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Next Up for Men's Golf: NCAA Regional Action May 17-19 in the ABQ

Apr 30, 2021
Ryggs Johnston Career Update: 17 tournaments, 52 rounds, 70.83 stroke average, 15 rounds in 60s, 38 at par or better (.831)

Next up for the Sun Devil men's golf program is to earn a bid to the 2021 NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club as it travels to NCAA Regional action May 17-19 in Albuquerque, NM. ASU is the No. 2 seed behind Oklahoma.

SUN DEVIL MEN'S REGIONAL FINISHES AT ALBUQUERQUE
2016: 1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico (Jon Rahm medalist)
2002: 20th/Albuquerque, New Mexico
1995: 1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico
1991: T-1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico

WHERE AND WHEN ARE REGIONALS?
Regional play for the 2021 Division I Men's Golf Championships will be held May 17-19. Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the national championships at Grayhawk Golf Club May 28-June 2.

2021 REGIONAL LOCATIONS
Albuquerque, NM (Championship Course of UNM)
Nashville, TN (Golf Club of Tennessee/Vanderbilt and Nashville Sports Council)
Stillwater, OK (Karsten Creek Golf Club/Oklahoma State)
Cle Elum, WA (Tumble Creek Golf Club/Washington)
Noblesville, IN (Sagamore Golf Club/Ball State and Hamilton County Sports Authority)
Tallahassee, FL (Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club/Florida State)

 

CHUN AN YU
Sun Devil senior Chun An Yu will be playing in his fourth NCAA regional and he has played par or better in 98 of 144 career rounds at ASU, second only to Jon Rahm's 117 in 165 rounds. His scores have counted in 132 rounds (.923).

SUN DEVIL CAREER BIRDIES (1993-94 to PRESENT)
671-Jon Rahm (2012-16/165 rounds)
556-Alejandro Canizares (2002-06/152 rounds)
544-Chun An Yu (2016-21/144 rounds)

CAREER NUMBERS FOR THE SUN DEVILS ENTERING NCAA REGIONAL ACTION
Mason Andersen: 42 tournaments, 130 rounds, 71.45 stroke average, 65 low, 57 rounds in 60s, 98 at par or better (.714)
Ryggs Johnston: 17 tournaments, 52 rounds, 70.83 stroke average, 64 low, 15 rounds in 60s, 38 at par or better (.831)
David Puig: 13 tournaments, 40 rounds, 70.53 stroke average, 64 low, 18 rounds in 60s, 29 at par or better (.838)
Cameron Sisk: 29 tournaments, 89 rounds, 71.37 stroke average, 64 low, 31 rounds in 60s, 50 at par or better (.711)
Chun An Yu: 47 tournaments, 144 rounds, 70.47 stroke average, 63 low, 34 rounds in 60s, 81 at par or better (.826)

ROUNDS-A-PLENTY: Arizona State started its season – all of it happening in the spring – at the Copper Cup at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa, AZ, on Jan. 17 and closed its 102-day stretch on April 28 in which it played 32 rounds in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Texas, Florida and Georgia across 19,986 round-trip miles from Tempe.

SUN DEVIL RESULTS/ROUND TRIP MILES
Copper Cup (January 17-18) -- Won, 12.5-to-11.5/62 miles
Southwestern Invitational (January 25-27/12 teams) -- 2nd (292-282-303=877/+13)/844 miles
Amer Ari Invitational (February 2-4/8 teams) -- 1st (275-275-277=827/-37)/5,678 miles
The Prestige (February 15-17/24 teams) -- 4th (276-287-291=854/+2)/534 miles
Cabo Collegiate at TPC San Antonio (March 1-3/16 teams) -- 5th (301-291-282=874/+10)/1,952 miles
Valspar Collegiate (March 15-16/11 teams) -- 4th (284-279-280=843/-9)/3,860 miles
The Goodwin (March 25-27/28 teams) -- 1st (278-273-274=825/-15)/1,476 miles
Augusta Hawkins Invitational (April 3-4/15 teams) -- 6th (286-290-282=858/-6)/3,966
Thunderbird Collegiate (April 16-17/17 teams) -- 2nd (273-276-273=822/-30)/Home Event
Pac-12 Championship (April 26-28/12 teams) -- 2nd (346-349-360-348=1,403/-37)/1,614 miles

FEEL GOOD FOR THE FAM: Sun Devil head coach Matt Thurmond can be proud of his former Washington assistants making their marks at programs with noteworthy 2020-21 seasons as they all head to regional play. Oregon State under John Reehoorn is in a regional for just the second time in the past seven chances and its sixth-place Pac-12 finish matched its best in past eight while Garrett Clegg at Utah led his program to a regional for the first time since 1992. Outside the Pac-12 Michael Wilson at Long Beach State won its first conference title since 2004, is making its first regional appearance since 2012 and just its fourth overall while Dan Potter at Boise State is taking the Broncos to regionals for the first time since 1994 and just second time overall.

SUN DEVIL REGIONAL HISTORY
With the team victory and Jon Rahm's title at the 2016 Albuquerque Regional, ASU has won or tied for a NCAA regional title seven times. ASU tied with Arizona in 1991 and tied with New Mexico in 1998. It won the title outright in 1995, 1999, 2001 2009 and 2016. In addition to Rahm's two titles (2015 as well), Sun Devil Paul Casey won a 1998 individual regional title outright followed by Jeff Quinney (1999), Benjamin Alvarado Holley (2007) and then Jesper Kennegard in 2009. Matt Jones shared medalist honors in 2001.

