Men's Golf Begins NCAA Championships On Wednesday

May 29, 2001


NCAA Ping Preview	9/25-26 (Durham, N.C.)	ASU 8th/Jeff Quinney T-3Carpet Capital Collegiate	10/6-8 (Rock Face, Ga.)	ASU T-9th/Jeff Quinney T-18Golf World Invitational	11/3-5 (Hilton Head, S.C.)	ASU 18th/Jin Park T-51Taylor Made Intercoll.	2/14-17 (Waikoloa, Hawaii)	ASU 2nd/Matt Jones 2ndUSC/Southwestern Classic	3/5-6 (Los Angeles, Calif.)	ASU 1st/Jones, Park T-2ndUNLV Rebel Classic	3/9-11 (Las Vegas, Nev.)	ASU 6th/Jeff Quinney 1stU.S. Collegiate Champ.	4/6-8 (Puarta Villarta, Mexico)	ASU T-3rd/Matt Jones T-6thASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Inv.	4/13-14 (Tempe, Ariz.)	ASU 1st/Matt Jones T-3rdStanford Invitational	4/20-21 (Stanford, Calif.)	ASU 2nd/Jeff Quinney T-2ndPac-10 Championships	4/27-29 (Stanford, Calif.)	ASU 2nd/Matt Jones 3rdNCAA West Regionals	5/17-19 (Corvallis, Ore.)	ASU 1st/Matt Jones T-1stNCAA Championships	5/30-6/2 (Durham, N.C.)	ASU champs in `90 and `96

ASU OFF TO DUKE: The Arizona State men's golf team will travel to the Duke University Golf Club (par-72, 7,088 yards) May 30-June 2 for the NCAA Championships. 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 nine years and are coming off a 15-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional Championship. The Sun Devils 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 seeded third and will tee with top-seeded East Tennessee State and Kent State. ASU's tee times are noon ET (9 a.m. Arizona Time) on Wednesday and at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. Arizona Time) on Thursday. ASU has finished first or second in its past four tournaments heading into the NCAAs.

NCAA NOTE: ASU qualified for its 18th straight NCAA Championship, and just four schools have current streaks of 13. The schools and the consecutive years they have contended are Oklahoma St. (55), Clemson (20), ASU (18) and Arizona (13). Both UNLV and North Carolina were next on the chart but had their consecutive streaks stopped at 12 this year.

REGONAL TITLE: ASU fired a 12-under 852 (283-277-292) to win the 2001 West Regional by 15 strokes over Arizona May 17-19. Matt Jones tied for first with an 8-under 208, while Jin Park finished third at 5-under 211.ASU has won the NCAA West Regional five times since it was instituted in 1989 (outright titles in 1995, 1999 and 2001 and tied for first in 1998 and 1991).

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 (1997-2001)	39t.	Jim Carter (1981-84)	3

COACH RANDY LEIN: Randy Lein has coached 55 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 32 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, four 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), 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 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	10	6	29	71.69	671999-00	13	4	41	72.34	661998-99	13	5	40	72.50	621997-98	11	3	35	72.57	68Career	47	18	145	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 first at the 2001 NCAA West Regional with an 8-under 208 (70-65-73)...finished third at Pac-10 Championships with an 11-under 273...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	11	7	31	71.39	651999-00	12	4	36	71.86	661998-99	8	2	26	73.38	68Career	31	13	93	72.13	65

Low Round: 65 at the 2001 NCAA West Regional, held in Corvallis, in the second round, and at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, held in Tempe, in the second round on April 27.

SENIOR JIN PARK: Finished third at 2001 NCAA West Regional with a 5-under 211 (69-68-74)...tied for second at USC Southwestern Classic with 143 (71-72)...has played in 45 career of two Sun Devils (Jeff Quinney is the other) to play on three Pac-10 title teams (1998-2000).

Year	App	Top 10	Rds.	Avg.	Low2000-01	11	2	32	73.66	671999-00	12	2	36	73.14	651998-99	12	1	36	73.97	661997-98	11	1	34	73.85	66Career	46	6	138	73.65	65

Low Round: 65 at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, held in Tempe, in the first round.

NCAA West Regional Champions

Year	Champ	ASU Finish	Individual Champion	1989	Arizona	2nd	Robert Gamez (Arizona)	1990	UNLV	3rd*	Hub Goyen (UNLV)	1991	ASU/UA	T-1st	*Warren Schutte (UNLV)	1992	Arizona*	2nd	Harry Rudolph (Arizona)	1993	Arizona	2nd	Manny Zerman (Arizona)	1994	UNLV	2nd	Edward Fryatt (UNLV)	1995	ASU	1st	Mike Sauer (New Mexico)	1996	Stanford	2nd*	*Tiger Woods (Stanford)	1997	UNLV	2nd	Aaron Oberholser (San Jose St.)	1998	ASU/UNM	T-1st	Paul Casey (ASU)	1999	ASU	1st	Jeff Quinney (ASU)	2000	Arizona	T-6th	Michael Beard (Pepperdine)	2001	ASU	1st	Matt Jones (Arizona State)				Kyle Thompson (South Carolina)

*Eventual NCAA Champion

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.

