Men's Golf Preparing For NCAA Championships June 1-6

May 25, 2010

HOPING FOR DEJA VU
The Arizona State University men's golf team (#16 Golfweek/#16 Golfstat/#19 Nike/Golf Coaches) competes in the NCAA Championships held June 1-6 in Chattanooga, Tenn., at The Honors Course (par-72, 7,395 yards) and hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The site brings back good memories for Sun Devil 18th-year head coach and 2008 National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Randy Lein as he led ASU to the 1996 team title at The Honors Course. The Sun Devils have won two NCAA titles, as it also won the 1990 title under 2002 ASU Hall of Fame and 2008 NGCA Hall of Fame inductee Steve Loy.

ASU INDIVDUAL NCAA CHAMPIONS
Alejandro Canizares (Fr.), 2003 at Stillwater, Okla.
Todd Demsey (So.), 1993 at Lexington, Ky.
Phil Mickelson (Sr.), 1992 at Albuquerque, N.M.
Phil Mickelson (So.), 1990 at Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Phil Mickelson (Fr.), 1989 at Edmond, Okla.
Jim Carter (Jr.), 1983 at Fresno, Calif.

THE FORMAT
The 2010 NCAA Championships will see the team champion determined via match play for the second straight year, as 2009 was the first time the winner wasn't awarded by total strokes since 1965. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to match play, with the quarterfinals being held June 4, the semifinals on June 5 and the championship match set for Sunday, June 6. During the match-play portion, each match will be worth one point with all five players participating. The first team to win three points within the team match will win the match. The NCAA individual champion will be crowned after the first three-rounds of stroke play competition (June 1-3).

SUN DEVILS CHATTER
In the past 17 seasons (since Randy Lein took over the ASU duties) 12 different team champions have been crowned and Lein is the only coach to have two individual champions in that time (freshman Alejandro Canizares in 2003 and junior Todd Demsey in 1993). ASU also has finished in the top six nine times in those 17 years and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in 26 of the past 27 seasons, missing only in 2002, including each of the past eight seasons, tied for the third-best mark in the nation in that time.

THE HEAD COACH
Randy Lein, a 2008 NGCA Hall of Fame inductee, notched the top team accolade in 1995-96 - the NCAA title - to his collection as the Sun Devils won the title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a three-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. In his 18th season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 43 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), eight Pac-10 titles, five NCAA West Regional wins and ten top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey (1994) and Alejandro Canizares (2003) and 18 All-Americans (39 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), Paul Casey (3), Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson (2), Darren Angel (2), Jeff Quinney (3), Matt Jones (2), Chez Reavie (3), Alejandro Canizares (4), Niklas Lemke (3), Benjamin Alvarado Holley (2), Jesper Kennegard (2), Knut Borsheim (1), Scott Pinckney (1) and Stephan Gross (1). He has won Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year five times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) while at ASU and twice at USC (1980 and 1986). Lein (pronounced 'Line') is a 1975 graduate of Cal State Northridge.

IT ISN'T EASY
ASU has made the NCAA Championship in the past eight seasons and in 17 of 18 seasons under Randy Lein, but it sure isn't getting easier with the 30-team, three-round regional format. Using Golfweek's rankings through the regionals, five top 30 teams are not going to Chattanooga, a list that includes No. 13 Georgia, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 25 San Diego State, No. 28 Colorado State and No. 30 Alabama. In 2009, nine top-30 teams did not advance to the NCAA Championships after regional action.

IT ISN'T EASY, PART TWO
Arizona State is one of just a dozen teams to play in the past two NCAA Championships and that have advanced in 2010. UCLA, Stanford, USC, Oklahoma State, Washington, Florida, Texas A&M, Illinois, Texas, Virginia and Oregon are the others.

