David Puig Wins Southwestern Invitational in Convincing Fashion
Sophomore David Puig, playing in just his fifth collegiate stroke play tournament, easily won the Southwestern Invitational Wednesday held at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village for his first collegiate victory with a tournament record nine-stroke win.
Only two players shot par for the tournament, and Puig (70-66-70) won the event by nine strokes with a 10-under 206 over Pepperdine's Joshua McCarthey (72-73-70). Puig posted a tournament-best 37 pars and added 11 birdies and one eagle.
Per Golfstat, Christian Cavaliers from Boston College (-16) is the last to win a tournament by nine strokes when he did it at the Wildcat Invitational in October of 2019.
Puig joined the team after the 2019 fall semester and played in four tournaments before the season was canceled. He got going again this summer by playing well in the Palmer Cup and then coming up clutch in the Copper Cup (Jan. 17-18).
The Sun Devils shot 13-over 877 (292-282-303) but couldn't hold onto a five-shot lead and finished three shots behind San Diego State, who finished at 10-over 874.
SUN DEVIL INDIVIDUAL WINNERS OF SOUTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL
David Puig, 2021
Paul Casey, 1998 (won the event his freshman season and was his first of six collegiate titles in his ASU career).
Todd Demsey, 1994 (1993 NCAA Champion)
Billy Mayfair, 1987
Dan Forsman, 1980
David Lee, 1979
— Sun Devil Men's Golf (@sundevilmgolf) January 28, 2021
INDIVIDUAL TITLES IN TEAM TOURNAMENTS UNDER MATT THURMOND
David Puig (So.) Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 25-27, 2021)
Mason Andersen (Jr.) Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 6-8, 2020) ** tied for first but lost playoff
Alex del Rey (Sr.) Trinity Forest Invitational (Sept. 22-24, 2019)
Cameron Sisk (So.) Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Sept. 13-15, 2019)
Chun An Yu (Jr.) ASU Thunderbird Collegiate (April 12-13, 2019)
Alex del Rey (So.) National Invitational Tournament (Mar. 18-19, 2019)
Mason Andersen (So.) Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic (Mar. 11-12, 2019)
Chun An Yu (So.) Bandon Dunes Invitational (Mar. 11-13, 2018)
Alex del Rey (So.) Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-24, 2017)
Chun An Yu (Fr.) National Invitational Tournament (Feb. 27-28, 2017)
Jared du Toit (Sr.) Prestige at PGA West (Feb. 20-22, 2017)
Jared du Toit (Sr./co-medalist) Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 2-4, 2017)
Ki Taek Lee (Sr./co-medalist) Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Oct. 10-11, 2016)
— Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) January 27, 2021
FRESHMAN DAVID PUIG 2019-20 ROUND-BY- ROUND (FRESHMAN SEASON)
Southwestern Intercollegiate (Jan. 27-28, 2020) 76-76-71=223/+7/T-33 (71)
Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 6-8, 2020) 69-68-71=208/-8/T-14/ (123)
Cabo Collegiate (Mar. 1-3, 2020) 73-69-68=210/-3/T-10 (80)
Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic (Mar. 9-10, 2020) 79-71-70=220/+4/T-34 (100)
4 TOURNAMENTS/12 ROUNDS/71.75 STROKE AVERAGE
4 ROUNDS IN 60s/8 ROUND PAR OR BETTER
Senior Chun An Yu tied for seventh with a 1-over 217 (73-72-72).
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) January 27, 2021
SUN DEVIL TITLES: ASU has now competed in the tournament 28 times and has won eight titles. It won the 1980, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 championships.
The Lakes & Oaks courses plays at par 72 with yardage at 6,992.
This is the 42nd edition of the Southwestern Invitational. The tournament began in 1978 at North Ranch Country Club with USC as the host. C.W. Johnson served as tournament director for more than 25 years. North Ranch also hosted the 1988 NCAA Championships. The Southwestern Invitational has also been known as the Southwestern Intercollegiate, the USC Collegiate Invitational, the North Ranch Intercollegiate or the Cleveland Golf Classic over the years. Pepperdine and USC co-hosted the event in 2013 and 2014, and the Waves then took over sole hosting duties beginning in 2016.
NORTH RANCH C.C. -- LAKES/OAKS
PAR 72/6,992 YARDS
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
JAN. 25-27, 2021
FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD
San Diego State 294-287-293=874/+10
Arizona State 292-282-303=877/+13
Georgia Tech 303-294-305=902/+38
East Tennessee State 305-293-306=904/+38
St. Mary's 316-299-300=915/+51
San Jose State 319-300-303=922/+58
FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERS/SUN DEVIL SCORES
1. David Puig, ASU 70-66-70=206/-10
2. Joshua McCarthy, Pepperdine 72-73-70=215/-1
T7. Chun An Yu, ASU 73-72-72=217/+1
T26. Ryggs Johnston, ASU 71-75-80=226/+10
T38. Cameron Sisk 78-69-82=229/+10
T55. Blake Wagoner 79-76-81=236/+20