Sun Devils in Second at Halftime at Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships
After 36 holes and at the halfway point of the 2022 Pac-12 Men's Golf Tournament in suburban Seattle, the Arizona State Sun Devil men's golf team finds itself in a good spot, down four strokes to host Washington through Monday at the par-71, 6,979-yard Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish.
ASU shot even-par 710 (346-364) on the day, while Washington shot 4-under 706 (346-360).
Freshman Josele Ballester is fifth at 4-under 138 (68-70), three back of leader Barclay Brown of Stanford who shot 7-under 135 (68-67). Mason Andersen (69-73) and Preston Summerhays (71-71) are both tied for ninth at even-par 142, while James Leow is at 1-over 143 (70-73) and tied for 12th.
The grueling 36-hole day took its toll on the 72-player field in the afternoon - 23 players were at par-or-better during a first round with a 72.9 scoring average, but only 11 players remained at level-or-better after a second round that played over a full shot tougher (74.2).
James Leow, The General, chips in on Hole 12 for ??
Leow is currently EVEN this week (thru 5 holes in R2) at the PAC-12 Championship??
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The teams get to sleep in a bit on Tuesday, with ASU starting at 11:12 a.m. PT while team leader Ballester tees at 12:12 p.m. ASU will tee with Washington and Stanford, as the Cardinal are in third at 2-over 712 (359-353).
2022 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
ALDARRA GOLF CLUB
PAR 71/6,979 YARDS
FIRST TWO ROUNDS
TEAM LEADER BOARD
Arizona State 346-364=710/E
Oregon State 357-372=729/+19
Washington State 363-362=745/+35
INDIVIDUAL LEADER BOARD/SUN DEVIL SCORES/PLACE
1. Barclay Brown, Stanford 68-67=135/-7
5. Josele Ballester 68-70=138/-4
T9. Preston Summerhays 71-71=142/E
T9. Mason Andersen 69-73=142/E
T12. James Leow 70-73=143/+1
T40. Ryggs Johnston 70-77=147/+5
T53. Camerson Sisk 69-81=150/+8
COACH THURMOND HAS THREE RINGS: Sun Devil head coach Matt Thurmond earned three Pac-10 titles in his 14 years at Washington, as the Huskies claimed the team title in 2010, 2009 and 2005. UW had not won the Pac-12 title since 1988 prior to its 2005 championship.
PAC-10/12 SUCCESS AT ASU: Arizona State has won 12 Pac-10 titles in its 42 chances, including a conference record six straight from 1995-2000. In addition to the six straight Pac-10 titles, ASU's other six Pac-10 titles were in 1979 (its first year in the league), 1981, 1989, 1990, 1993 and 2008. ASU tied for the league title in 2005 with Washington but lost on a tiebreaker formula, and the league decided to go to a playoff format after that season.
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