Men's Golf Ranked 10th in Golf World Preseason Poll
Sept. 3, 2004
The Arizona State men's golf team is ranked 10th in the nation heading into the 2004-05 season by Golf World in its annual College Preview addition. 2003 NCAA Champion Alejandro Canizares is also ranked seventh as a part of the top 50 players to watch.The Sun Devils return nine players from a team that won the Tucker Invitational, UNLV Championship, National Invitational and ASU Thunderbird Invitational last year. ASU also took second place in the Pac-10 Championships after they carded a 15-over (357-363-356-379) 1455. The Sun Devils then placed fourth in the NCAA West Regional and finished the season in a tie for 21st at the NCAA Championships held in Hot Springs, Va.The top-returning player for the Sun Devils is junior Alejandro Canizares from Spain. Canizares, a 2003 first-team All-American, had the second lowest stroke average at 71.38 in 2003.Other notable returning Sun Devils include senior Jesse Mueller, senior Kendall Critchfield and sophomore Niklas Lemke. Mueller played the second most tournaments and rounds. Critchfield shot the third lowest tournament score during the 2003 season with an 11-under performance in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Lemke, a Linköping, Sweden native, saw extensive action while posting a 73.32 stroke average.The Georgia Bulldogs topped the preseason rankings and are followed by Florida and Georgia Tech in a tie for second. Arizona is ranked fourth with Oklahoma State in fifth. Other Pac-10 schools that made the top-25 include USC (12), UCLA (13), Washington (18) and California (19).Arizona State tees off the 2004 season at the NCAA Ping Preview held September 26-27 in Bethesda, Md.Press release by Chad Potter of ASU Media Relations.