Men's Golf Two Shots Back Of Pac-10 Lead

April 29, 2008

The Arizona State men's golf squad, playing with three freshmen, twosophomores and a senior, fired the best round of the day Tuesday with a1-over 356 and is just two shots back of defending Pac-10 Champion USC afterthe third round of the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships held at The MeadowClub (par-71, 6,686 yards) in Fairfax, Calif. ASU¹s 1-over 356 was one shotbetter than USC¹s (338-274-357) 357, but no other team came within 13 shotsof ASU as three freshmen continue to lead the Sun Devils.

Freshman James Byrne is tied for second at 3-under 210 (71-72-67) as he wasthe only player to break par on Tuesday and he did it in convincing fashionwith his 67. He posted six birdies on the day, including five in aseven-hole stretch on the back nine, as his 67 was a season-best. He hadposted three rounds in the 60s in five appearances prior. He trails onlyUCLA¹s Kevin Chappell, who is at 4-under 209 (70-68-71).

Freshmen Jesper Kennegard is at 1-under 212 (67-73-72), which is tied foreighth. Kennegard already has four top-five finishes and five top-10finishes, as he entered the tournament with a 71.52 stroke average in 27rounds, ahead of the ASU freshmen record set by four-time All-American and2003 NCAA medalist Alejandro Canizares in 2003 when he posted a 71.65average in eight events.

ASU has shot 354-361-356 and is at 6-over 1,071, while USC (38-374-357) isat 4-over 1,069.

Freshman Stephan Gross is tied for 11th at 1-over 214 (70-71-73). Gross hasposted 40 pars in 54 holes.

Senior and team captain Phil Telliard is tied for 30th at 8-over 221(76-69-76), as his 69 in the second round included five birdies and is thesecond-lowest score of his career.

Sophomore Braxton Marquez is tied for 41st at 10-over 223 (74-76-73), whilesophomore Knut Borsheim is at 11-over 224 (72-81-71) and tied for 43rd.Marquez has played the par 5 holes at 6-under.

ASU will tee with USC beginning at 9:36 on Wednesday. The final tee time isset for 10:16. The Pac-10 Championship counts the low five scores from thesix-man teams.

Live scoring of the tournament is available at www.golfstat.com.

ASU AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Arizona State has won 11 Pac-10 titles inits 29 seasons, including a conference record six straight from 1995-2000.In addition to the six straight Pac-10 titles, ASU's other five Pac-10titles have come in 1979 (its first year in the league), 1981, 1989, 1990and 1993. ASU tied for the league title in 2005 with Washington but lost ona tiebreaker formula. In its past five Pac-10 championships, ASU hasfinished third (2003, 2006 and 2007), second (2004) and tied for first(2005).

GOING FOR EIGHT: ASU coach Randy Lein has led ASU to seven Pac-10 titles inhis 15 seasons. ASU won titles in 1993, Lein's first year, and then won sixstraight from 1995-2000. ASU tied for first but lost in a tiebreaker in2005, finished second in 2001 and 2004 and third in 1994, 2003, 2006 and2007. Since joining the Pac-10 in the 1978-79 school year, ASU has finishedout of the top five just twice in its 29 championships (ninth in 2002 andsixth in 1983).

SUN DEVILS AS PAC-10 MEDALISTS: Paul Casey won three straight Pac-10 titlesfrom 1998-2000, which is the last time a Sun Devil won the title and is aconference record for consecutive Pac-10 titles. Other Sun Devils who havewon the Pac-10 championship are Scott Johnson (1997), Phil Mickelson (1990),co-medalists Dan Forsman and Tony Grimes (1981), Jim Bertoncino (co-medalistin 1980) and co-medalists Scott Watkins and Dan Croonquist (1979). NiklasLemke finished second the past two seasons and tied for seventh in 2005.

NEXT UP: The 2008 NCAA West Regional will be held in Bremerton, Wash., May15-17. The 2008 NCAA Championships will be held in West Lafayette, Ind., May28- 31 with Purdue serving as host.

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