Men's Golf Completes NCAA Championship Tied For 18th

June 1, 2007

Arizona State University, ranked 18th by both Golfstat and Golfweek, finished tied for 18th at the 110th NCAA Men's Golf Championships held at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course (par-70, 6,803 yards) in Williamsburg, Va.

ASU was one of just nine of the 30 teams to play under par on Friday as it shot a 2-under 278 but missed the 15-team cut by three strokes with a 14-over 854 (286-290-278). Pac-10 Champion and tenth-ranked USC also tied with ASU while Arizona finished 24th at 18-over 858.

Stanford, who has won seven NCAA titles (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953 and 1994) leads the field with a 12-under 828 and is trying to become the third Pac-10 team to win the title in 13 years, joining ASU (1996) and Cal (2004) from 1995-2007. Pac-10 members UCLA (1988) and Arizona (1992) also won NCAA titles.

Benjamin Alvarado Holley finished at 2-under 208 (69-73-66), which was tied for 14th, but he just missed the individual cut by one stroke. After earning honorable mention All-American honors last year with a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and notching a 72.50 stroke average (fifth-best by a freshmen in ASU history), he finished this season with a 70.62 stroke average, sixth-best in ASU history, and was 42-under par in the final 16 rounds (five tournaments) of the year.

Freshman Knut Borsheim finished tied for 64th at 4-over 214 (74-68-72). He finished the year with a 72.92 stroke average, ninth-best by a freshman in ASU history.

ASU senior and 2007 co-Pac-10 Player of the Year Niklas Lemke shot 5-over 215 (69-76-70) and tied for 74th. He finished the year with a 70.03 stroke average, third-best in school history behind Paul Casey in 1999-2000 (69.87) and Phil Mickelson in 1991-92 (69.95). He posted eight top-five finishes on the year and 14 top-10 finishes in his 48-tournament career (72.11 stroke average). He earned third-team All-America honors last year and honorable mention in 2005.

Senior Fredrik Andersson finished tied for 128th at 12-over 222 (74-78-70), while freshman Tristan Bierenbroodspot tied for 145th at 16-over 226 (74-73-79). Bierenbroodspot's 72.64 stroke average is eighth-best by a freshman in ASU history.

NOTES: 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 Randy Lein's 15 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.

UNDER Randy 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 18th (2007), tied for 21st (2004) and tied for 25th (2001) under 15th-year coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.

NCAA CHAMPS FROM 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).

FAST FACT: ASU is the only school to win both the men's and women's golf titles in the same season (1990).

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