Men's Golf Improves By 19 Shots In Second Round At NCAA West Regional
May 16, 2008
Pac-10 Champion Arizona State improved its score by 19 strokes in the second round with a 3-under 285 on Friday morning at the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional held in Bremerton, Wash., at the Gold Mountain Golf Course. ASU's 3-under 285 was tied for the second-best among the morning groups teeing off, as play continues this afternoon. Final results can be found at this site later tonight, but click at the link above for live scoring.
The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships held in West Lafayette May 28-21.
ASU was led by freshman James Byrne, who is at 1-under 143 (71-73).
Sophomore Braxton Marquez improved his score by seven strokes from the first round as he shot a 2-under 70 and is at 3-over 147 (77-70).
Sophomore Knut Borsheim improved by six shots and is at 6-over 150 (78-72).
All-Pac-10 first-team selection and freshman Jesper Kennegard is at 9-over 153 (76-77).
Freshman Stephan Gross is at 11-over 155 (82-73).
ASU has won or tied for the West Regional title five times (three of the past 10 seasons) and has tied for third the past two seasons.
NOTING THE TEAMS: The 2008 NCAA West Regional features 15 teams ranked in the Top-50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. That list includes third-ranked USC, No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 UNLV, No. 18 Clemson, No. 19 Arizona State, No. 24 Texas Tech, No. 30 North Carolina, No. 33 Texas, No. 35 Pepperdine, No. 37 San Diego State, No. 41 LSU, No. 42 California, and No. 44 Oregon State...the regional field includes six conference champions in Florida State (ACC), Arizona State (Pac-10), San Diego (West Coast), Denver (Sun Belt), Navy (Patriot League) and Columbia (Ivy League)...Stanford is the defending NCAA team champion, winning the 2007 team title by 12 strokes over Georgia...the regional field also includes eight Pac-10 teams.
ASU IN THE WEST REGIONALS: ASU has won or tied for the title in the NCAA West Regional five times.
NCAA West Regional ChampionsYear Champ ASU 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)2007 South Carolina T3rd Benjamin Alvarado Holley (ASU)*Eventual NCAA Champion
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 was tied for the sixth-best active streak entering this season. Arizona had a 21-year streak snapped this year as it did not make NCAA Regional play after finishing under .500.
Rk., School, Years, Current Streak
1. Oklahoma State, 1947-2007, 61
2. Arizona, 1987-2007, 21 (ended in 2008)
T3. Georgia Tech, 1998-2007, 10
T3. Georgia, 1998-2007, 10
5. Florida, 2001-2007, 7
T6. Arizona State, 2003-2007, 5
T6. UCLA, 2003-2007, 5
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)
Oklahoma State, Arizona-15
Arizona State, Florida-14
Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson-13
Wake Forest, New Mexico, UNLV-12