Men's Golf in Third After First Two Rounds in Eugene
The ASU men's golf team sits in third Monday evening after the first 36 holes of the 32nd annual Duck Invitational at the par-71/6,995 yard Eugene Country Club.
ASU shot 10-over 578 (292-286) while Washington leads the field at 16-under 552 (280-272). Utah is in second entering Tuesday's final 18 holes.
Preston Summerhays shot even-par 142 after improving his score by six strokes (74-68) as he is tied for sixth. Gabriel Salvanera is tied for sixth (playing as individual) at even-par 142 as well, also shooting 74-68. Josele Ballester is tied for 1eth at 2-over 144 (71-73).
THE 14-TEAM FIELD
ASU, who's currently ranked No. 3 by Golfstat, is joined by host Oregon, No. 8 Washington, Boise State, Cal Poly, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State, Pacific, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle and Utah.
FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE 2015, HOPING TO BRING BACK TITLE
The Sun Devils did not take part in the Duck Invitational in the past few years, but the last time they did (in 2015), they returned to Tempe with the trophy. That year, ASU came into the tournament ranked sixth in the country. They were led by Jon Rahm, current top golfer in the world, who grabbed his second individual title of the season after finishing 4-under par with a total of 212 strokes (71-71-70).
LEARNINGS FROM CABO
ASU had a rough start in the CABO COLLEGIATE, which made things difficult for them, as they entered the final round at 2-over despite improving 20 strokes after the first round. However, the Sun Devils fought back and ended the tournament 12-under 840 after a 14-under performance in the final round. In this effort, they were led by freshman Preston Summerhays, who shot 7-under 206 (72-68-66). Another solid performance came from Mason Andersen, who led the way in the previous rounds with 5-under 71, and recorded a 68 (3-under) in the final round.