Men's Golf Team Playing For Seventh Straight Pac-10 Title
PAC-10 TITLE ON THE LINE: Arizona State will try to win its seventh straight Pac-10 title at the 42nd Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship April 27-29 at the Stanford Golf Course (Par 71, 6,786 yards). Last year, Arizona State used its home course, the Karsten Course, to its advantage to capture its league-record sixth consecutive Pac-10 title, and 11th Pac-10 title overall. ASU covered the course in a 56-under par (1,384), 37 strokes ahead of second place finisher Oregon State. It was the lowest 72-hole score in Pac-10 Championships history by 19 strokes. ASU's Paul Casey, the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, captured his third consecutive Pac-10 individual title, a feat matched by only one other person - USC's Sherman Finger in 1964, '65 and '66. Casey's score of 265 tied his own record set at the 1999 Conference championships and established a new Pac-10 Championships record of 23 strokes under par for the tournament. In addition to the past six Pac-10 titles, ASU other five Pac-10 titles have come in 1979, 1981, 1989, 1990 and 1993. The Sun Devils have finished in the top five at the NCAAs in five of the past six years and have won the Pac-10 title in seven of the past eight years. The Sun Devils also won national championships in 1990 and 1996. ASU is led by ninth-year head coach Randy Lein, the 1996 National Coach of the Year and a seven-time winner of Pac-10 Coach of the Year (five times at ASU and twice at USC). ASU is ranked fifth in the MasterCard/College Golf Foundation rankings and sixth according to Golfweek.
THE LINEUP: Quick notes on the probable ASU lineup:
(1)-Senior Jeff Quinney-71.50 stroke average this year...has six top-10 finishes in eight appearances this year...2000 U.S. Amateur Champion...1999 second-team All-American...23-under in his past three tournaments with a 69.11 stroke average in that time...ranked third according to Golfweek.
(2)-Junior Matt Jones-72.17 stroke average this year...has four top-10 finishes in eight appearances this year...shot career-best 8-under 208 at Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational...shot a 3-under 213 (68-70-75) at U.S. Collegiate Championships in Mexico on April 6-8...honorable mention All-American in 2000...13-under in his past three tourneys with a 70.22 stroke average...ranked 14th according to Golfweek.
(3)-Senior Jin Park-74.52 stroke average this year...has played in 44 tournaments in career...shot a career-best 65 in first round of Pac-10 Championships last year at Karsten.
(4)-Freshman Chez Reavie-73.25 stroke average this year...true freshman from Mesa, Ariz.
(5)-Junior Brian Nosler-73.30 stroke average this year...tied for sixth at Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational...tied for ninth at Oregon Invitational.
(6)-Sophomore Brady Stockton-73.95 stroke average this year...native of San Ramon, Calif.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Thursday, April 26. The opening two rounds are Friday, the third round is on Saturday, and the final round is scheduled for Sunday. The starting time for Friday is 7:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday is 8:00 a.m.
SCORING: Each team is comprised of six golfers. The five individuals with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds. Results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org or to the Stanford website at www.gostanford.com.
THE DRAW: Per a blind draw by Conference officials, the pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:54 a.m.): USC, California
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:42 a.m.): Arizona, Stanford
Group 3 (10th Tee - 7:30 a.m.): UW, WSU
Group 4 (10th Tee - 8:18 a.m.): ASU, OSU
Group 5 (10th Tee - 9:06 a.m.): Oregon, UCLA
REGIONALS MAY 17-19: Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19, while the NCAA Championships will be Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, in Durham, N.C.
NCAAs: Six schools have made at least 12 straight trips to the NCAA Championships. The schools and the consecutive years they have contended are: Oklahoma State (54), Clemson (19), Arizona State (17), Arizona (12), UNLV (12), North Carolina (12).
OTHER RECENT PAC-10 REVIEWS: ASU led from start to finish at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle on April 26-28, 1999, to claim its fifth straight Pac-10 title with a 21-stroke victory over UCLA. Individually, Paul Casey's collegiate-record 60 and his then Pac-10 record-low score of 265 (67-66-72-60) highlighted the event, as only three players broke par in the event. In 1998, ASU won its fourth straight Pac-10 title with an 11-shot victory over UCLA at Orinda, Calif. Then-freshman Paul Casey shot a 5-under-par 283 (76-73-68-66) to earn medalist honors. Jin Park posted his collegiate-best tournament (tied for fourth) with a 2-under 286 (72-72-66-76).
