King James! James Leow Wins Thunderbird Collegiate
Sun Devil James Leow put his name next to some Sun Devil legends on Saturday, a year removed from not competing for a full season after having labrum repair surgery.
The list of past Sun Devils to win the nearly five-decade strong Thunderbird Collegiate includes PGA TOUR major champions, U.S. Amateir champions, Pac-12 champions and several NCAA champions.
It now includes Singapore's own James Leow.
Leow -- playing as an individual -- shot a 14-under 199 (67-66-66) that included going 9-under on the par-5 holes. He matched a tournament best with 17 birdies en route to the 2022 Thunderbird Collegiate medalist honors, earning a two-shot win. In 54 holes, he had just five bogeys.
SUN DEVIL INDIVIDUAL THUNDERBIRD COLLEGIATE WINNERS
James Leow - 2022
Chun An Yu - 2019
Jon Rahm - 2016, 2015, 2014
Stephan Gross - 2009 (co-medalist)
Alejandro Canizares - 2003
Paul Casey - 2001
Jeff Quinney - 2000
Todd Demsey - 1995
Larry Barber - 1994
Phil Mickelson - 1992, 1991
Jim Carter - 1984
Mark Sollenberger - 1974
Four top-five teams and five top-10 teams were competing at Papago Golf Club (par 71/7,317 yards) on the weekend, as ASU finished a strong second at 26-under (278-271-277), behind only top-ranked Oklahoma, who shot 31-under 821 (278-273-270).
Mason Andersen led the tournament in par-3 scoring (3-under and a 2.75 average)...Leow had 17 birdies...ASU led the tournament in par-3 scoring at 6-over par (3.10)...ASU's 65 birdies led the field...the average score was 71.69...
THUNDERBIRD COLLEGIATE BEST INDIVIDUAL TOTAL SCORES
Jon Rahm (Arizona State) 21-under 192 in 2014
Jon Rahm (Arizona State) 15-under 195 in 2015
Max Rottluff (Arizona State) 14-under 196 in 2015
Jon Rahm (Arizona State) 15-under 198 in 2016
James Leow (Arizona State) 14-under 199 in 2022
Ben Kern (Kansas State) 14-under 199 in 2006
Collin Morikawa (California) 13-under 200 in 2017
Alex McMahon (Arizona) 13-under 200 in 2014
Alejandro Canizares (Arizona State) 16-under 200 in 2004
Bret Guetz (TCU) 16-under 200 in 2002
ASU INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Twelve Sun Devils have won the individual titles on 15 occasions, as Phil Mickelson (1991 and 1992) and Jon Rahm (2014, 2015 and 2016) are the only multiple winners. Other Sun Devil individual winners include Mark Sollenberger (1974), Jim Carter (1984), Larry Barber (1994), Todd Demsey (1995), Jeff Quinney (2000), Paul Casey (2001), Alejandro Canizares (2003), Stephan Gross (2009/shared) , Chun An Yu (2019) and James Leow (2022).
PAPAGO GOLF CLUB
PAR 71/7,137 YARDS
APRIL 15-16, 2022
Arizona State 278-271-277=826/-26
Texas Tech 284-273-272=830/-22
Oklahoma State 279-273=552/-16
North Carolina 282-283-275=840/-12
New Mexico 277-280-290=847/-5
Boise State 285-285-287=857/+5
South Florida 286-286-289=861/+9
Oregon State 293-282-287=862/+10
San Francisco 286-301-279=866/+14
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS AND ALL SUN DEVIL SCORES
1. James Leow (ASU-IND) 67-66-66=199/-14
T2. Caden Fioroni, UNLV 70-68-63=201/-12
T2. Bastien Amat, New Mexico 67-66-68=201/-12
T4. Josele Ballester 67-65-70=202/-11
T7. Mason Andersen 68-69-67=204/-9
21. Ryggs Johnston 72-70-69=211/-2
T27. Preston Summerhays 74-67-72=213/E
T32. Gabe Salvanera (ASU-IND) 66-76-72=214/+1
T46. Jeewon Park (ASU-IND) 72-72-72=216/+3
T64. Cameron Sisk 71-76-71=218/+5
T75. Kiko Coelho (ASU-IND) 75-72-76=223/+10