACT: ASU is the only school to win both the men's and women's golf titles in the same season (1990).
REGIONAL STREAK: Counting its appearance in the 19 years a NCAA Regional has been staged (1989-2007), ASU has made 24 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest active streak in the nation. ASU has advanced to the NCAA Championships 23 of the past 24 seasons (1984-2007), missing only in 2002, and in 41 of the past 43 seasons (1964-2005), missing prior to 2002 in 1983.
Longest Active NCAA Tournament AppearanceSchool, Years, NCAA StreakOklahoma State, 1947-07, 61USC, 1973-07, 35Texas, 1978-07, 30Oklahoma, 1981-07, 27Clemson, 1982-07, 26Arizona State, 1984-07, 24Georgia Tech, 1985-07, 23*Note: List includes NCAA Championship prior to 1989 and reaching at least NCAA Regionals from 1989-present.
Randy Lein IN TOP TEN AT ASU: Coach Randy Lein has finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championship nine times in his 14 years, behind only Oklahoma State and Clemson (10 each), with Georgia Tech (eight), Texas and Florida (seven) next on the list.
NCAA TOP-10 FINISHES (1993-2006)Rk. School Top 10 National TitlesT1. Clemson, 10T1. Oklahoma State, 103. Arizona State, 94. Georgia Tech, 8T5. Texas, 7T5. Florida, 7T7. Arizona, 6T7. UNLV, 6T9. Wake Forest, 4T9. UCLA, 4T9. Georgia, 4T9. Augusta State, 4T9. Houston, 4T9. North Carolina, 4
NCAA TOP-5 FINISHES (1993-2006)Rk. School, Top 51. Oklahoma State, 82. Georgia Tech, 7T3. Texas, 6T3. Clemson, 6T5. Arizona State, 5T5. Florida, 57. Arizona, 4T8. Stanford, 3T8. UNLV, 3T8. Wake Forest, 3
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