SUN DEVIL MEN'S REGIONAL FINISHES
2019: T-2nd/Stanford, California
2018: 5th/Raleigh, N.C.
2017: 5th/Austin, Texas
2016: 1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico (Jon Rahm medalist)
2015: 2nd/San Diego, California (Jon Rahm medalist)
2014: 6th/Columbia, Mo.
2013: 5th/Tempe, Arizona
2012: DNC
2011: T-4th/Erie, Colorado
2010: T-4th/Atlanta, Georgia
2009: 1st/Daly City, California (Jesper Kennegard medalist)
2008: 8th/Bremerton, Washington
2007: T-3rd/Tempe, Arizona (Benjamin Alvarado Holley medalist)
2006: T-3rd/Tucson, Arizona
2005: T-4th/Stanford, California
2004: 4th/Sunriver, Oregon
2003: T-5th/Seattle, Washington
2002: 20th/Albuquerque, New Mexico
2001: 1st/Corvallis, Oregon (Matt Jones co-medalist)
2000: T-6th/Fresno, California
1999: 1st/Tucson, Arizona (Jeff Quinney medalist)
1998: T-1st/Tempe, Arizona (Paul Casey medalist)

1997: 2nd/Santee, California
1996: 2nd/Stanford, California
1995: 1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico
1994: 2nd/Tucson, Arizona
1993: 2nd/Provo, Utah
1992: 2nd/Tucson, Arizona
1991: T-1st/Albuquerque, New Mexico
1990: 3rd/Las Cruces, New Mexico
1989: 2nd/El Paso, Texas 

2019 REGIONAL AT STANFORD: The Sun Devil Men's Golf team took care of business at the 2019 Stanford Regional, qualifying for the 2019 NCAA Men's Golf Championship after finishing tied for second as a team. It was the fifth consecutive year the program has advanced to the National Championship, the previous three coming under 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Matt Thurmond. After being on the outside looking-in following the completion of the first found, the Sun Devils turned it on and proved why they were awarded a No. 1 national seed. They put together the second-lowest round of the day during each of the final two days, finishing behind only host Stanford, who took home the team Regional title.

2019 NCAA REGIONALS
STANFORD GOLF COURSE (PAR 70/6,727 YARDS)
STANFORD, CA/MAY 13-15, 2019 (13 TEAMS/75 PLAYERS)
TOP TEAM SCORES (GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)

1. Stanford (12) 274-271-272=817/-23
T2. Arizona State (2) 283-272-274=829/-11
T2. North Carolina (26) 280-275-274=829/-11
4. Georgia Southern 278-278-278=834/-6
5. LSU (14) 287-273-282=842/+2
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6. Ole Miss 282-275-286=843/+3

TOP INDIVIDUALS/SUN DEVIL SCORES
1. Isaiah Salinda, Stanford 66-67-67=200/-10
T2. Chun An Yu 71-65-67=203/-7
T2. Cameron Sisk 69-69-65=203/-7
T27. Blake Wagoner 69-74-70=213/+3
T43. Mason Andersen 74-70-72=216/+6
T48. Alex del Rey 76-68-73=217/+7

UPDATED LIST: Its 2019 finals appearance marked ASU's 55th NCAA Championship appearance, which is fourth-best. ASU has made the NCAA Championship (finals) in the 15 of the past 18 seasons and 33 of past 36.

MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
OKLAHOMA STATE, 72
TEXAS, 65
USC, 59
ARIZONA STATE, 55

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2018 NCAA REGIONALS
LONNIE POOLE GOLF COURSE (PAR 71/7,273 YARDS)
RALEIGH, N.C./MAY 14-16, 2018
TOP TEAM SCORES (GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)

1. No. 16 Texas 271-273-269=813/-39
2. No. 28 Duke 281-272-277=830/-22
3. No. 36 North Carolina State 275-277-279=831/-21
4. Augusta 278-284-270=832/20
5. No. 21 Arizona State 276-283-275=834/-18
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6. No. 4 Georgia Tech 274-279-282=835/-17

2018 NCAA REGIONALS TOP INDIVIDUALS/SUN DEVIL SCORES
1. Doug Ghim, Texas 64-66-66=196/-17
T5. Chun An Yu 65-70-69=204/-9
T13. Koichiro Ishika 71-67-70=208/-5
T26. Alex del Rey 71-75-65=211/-2
T47. Mason Andersen 69-73-73=215/+2
T47. Blake Wagoner 71-73-71=215/+2

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NCAA REGIONAL FINAL TEAM SCORES (MAY 17)
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GOLF CLUB (AUSTIN, TEXAS)
PAR 71/7,355 YARDS
(TOP SEVEN TEAM SCORES)

1. Oklahoma State 287-282-270=839-/-13
2. Texas 277-288-276=841/-11
3. Iowa State 290-292-263=845/-7
4. Ole Miss 282-294-278=854/+2
5. Arizona State 290-293-276=859/+7
(TOP FIVE TEAMS ADVANCE TO NCAAS)
6. Wake Forest 294-293-276=863/+11 
7. North Carolina State 290-297-277=864/+12

2017 NCAA REGIONAL INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST/SUN DEVIL SCORES
1. Nick Voke, Iowa State, 71-67-61=199/-14
T5. Alejandro Del Rey Gonzalez 71-71-68=210/-3
T10. Jared du Toit 74-69-68=211/-2
T28. Chun An Yu 71-77-70=218/+5
T45. Blake Wagoner 75-77-70=222/+9
T39. Jino Sohn 74-76-74=224/+11