That Escalated Quickly: Men's Golf Dominates Field in Record-Breaking Win
The Arizona State Sun Devil men's golf team not only won the highly-competitive Southwestern Invitational on Wednesday, it put everyone in the rear view mirror in the final two rounds as it shot a tournament-record 30-under, topping USC's 26-under in 2016.
ASU earned its ninth Southwestern Invitational title presented by Topgolf Wednesday at the North Ranch Country Club (par 72/6,992 yards) in Westlake Village in convincing fashion, while David Puig earned his second straight individual honor.
After shooting a 13-under 275 -- tied for the second-best round in Southwestern Invitational history -- on Tuesday, the Sun Devils went out and shot 12-under 276 which was seven shots better than anyone on the final round.
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It marked ASU's ninth Southwestern team title -- but its first since 2001 -- as no one was won more.
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Puig became the first back-to-back Southwestern champion, and the fourth two-time winner. It marked the seventh time ASU won the individual title (breaking a tie with USC for the most). Puig's 7-under 65 Wednesday was one shot off the tournament 18-hole record.
DAVID PUIG'S INDIVIDUAL TITLES
David Puig (Jr.) Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 24-26, 2022)
David Puig (So.) Amer Ari Intercollegiate (Feb. 2-4, 2021)
David Puig (So.) Southwestern Invitational (Jan. 25-27, 2021)
Here are some other numbers to know about the dominating performance.
2: Preston Summerhays led the tournament in par-3 scoring (2.83) and was one of only two players to shoot under par on the short holes (-2).
9: ASU has now competed in the tournament 29 seasons and has won nine titles. It won the 1980, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 championships before this year's win.
10: Four Sun Devils finished in the top 10. In addition to Puig winning the title, Cameron Sisk (tied for second), Preston Summnerhays (tied for sixth) and Mason Andersen (tied for tenth) also
13: ASU topped host and defending NCAA champion Pepperdine by 13 strokes. The Sun Devils shot 30-under 834 (283-275-276) while Waves shot 17-under 847 (287-277-283)
17: Puig posted 17 birdies tied for most in the tournament.
75.41: The final round scoring average was 75.41, but Puig shot a 7-under 65.
SUN DEVIL INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
David Puig, 2022 & 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
Billy Mayfair, 1987
Dan Forsman, 1980
David Lee, 1979
2022 SOUTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL
NORTH RANCH C.C. -- LAKES/OAKS COURSES
PAR 72/6,992 YARDS
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
JAN. 24-26, 2022
FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD (12 TEAMS)
Arizona State 283-275276=834/-30
Wake Forest 295-286-288=869/+5
San Diego State 290-290-291=871/+7
San Jose State 292-297-313=902/+38
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS/SUN DEVIL SCORES (64 PLAYERS)
1. David Puig 73-70-65=208/-8
T2. Cameron Sisk 71-67-72=210/-6
T2. Michael Brennan, Wake Forest 70-70-70=210/-6
T6. Preston Summerhays 74-68-70=212/-4
T10. Mason Andersen 69-76-69=214/-2
T34. Ryggs Johnston 70-70-83=223/+7
LAST YEAR PUIG ALSO WON IT
Sophomore David Puig, playing in just his fifth collegiate stroke play tournament, easily won the 2021 Southwestern Invitational 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 in the summer of 2021 by playing well in the Palmer Cup and then coming up clutch in the 2021 Copper Cup (Jan. 17-18).
This was the 43rd 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.