Men's Golf Championship Notes
May 18, 2009
The Arizona State University men's golf team (#14 Golfweek/Golfstat TBD/#14 Golf Coaches) competes in the NCAA Championships held May 26-30 at the Inverness Club (par-71, 7,255 yards) and hosted by the University of Toledo. It will be the second time the Rockets have served as the tournament host with the previous occurrence coming 65 years ago in 1944. The Inverness Club was founded in 1903 and has hosted four U.S. Opens, one U.S. Amateur, one U.S. Senior Open and two PGA Championships. The Rockets' men's golf program has also hosted the Inverness Intercollegiate there since 2000.
THE NEW FORMAT
The 2009 NCAA Championships will feature a new twist with the team champion determined via match play, the first time the winner hasn't been awarded by total strokes since 1965. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to match play with the quarterfinals and semifinals being held on Friday, May 29 and the championship match set for Saturday, May 30. During the match-play portion of the championships, each match will be worth one point with all five players participating. The first team to win three points within the team match will advance or, in the case of the championship match, be declared the national champion.
Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
SUN DEVILS LOOKING FOR NUMBER THREE
The Sun Devils have won two NCAA titles, in 1990 under then-head coach and 2002 ASU Hall of Fame inductee Steve Loy, and in 1996 under current head coach and 2009 National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame inductee Randy Lein.
SUN DEVILS PROGRAM CHATTER
In the past 16 seasons (since Lein took over the ASU duties) 11 different team champions have been crowned and Lein is the only coach to have two individual champions in that time (freshman Alejandro Canizares in 2003 and Todd Demsey in 1993). ASU also has finished in the top six eight times in those 16 years and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in 25 of the past 26 seasons, missing only in 2002, including each of the past seven seasons, tied for the fourth-best mark in the nation in that time.
IT WASN'T EASY
ASU has made the NCAA Championship in the past seven seasons and in 16 of 17 seasons under Randy Lein, but it sure isn't getting easier with the 30-team, three-round regional format. Using Golfweek's rankings through the regionals, nine top 30 teams are not going to Toledo, a list that includes seventh-ranked Clemson, No. 18 LSU, No. 21 Indiana, No. 23 UNLV, No. 24 NC State, No. 25 San Diego State, No. 28 Ole Miss, No. 29 Colorado State and No. 30 Florida State.
THE HEAD COACH
Randy Lein 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 17th season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 43 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), eight Pac-10 titles, five NCAA West Regional wins and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares and 15 All-Americans (35 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 (3), Matt Jones (2), Chez Reavie (3), Alejandro Canizares (4), Niklas Lemke (3), Benjamin Alvarado Holley (2) and Jesper Kennegard (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 Cal State Northridge.
NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS FROM ASU/PAC-10
ASU has had four NCAA medalists on six occasions: Jim Carter (1983), Phil Mickelson (1989, 1990, 1992), Todd Demsey (1993) and Alejandro Canizares (2003). Other Pac-10 winners include: Frank Tatum Jr. of Stanford (1942), Scott Simpson of USC (1976 and 1977), Ron Commans of USC (1981), Tiger Woods of Stanford (1996), James Lepp of Washington (2005), Jamie Lovemark of USC (2007) and Kevin Chappell of UCLA (2008).
Randy Lein has recruited a NCAA champion (Alejandro Canizares in 2003), a U.S. Amateur champion (Jeff Quinney in 2000), a U.S. Public Links champion (Chez Reavie in 2001), an Arizona Amateur champion (Jesse Mueller, 2001) and an English Amateur champion (Paul Casey, 1998 and 1999) to ASU.
ASU has finished first (1996), fourth (1995), fifth (1998 and 1999), tied for fifth (1997), sixth (1993, 2001 and 2003), tied for ninth (1994), tied for 11th (2005), tied for 17th (2008) tied for 18th (2007), tied for 21st (2004) and tied for 25th (2001) under 16th-year coach Randy Lein in the NCAA Championship.
RECENT INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
A look at top-10 Sun Devil individual finishes at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships dating to Jim Carter's 1983 NCAA Championship both by place and chronologically.
ASU NCAA TOP-10 FINISHES
Alejandro Canizares (Fr.), 1st, 2003, Stillwater, Okla.
Todd Demsey (So.), 1st, 1993, Lexington, Ky.
Phil Mickelson (Sr.), 1st, 1992, Albuquerque, N.M.
Phil Mickelson (So.), 1st, 1990, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Phil Mickelson (Fr.), 1st, 1989, Edmond, Okla.
Jim Carter (Jr.), 1st, 1983, Fresno, Calif.
Darren Angel (Fr.), T3rd, 1996, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chez Reavie (Fr.), T4th, 2001, Durham, N.C.
Phil Mickelson (Jr.), T4th, 1991, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Paul Casey (So.), 4th, 1999, Chaska, Minn.
Joey Snyder (Jr.), T5th, 1995, Columbus, Ohio
Darren Angel (Jr.), T7th, 1998, Albuquerque, N.M.
Todd Demsey (Jr.), T7th, 1994, Dallas, Texas
Scott Johnson (So.), T8th, 1995, Columbus, Ohio
Chez Reavie (Jr.), 9th, 2003, Stillwater, Okla.
Billy Mayfair (Sr.), T9th, 1988, Westlake Village, Calif.
Scott Johnson (Sr.), T10th, 1997, Chicago, Ill.
Chris Hanell (Sr.), T10th, 1997, Chicago, Ill.
Chris Hanell (Fr.), T10th, 1994, Dallas, Texas
ASU is the only school to win both the men's and women's golf titles in the same season (1990).
CHAMPS FROM THE PAC-10
Pac-10 teams ASU (1996), Cal (2004) and Stanford (2007 and 1994) and UCLA (2008) have won NCAA men's golf titles in the past 16 years. Other Pac-10 teams to win the title are: Stanford (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953), UCLA (1988) and Arizona (1992).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
ASU has made 16 NCAA Championship appearances in Randy Lein's 17 years (1993-2008), tied for the second-best mark in the nation.
MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (1993-2009)
Arizona State, Arizona, Florida-16
Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest-14
North Carolina, Texas-13
Auburn, Georgia, New Mexico, UNLV-12
LEIN IN TOP TEN
Randy Lein has finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championship nine times in his 15 years at ASU, behind only Oklahoma State and Clemson (10 each).
NCAA TOP-10 FINISHES (1993-2008)
Rk. School (National Titles), Top 10
T1. Clemson (2003), 11
T1. Oklahoma State (1995, 2000, 2006), 11
T3. ASU (1996), Georgia Tech, 9
5. Florida (1993, 2001), 8
T7. Arizona, UNLV (1998), 6
NCAA CHAMPIONS AS FRESHMAN
2007-Jamie Lovemark, USC
2006-Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State
2003-Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State
1998-James McLean, Minnesota
1989-Phil Mickelson, Arizona State
1982-Billy Ray Brown, Houston
1974-Curtis Strange, Wake Forest
1971-Ben Crenshaw, Texas