Men's Golf Season In Review
July 7, 2008
*Tied for 17th at the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., in Randy Lein's 16th season as head coach.
*Finished eighth at NCAA West Regional, as ASU has now qualified for NCAA Championship 24 of the past 25 seasons, including each of the past six seasons, tied for the fourth-best active streak in the nation.
*Won its eighth Pac-10 Championships under Randy Lein and 12th overall by topping 2007 Pac-10 Champion USC in a playoff and also beating 2008 NCAA champion UCLA and 2007 NCAA champion Stanford.
*Randy Lein has produced 35 All-American honors among 15 players in his 16-year Sun Devil career as freshman Jesper Kennegard earned honorable mention honors by the GCAA and Golfweek.
*Jesper Kennegard was one of just 10 freshmen cited by Golfweek as he had four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes.
*Kennegard also was one of just two freshmen to earn All-Pac-10 first-team honors and the first Sun Devil freshman to earn first-team honors since Paul Casey in 1997-98. His 72.16 stroke average is the fourth-best in program history by a freshman, behind only three NCAA champions: Alejandro Canizares (71.65 in 2002-2003), Todd Demsey (72.10 in 1991-92) and Phil Mickelson (72.14 in 1988-89). As each won at least one NCAA title at some point in their career.
*Kennegard also was medalist at the 15-team Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate held Feb. 6-8 with a 13-under 197.
*ASU was the only team at the NCAA Championships to have three freshmen in its lineup as it is expected to return each player from its end-of-season lineup and five of six players from its 2008 Pac-10 Championship team.
*Finished 18th in the final Golfweek rankings while Kennegard was 36th.
*ASU has made 15 NCAA Championship appearances in Randy Lein's 16 seasons, tied for the second-best mark in the nation.
*Team won its Thunderbird Invitational for the sixth time in the past 10 seasons (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008) and for the 14th time overall April 11-13.
*Finished the season ranked 18th by Golfweek, 19th by the Golf Coaches Association and 23rd by Golfstat.
*Jesper Kennegard finished the season ranked 36th by Golfweek.
Men's Golf Individual Honors
All-American: Jesper Kennegard (HM by Golfweek and GCAA)
Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar: TBD
All-Pac-10: Jesper Kennegard (first), Knut Borsheim (second), Stephan Gross (HM), James Byrne (HM)
Pac-10 All-Academic: Knut Borsheim (first)
PING All-Pacific Region: Jesper Kennegard