START IT OVER
Back in 2002, Randy Lein saw ASU's 18-year NCAA championship consecutive streak snapped in a season that had injuries and bad luck. ASU is back in the saddle with eight straight, and to show you how competitive the NCAA men's golf champioships is, that streak already is tied for the third-best active streak, as Georgia had a 12-year streak snapped this year and Wake Forest had a five-year run ended. Only four teams have made the NCAAs in each of the past eight seasons.

CURRENT CONSECUTIVE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPERANCES
Oklahoma State, 1947-2010, 64
Florida, 2001-2010, 10
Arizona State, 2003-2009, 8
UCLA, 2003-2009, 8

TOP 10
Lein's 10 top-10 NCAA finishes in his 17 years is second only to Clemson and Oklahoma State for the most in that span. In that time, there have been 12 different NCAA team champions, while ASU and Oklahoma State are the only schools to have two NCAA medalists in his 16 years. ASU has finished in the top six nine times under Randy Lein.

UNDER LEIN AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
ASU has finished first (1996), fourth (1995), fifth (1998 and 1999), tied for fifth (1997 and 2009), sixth (1993, 2001 and 2003), tied for ninth (1994), tied for 11th (2005), tied for 17th (2008), tied for 18th (2007), tied for 21st (2004) and tied for 25th (2001) under 18th-year coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.

RECENT INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
A look at top-10 Sun Devil individual finishes at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships dating to Jim Carter's 1983 NCAA Championship both by place and chronologically.

ASU NCAA TOP-10 FINISHES
Alejandro Canizares (Fr.), 1st in 2003 at Stillwater, Okla.
Todd Demsey (So.), 1st in 1993 at Lexington, Ky.
Phil Mickelson (Sr.), 1st in 1992 at Albuquerque, N.M.
Phil Mickelson (So.), 1st in 1990 at Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Phil Mickelson (Fr.), 1st in 1989 at Edmond, Okla.
Jim Carter (Jr.), 1st in 1983 at Fresno, Calif.
Darren Angel (Fr.), T3rd in 1996 at Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chez Reavie (Fr.), T4th in 2001 at Durham, N.C.
Phil Mickelson (Jr.), T4th in 1991 at Pebble Beach, Calif.
Paul Casey (So.), 4th in 1999 at Chaska, Minn.
Joey Snyder (Jr.), T5th in 1995 at Columbus, Ohio
Darren Angel (Jr.), T7th in 1998 at Albuquerque, N.M.
Todd Demsey (Jr.), T7th in 1994 at Dallas, Texas
Scott Johnson (So.), T8th in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio
Jesper Kennegard (So.), T9th in 2009 in Toledo, Ohio
Chez Reavie (Jr.), 9th in 2003 in Stillwater, Okla.
Billy Mayfair (Sr.), T9th in 1988 at Westlake Village, Calif.
Scott Johnson (Sr.), T10th in 1997 at Chicago, Ill.
Chris Hanell (Sr.), T10th in 1997 at Chicago, Ill.
Chris Hanell (Fr.), T10th in 1994 at Dallas, Texas

RECENT ASU NCAA INDIVIDUAL TOP-10 FINISHES
Jesper Kennegard (So.), T9th in 2009 in Toledo, Ohio
Alejandro Canizares (Fr.), 1st in 2003 at Stillwater, Okla.
Chez Reavie (Jr.), 9th in 2003 at Stillwater, Okla.
Chez Reavie (Fr.), T4th in 2001 at Durham, N.C.
Paul Casey (So.), 4th in 1999 at Chaska, Minn.
Darren Angel (Jr.), T7th in 1998 at Albuquerque, N.M.
Scott Johnson (Sr.), T10th in 1997 at Chicago, Ill.
Chris Hanell (Sr.), T10th in 1997 at Chicago, Ill.
Darren Angel (Fr.), T3rd in 1996 at Chattanooga, Tenn.
Joey Snyder (Jr.), T5th in 1995 at Columbus, Ohio
Scott Johnson (So.), T8th in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio
Todd Demsey (Jr.), T7th in 1994 at Dallas, Texas
Chris Hanell (Fr.), T10th in 1994 at Dallas, Texas
Todd Demsey (So.), 1st in 1993 at Lexington, Ky.
Phil Mickelson (Sr.), 1st in 1992 at Albuquerque, N.M.
Phil Mickelson (Jr.), T4th in 1991 at Pebble Beach, Calif.
Phil Mickelson (So.), 1st in 1990 at Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Phil Mickelson (Fr.), 1st in 1989 at Edmond, Okla.
Billy Mayfair (Sr.), T9th in 1988 at Westlake Village, Calif.
Jim Carter (Jr.), 1st in 1983 at Fresno, Calif.

