Men's golf ranked 4th in GolfWeek preseason poll

Sept. 17, 2004

In its annual college season preview GolfWeek ranks the ArizonaState men's golf team fourth in the nation going into the 2004-05season. 2003 NCAA Champion Alejandro Canizares is also a member ofthe preseason All-American second-team.

The Sun Devils return nine players from a team that won the TuckerInvitational, UNLV Championship, National Invitational and ASUThunderbird Invitational last year. ASU also took second place inthe Pac-10 Championships after they carded a 15-over(357-363-356-379) 1455. The Sun Devils then placed fourth in theNCAA West Regional and finished the season in a tie for 21st at theNCAA Championships held in Hot Springs, Va.

The top-returning player for the Sun Devils is junior AlejandroCanizares from Spain. Canizares, a 2003 first-team All-American, hadthe 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. Muellerplayed the second most tournaments and rounds. Critchfield shot thethird lowest tournament score during the 2003 season with an11-under performance in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Lemke, aLinköping, Sweden native, saw extensive action while posting a 73.32stroke average.

Sitting atop the preseason rankings are the Florida Gators. AnotherSEC team, the Georgia Bulldogs, follow the Gators in second, whilethe Clemson Tigers are third. In the fourth spot are the Sun Devilsand rounding out the top-five are Oklahoma State.

Other Pac-10 teams in the top-25 include Arizona (11), USC (16),Washington (20) and UCLA (22).

The Sun Devils drive into the 2004 season at the NCAA Ping Previewheld September 26-27 in Bethesda, Md.

Release written by Media Relations assistant Chad Potter

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