INDIVIDUAL REGIONAL HONORS: No player has won more than one NCAA West Regional. Matt Jones (2001), Paul Casey (1998) and Jeff Quinney (1999) are the only Sun Devils to earn the title.

SUN DEVILS AS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: A list of Sun Devils who have won Pac-10 Player of the Year honors: Scott Watkins (1979 co-player of the year), Dan Forsman (1981 co-player of the year), Billy Mayfair (1987), Phil Mickelson (1990, 1991 and 1992), Todd Demsey (1994), Paul Casey (2000) and Jeff Quinney (2001 co-player of the Year).

RESULTS: Live results from Duke can be accessed on the internet at:

ADDRESS: The address of the tournament is Duke Golf Club and Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, NC 27706. The phone number is 919-490-0999. Rhonda Lundin from the ASU sports information office is travelling with men's golf team and the team and her are staying at the Inn.

RECENT INDIVIDUAL FINISHES: A look at the top recent Sun Devil individual finishes in the NCAA Championships beginning with the 1992-93 season, Randy Lein's first season as head coach:

Player	Finish	Year	SiteTodd Demsey	1st	1993	Lexington, Ky.Darren Angel	T-3rd	1996	Chattanooga, Tenn.Paul Casey	4th	1999	Chaska, Minn.Joey Snyder	T-5th	1995	Columbus, OhioDarren Angel	T-7th	1998	Albuquerque, N.M.Todd Demsey	T-7th	1994	Dallas, TexasScott Johnson	T-8th	1995	Columbus, OhioScott Johnson	T-10th	1997	Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell	T-10th	1997	Chicago, Ill.Chris Hanell	T-10th	1994	Dallas, TexasJeff Quinney	T-11th	1998	Albuquerque, N.M.

NCAA CHAMPIONS FROM THE PAC-10: Sun Devils Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992) and Todd Demsey (1993) all won NCAA Individual Championships. Other Pac-10 individual winners include: Frank Tatum Jr. of Stanford (1942), Scott Simpson of USC (1976 and 1977), Ron Commans of USC (1981) and Tiger Woods of Stanford (1996).

UNDER LEIN: ASU has finished fifth (1998 and 1999), tied for fifth (1997), first (1996), fourth (1995), tied for ninth (1994), sixth (1993) and tied for 25th under ninth-year head coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.

BETTER START NEEDED: Three of the past four NCAA Championships have produced strong finishes for ASU, but a slow start has prevented it from challenging for the title on the final day. ASU has shot its best round of the NCAAs in the final round in two of the past three seasons. In 1999, ASU trailed Oklahoma State by nine strokes after the first day and was tied for ninth and 14 strokes back after the second round. In 1998, ASU was tied for 15th with five other schools, 11 strokes back of UNLV after first round play with a 1-over-par 289. It was tied for 12th and 23 strokes back after two rounds. In 1997, ASU found themselves 17 shots behind first-round leader Northwestern after the first day. The Sun Devils then made a 19-stroke improvement from round one to round two. The last time ASU led the NCAAs after the first day was in 1996. ASU shot a 2-under 286 and was five strokes ahead of UNLV. ASU went on to win the national title by three strokes over the Rebels, firing a 1,186 (+34).

1998 NCAA Championships(Albuquerque, N.M.)

Team	1	2	3	4	TotalASU	289	282	283	276*	1130 (-22)	*276 was best round of the day.'01 Returners	1	2	3	4	TotalJeff Quinney	69	71	71	68	279 (-9)/T-11Jin Park	75	73	68	72	288 (E)/T-37

1999 NCAA Championships(Chaska, Minn.)

Team	1	2	3	4	TotalASU	297	307	296	292	1192 (+40)'01 Returners	1	2	3	4	TotalJeff Quinney	72	79	74	78	303 (+15)/T-44Jin Park	74	76	79	76	305 (+17)/T-51Matt Jones	79	78	76	73	306 (+18)/T-57

2000 NCAA Championships(opelika, ala.)

Team	1	2	3	4	TotalASU	299	290			589 (+13)/T-25'01 Returners	1	2	3	4	TotalJeff Quinney	72	72	69	73	286 (-2)/T-34Jin Park	75	73			148 (+4)Matt Jones	79	74			153 (+9)

*ASU missed cut, Jeff Quinney made the cut as an individual.

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