Men's Golfers Post Impressive Weekends As Season Gets Close

Aug. 18, 2008

The Arizona State men's golf team had some solid performances last week overseas, as sophomores James Byrne and Stephan Gross turned in very good outings

Byrne smashed the Newburgh-on-Ythan course record with an 11-under 61 in the second round on his way to an eight-stroke win in the North-east District Open, the Scottish Golf Union's 72-hole Order of Merit Tournament. He shot 72-61-75-69 for the 11-under 277.

More information on Byrne's win can be found at the Scottish Golf View by clicking here.

Fellow sophomore Stephan Gross finished second at the Vodafone Challenge, a Challenge Tour tournament on the European Tour that is the equivalent to a Nationwide Tour event in the United States. Gross led heading into the final round, but came up just short in his bid to become only the third amateur to win on the Challenge Tour.

'It was a tremendous week, with an atmosphere I've never experienced before,' said Gross. 'To finish a professional tournament tied for second place is unbelievable, although I am a little disappointed that I didn't make birdie on the 18th to take it to a play-off. My game was too rigid today, with more downs than the previous days. I lost a ball my the eighth hole, ended up with a double bogey and had to fight to break par. But this result gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.'

Final results can be found at this link:

Click here for final results and recap from the Vodafone Challenge.

ASU is expected to return all of its lineup that competed in the NCAA Championship as the team won its eighth Pac-10 title under Randy Lein last spring. ASU has 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.

ASU will compete in three events this fall, starting with the Haig Point (S.C.) Invitational Sept. 7-8. It will then compete in the Olympia Fields Invitational Sept. 19-21 in Chicago and then NCAA Preview Sept. 28-30 in Toledo, Ohio.

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