Men's Golf Finishes 13th at Thunderbird

April 11, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - Unable to sustain the momentum created by a scorching second round, the Golden Bears fell seven spots during the final round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and finished 13th Saturday at Karsten Golf Course. Junior John Murphy shot a 1-under final round to finish in an individual tie for 7th (-1).

Arizona State, with two lineups in the competition, won the event at -4, the only under-par total team score in the event.

Murphy's final round included 5 birdies against 3 bogeys on a day when the rest of the lineup - except for Eric Mina, who equaled his second round +2 to finish tied for 68th (+8) - suffered their worst rounds of the 54-hole Thunderbird.

Stephen Hale and George Gandranata ended tied for 53rd (+7). Hale's 10th-hole eagle could not erase the 6 bogeys and double bogey that contributed to his 76, while Gandranata was one shot better Saturday but also had 6 bogeys.

Michael Jensen's triple bogey inflicted the most damage to his final-round 77 (+6) and he finished at +12 (T79).

The men's golf team must regroup for the U.S. Intercollegiate next week at Stanford Golf Course.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
37th Annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Karsten Golf Course (Par 71, 7,057 yards)
Tempe, Ariz.

Team Place: 13th (of 17 teams) - after three rounds

Score: 295-283-294 - 872 (+20)

Individuals:
T7. John Murphy 74-68-70 - 212 (-1)
T53. Stephen Hale 73-71-76 - 220 (+7)
T53. George Gandranata 74-71-75 - 220 (+7)
T62. Eric Mina 75-73-73 - 221 (+8)
T79. Michael Jensen 74-74-77 - 225 (+12)

Team Standings:
1. Arizona State (I) 272-287-279 - 838 (-14)
T2. San Diego State 275-302-281 - 856 (+4)
T2. Denver 284-282-290 - 856 (+4)
4. Texas Christian 280-290-287 - 857 (+5)
5. UC Irvine 283-290-285 - 858 (+6)
T5. Arizona 292-290-276 - 858 (+6)
7. Arizona State (II) 289-289-286 - 864 (+12)
8. Colorado State 290-292-283 - 865 (+13)
9. Oregon 283-289-285 - 866 (+14)
10. Oklahoma 287-292-289 - 868 (+16)
11. UNLV 295-294-280 - 869 (+17)
12. Ball State 289-292-289 - 870 (+18)
13. California 295-283-294 - 872 (+20)
14. BYU 286-295-292 - 873 (+21)
15. New Mexico 285-304-287 - 876 (+24)
16. Fresno State 301-286-290 - 877 (+25)
17. Cal State Northridge 285-303-292 - 880 (+28)

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