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Men's Golf Looking Towards Top Step with 2022-23 Schedule

Jul 19, 2022
Coach Matt Thurmond and 2022 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Preston Summerhays will start the season in Arizona and hope to finish it with a championship in Arizona as well.

Fresh off a NCAA runner-up appearance, Arizona State men's golf head coach Matt Thurmond has announced the schedule he believes will position the Sun Devils for a run to the top step.

ASU will compete in seven states and two countries as the Sun Devils travel to Mexico for the fourth time in five years.

"Once again we will be playing one of the most competitive schedules you can possibly play," says Coach Thurmond.  "From Hawaii, to Mexico, and through Texas and Illinois, and all the way to Florida, there isn't anywhere we won't go.  Several of our courses are PGA TOUR level courses and venues.  We travel far and wide to return right back here to Arizona for the Thunderbird Collegiate in April and the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk for one more time.
 
"The schedule is a mix of grasses, time zones, temperatures, course types, and competitive fields and will push our guys to adapt and learn and be able perform in any and all circumstances.  We can't wait to get started and especially look forward making another run at an NCAA Championships here in Arizona." 

 

MAUI JIM INVITATIONAL (SEPT 9-11)/SCOTTSDALE. AZ/DESERT MOUNTAIN OUTLAW COURSE HOSTED BY GEORGIA STATE
For the first time since taking the championship in 2019, ASU will compete at the Maui Jim Invitational. The Sun Devils were paced by Cameron Sisk in 2019, who took the individual crown with rounds of 64-67-65, good for 14-under 196. The total was the third lowest three-round score in Arizona State history. ASU placed three student-athletes in the top five with Chun An Yu and Won Jun Lee tying for third at nine-under par.


The Sun Devils produced an 11-under 269, good for five strokes better than the next best on the day and pushed them to a seven stroke victory after starting the round stroke back of Arizona.

FIGHTING ILLINI INVITATIONAL (SEPT. 16-18)/CHICAGO, IL/OLYMPIA FIELDS 
The Sun Devils competed in the Fighting Illini Invitational in the fall of 2021 for the first time since 2006 where Niklas Lemke won the individual title with a 66 in the final round. Cameron Sisk and David Puig paced the second-place Sun Devils with a tie for second place individually, each carding two under-par. The team shot 55-over 845 (285-279-281) and was only two strokes behind the North Carolina Tar Heels.

COLONIAL COLLEGIATE (OCT. 3-4)/FORT WORTH, TX/COLONIAL GOLF CLUB
ASU will be making a trip to Texas for the second consecutive year. Last year, they played at the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational and Cameron Sisk took home the individual title.

EAST LAKE CUP (OCT. 24-26)/ATLANTA, GA/EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB HOSTED BY THE GOLF CHANNEL
A repeat from last season, The Sun Devils will travel to Atlanta in search of an improvement in the match-play style event after last year's one victory by Mason Andersen in the semifinals against Pepperdine.


THE SOUTHWESTERN INVITATIONAL (JAN. 30-FEB. 1)/WESTLAKE, CA/NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB
The 2022 Southwestern was quite kind to the Sun Devils and they are back for more this season. ASU earned its ninth Southwestern Invitational title presented by Topgolf by demolishing the competition by shooting 30-under par in the final two rounds, besting USC's 26-under par in 2016. David Puig picked up his second consecutive medalist honors after carding a 73-70-65=208/-8. ASU wasn't done there on the podium, also landing Cameron Sisk who shot six-under. Preston Summerhays (6th) and Mason Anderson (10th) also finished in the top 10 for The Sun Devils. ASU's ninth victory at the event extended its record for most titles and was its first since 2001.


THE AMER ARI INTERCOLLEGIATE (FEB. 8-10) WAIKOLOA, HI/HAPUNA GOLF COURSE
Last season, Arizona State led after the opening round and finished third in the 31st annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate, with Oklahoma State taking the victory. ASU shot 268-273-281 for 42 under-par and eight strokes by behind the winner. Mason Andersen finished in tie for third, just three strokes off champion Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, who carded a course record 62, 10 under par in the final round.