ON THE CHARTS: Jeff Quinney has won three collegiate tournaments. Quinney won the 2001 Las Vegas Intercollegiate, the 1999 NCAA West Regional and the 1999 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational. A look at Quinney on the ASU wins list:
Rk. Name (Years) Wins1. Phil Mickelson (1989-92) 162. Billy Mayfair (1985-88) 83t. Paul Casey (1997-2000) 63t. Charlie Gibson (1972-75) 65. Todd Demsey (1992-95) 56. Howard Twitty (1970-72) 4 Scott Watkins (1978-79) 4 Dan Croonquist (1976-79) 49t. Jeff Quinney (1997-2000) 39t. Jim Carter (1981-84) 3
COACH RANDY LEIN: Randy Lein has coached 54 tournament wins in 19 seasons, tutored 40 All-Americans and added the top accolade in collegiate golf 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 ninth season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 31 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, three NCAA West Regional wins and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalist Todd Demsey and 10 All-Americans (20 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), Paul Casey (3)Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson (2), Darren Angel (2), Paul Casey (3), Jeff Quinney (2) and Matt Jones (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 CS Northridge.
2000 U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION JEFF QUINNEY: Tied for second at the Stanford/U.S. Intercollegiate with a 3-under 219 (71-67-72)...tied for sixth at ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE with a 7-under 209 (72-69-68)...won the Las Vegas Intercollegiate with a 13-under 203 on March 9-11 with a 69-67-67...13-under par was the second-best score of his career...career best was 15-under 201 at 1999 Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational (70-69-62)....tied for third at NCAA Ping Preview...tied for ninth at SAVANE All-American...tied for ninth at USC Southwestern Classic with 5-over 147 (76-71).
Year App Top 10 Rds. Avg. Low2000-01 8 6 22 71.50 671999-00 13 4 41 72.34 661998-99 13 5 40 72.50 621997-98 11 3 35 72.57 68Career 45 18 138 72.31 62
Low Round: 62 at the 1999 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational, held in Tempe, in the third and final round.
JUNIOR MATT JONES: Tied for fourth at Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate with a 2-under 211...tied for third at ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational with 8-under 208 (69-69-70)...tied for sixth at Ford U.S. Collegiates with 213 (68-70-75)...tied for second at USC Southwestern Classic with 1-over 143 (73-70)...finished second at Taylor Made with 4-over 218 (74-75-69)...honorable mention All-American in 2000.
Year App Top 10 Rds. Avg. Low2000-01 9 5 24 72.17 681999-00 12 4 36 71.86 661998-99 8 2 26 73.38 68Career 29 11 86 72.34 66
Low Round: 66 at the 1999 2000 Pac-10 Championships, held in Tempe, in the third round on April 25.
SENIOR JIN PARK: Tied for second at USC Southwestern Classic with 143 (71-72)...has played in 44 career tournaments...one of two Sun Devils (Jeff Quinney is the other) to play on the past three Pac-10 title teams.
Year App Top 10 Rds. Avg. Low2000-01 9 1 25 74.52 671999-00 12 2 36 73.14 651998-99 12 1 36 73.97 661997-98 11 1 34 73.85 66Career 44 5 131 73.82 65
Low Round: 65 at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, held in Tempe, in the first round.
SUN DEVILS AS PAC-10 CHAMPS: A list of Sun Devils who have won Pac-10 individual titles (year and score noted): Scott Watkins and Dan Croonquist in 1979 (277), Jim Bertoncino in 1980 (280), Dan Forsman and Tony Grimes in 1981 (283), Phil Mickelson in 1990 (278), Scott Johnson in 1997 (278), and Paul Casey in 1998 (283), 1999 (265) and 2000 (265).
NCAA NOTE: The Sun Devils averaged a 4.1 finish at the NCAAs in the 1990s, the best mark in the nation. Only Oklahoma State (4.5) averaged higher than an eighth-place finish.
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