NCAA CHAMPS FROM ASU/PAC-10
ASU has had four NCAA medalists on six occasions: Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Canizares (2003). Other Pac-10 winners include: Frank Tatum Jr. of Stanford (1942), Scott Simpson of USC (1976 and 1977), Ron Commans of USC (1981), Tiger Woods of Stanford (1996), James Lepp of Washington (2005), Jamie Lovemark of USC (2007) and Kevin Chappell of UCLA (2008).

IMPRESSIVE
Randy Lein has recruited a European Amateur champion (Stephan Gross in 2008), a NCAA champion (Alejandro Canizares in 2003), a U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney in 2000), a U.S. Public Links champion (Chez Reavie in 2001), an Arizona Amateur champion (Jesse Mueller, 2001) and an English Amateur champion (Paul Casey, 1998 and 1999) to ASU.

NCAA CHAMPIONS
A look at the schools that have produced the most NCAA individual champions and the year the most recent champion took home the title:

TEAM, INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS (MOST RECENT)
Yale, 13 NCAA Champions (Tom Aycock, 1929
Harvard, 8 (J.W. Hubbell, 1916)
Houston, 8 (Billy Ray Brown, 1982)
Oklahoma State, 8 (Jonathan Moore, 2007)
Princeton, 7 (G.T. Dunlap, 1931)
Arizona State, 6 (Alejandro Canizares, 2003)
Texas, 6 (Justin Leonard, 1994)
Ohio State, 5 (Clark Burroughs, 1985)
USC, 4 (Jamie Lovemark, 2007)

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
ASU has made 17 NCAA Championship appearances in Randy Lein's 18 years (1993-2009), tied for the second-best mark in the nation with Florida.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (1993-2010)
Oklahoma State-18
Arizona State and Florida-17
Arizona-16
Clemson and Georgia Tech-15
Texas and Wake Forest-14
North Carolina and UNLV-13
Auburn, Georgia and New Mexico-12

COACH LEIN IN TOP TEN
Randy Lein has finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championship 10 times in his 17 years at ASU, behind only Oklahoma State (12) and Clemson (11).

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOP-10 FINISHES (1993-2009)
Oklahoma State, 12
Clemson, 11
Arizona State, 10
Georgia Tech, 9
Florida, 8
Texas, 7

CHAMPS FROM THE PAC-10
Pac-10 teams ASU (1996), Cal (2004), Stanford (2007 and 1994) and UCLA (2008) have won NCAA men's golf titles in the past 17 years. Other Pac-10 teams to win the title are: Stanford (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953), UCLA (1988) and Arizona (1992).

COACH LEIN IN TOP FIVE
Coach Randy Lein has finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship six times in his 17 years, behind only Oklahoma State (10), Georgia Tech (seven) and Clemson (seven) in that time.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOP-FIVE FINISHES (1993-2009)
Oklahoma State, 10
Clemson and Georgia Tech, 7
Arizona State, 6
Texas, 6
Stanford and Florida, 5

NCAA CHAMPIONS AS FRESHMAN
2007-Jamie Lovemark, USC
2006-Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State
2003-Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State
1998-James McLean, Minnesota
1989-Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1982-Billy Ray Brown, Houston
1974-Curtis Strange, Wake Forest
1971-Ben Crenshaw, Texas

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