 

THE CABO COLLEGIATE (MARCH 5-7)/CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO/CABO DEL SOL
Mimicking its 2021-22 slate, ASU will take a three weeks off of competition before heading south of the border to Cabo San Lucas for the Cabo Collegiate.Preston Summerhaysled the way for ASU with a 7-under 206 (72-68-66) as The Devils improved throughout last year's tournament, moving up each of the last two days to finish in a tie for ninth with a 12-under 840 score (295-275-270).


NIT (MARCH 17-18)/TUCSON, AZ/TUCSON NATIONAL
For the first time since early in the 2018-19 campaign, ASU will travel down I-10 to Tucson for the University of Arizona-hosted NIT. 

 

VALSPAR INVITATIONAL (MARCH 27-28)/WEST PALM BEACH, FL/FLORIDA GOLF COURSE HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Another repeat tournament from last season's NCAA Runner-Up finish, ASU will head to West Palm Beach for the Valspar Invitational. After a hot opening round which saw them sitting in second, ASU faded to finish fifth with a 13-under 839 (272-282-285). Best placed for ASU were James Leow and freshman Josele Ballester, who tied for 14th with a 4-under 209.

 

THE CALUSA CUP (APRIL 2-4)/NAPLES, FL/CALUSA PINES HOSTED BY IOWA
The expected field is host Iowa, Arizona State, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Purdue and Ohio State. 

THUNDERBIRD COLLEGIATE (APRIL 14-15)/PHOENIX, AZ/PAPAGO GOLF CLUB
The Sun Devils will host the prestigious Thunderbird Collegiate here in Phoenix, coming off a year where James Leow won the event, adding his name to a prestigious list of champions as he piloted ASU to a second-place team finish. He shot 14-under 199 (67-66-66) that included 9-under on par-5 holes. He tied for the tournament lead with 17 birdies and had a mere five bogeys. Recent Sun Devils to win the iconic Thunderbird Collegiate include Chun An Yu in 2019 and three-time champion Jon Rahm in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ASU was second to Oklahoma, finishing 26-under par (278-271-277) in a field that included four of the top five teams in the country and five of the top 10.

 


  
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 Demseyv- 1995
Larry Barber - 1994
Phil Mickelson - 1992, 1991
Jim Carter - 1984
Mark Sollenberger - 1974


PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (APRIL 28-30)/PALO ALTO, CA/STANFORD GOLF COURSE
ASU finished third at the 2022 Pac 12 Men's Golf Championship, while Josele Ballester finished fourth, carding a 68-70-72-72=282/-2.  Ballester became just the fourth Sun Devil to finish in the top four at the Pac 12 Championship since 2011, joining Ryggs Johnston (T4, 2021), Chun An Yu (T4, 2021) and Jon Rahm (1, 2016).

 

NCAA REGIONAL (MAY 15-17) LOCATION TBD
After a disappointing finish at the Pac 12 Championship, ASU rebounded in a loud and emphatic fashion, shooting 38-under 826 (279-276-271) and had all four student-athletes who competed each day finish in the top 10 individually.  The win was ASU's eighth regional title since 1989 and first since 2016. Mason Andersen paced ASU with a second place finish shooting 60-68-68=206/-10.

 


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP (MAY 26-31)/SCOTTSDALE, AZ/GRAYHAWK GOLF CLUB (RAPTOR COURSE)
Arizona State made an solid run to the 2022 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship on home green, reaching finals and ultimately falling 3-2 against Texas. The runner-up result was the program's best finish nationally since the 1996 championship season and included wins against the defending National Champion and runner-up on the same day, the first occurrence since the National Championship was switched to Match Play format in 2009.

 


To cap an incredible season, head coach Matt Thurmond was the recipient of the 2021-22 Frank Kush Award, an annual honor selected by ASU coaches to honor a peer that inspired them.

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