Alejandro Canizares Wins Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

Oct. 26, 2004

BANDON, Ore. -- Arizona State junior Alejandro Canizares took homethe individual title at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge with a 2-under142 (71-71) as the 2003 NCAA champion earned his fourth collegiatevictory in his three-year career on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the 2003 NCAA title, Canizares also won the 2003National Invitational in Tucson and the 2004 ASU/ThunderbirdInvitational in Tempe. His four career wins ties him with HowardTwitty, Scott Watkins and Dan Croonquist for sixth on the Sun Devilcareer win list.

No. 20 Minnesota shot a 4-over 292 to come back from 13 strokes offthe pace and win the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge in atie-breaker over No. 10 USC at the par-72, 7,040-yard course.

Tuesday's second and final round was completed in passing showers and sunbreaks, with light winds that occasionally gusted, especially along Bandon'socean side holes. The tournament was shortened from three rounds to two due toMondays storm that forced the second round to be suspended after five holes.

In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with acombined score of plus-162 to the Big Ten's plus-191. Each conference countedits low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.

No. 19 UCLA, which led by five strokes after the first round, shot a 307Tuesday and finished third at 598. No. 17 Arizona State was fourth at 601,followed by Northwestern (602), Washington (603), Arizona (605), Penn State(607), No. 21 Purdue (609) and Indiana (611) to round out the top 10.

The 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be held at the Glen Club in Glenview,Ill., and the 2006 event will return to Bandon and will be played on thePacific Dunes course.

Complete results are available at

Top TeamsT1. Minnesota 304-292=596T1. USC 298-298=5963. UCLA 291-307=5984. ASU 296-305=6015. Northwestern 298-304=602

ASU Scores1. Alejandro Canizares 71-71=142 (-2)T18. Pat Moore 73-78=151 (+7)T28. Jesse Mueller 76-77=153 (+9)T45. Niklas Lemke 76-80=156 (+12)T55. Kendall Critchfield 80-79=159 (+15)