Tough Conditions in San Antonio For Men's Golf Who Battles Well in First Round
Defending tournament champion Arizona State had what might look like a tough day Monday in the first round of the 11th annual Cabo Collegiate held this year at TPC San Antonio.
Actually, it was a very solid day.
TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course, one of the toughest on the PGA TOUR, was hard to score on a cold, windy day led to just one of the 16 teams being under par.
The Sun Devils are tied for seventh in the loaded 16-team field with a 17-over 301. Only Oklahoma broke par (1-under 287), as Mason Andersen led the maroon and gold with a 2-over 74 that included an eagle and three birdies.
The field features 12 of the top 30 teams in the country and only four players broke par on day one. The winner of this year's event will earn an exemption to play on the PGA TOUR's Valero Texas Open on the same course at the end of the month.
"Today was probably the hardest conditions we've seen in several years. It was cold and blowing 20-plus miles per hour winds all day," said Sun Devil fifth-year head coach Matt Thurmond. "Oklahoma's round was exceptional. I though par was probably around 15 over. We could have used a really good round but I'm really proud that all five of our guys in the lineup hung in there not matter what. They're all comfortably in the top half of the field."
ASU played the last three holes with two birdies and just one bogey. The final hole played as the third-toughest on the day, but ASU had four pars and a birdie by Andersen.
"The round could have gone south at a few points but we always responded and kept it reasonable. Being able to stay competitive and survive the bad days is super important. We know we can light it up. We need to know we can stick it out too. Both are needed to be the team we want to be. Playing those last few holes under par into the wind on the back end of a six hour round shows how tough these guys are and how much they care."
--The tournament started in 2010 and ASU has competed in it three times. Besides its 2020 title it finished second in 2019 and fourth in 2018.