Men's Golf Travels to Fighting Illini Invitational
Olympia Fields, Ill. – Arizona State Men's Golf hits the road this weekend to the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club hosted by the University of Illinois.
The Sun Devils will send Josele Ballester, Ryggs Johnston, Michael Mjsaaseth, Preston Summerhays, and Luke Potter to Illinois.
COACH THURMOND ON EXCITEMENT FOR THIS WEEKEND
"We're happy about the way we played the first week and it was a nice start for us, but you couldn't have a more different setting and competition. To go the Midwest and play a super tough course is a whole different challenge for us. We're ASU; we need to be able to play in all conditions and in all places so it's a big test for us. We had success there last year but it's a whole new challenge and I hope the guys are not thinking it's going to be easy."
ASU's top performers from last weekend were the team veterans. Johnston's top five showing paced ASU while Summerhays was 8-under 202 (67-65-70) and tied for 13th. Named to Haskins Award Watch List prior to the season, Summerhays birdied his last five holes of the tournament.
POTTER'S PRISTINE PUTTING
Luke Potter's ASU debut did not disappoint. He carded 5-under 205 (68-67-70) to finish in a tie for 24th overall. He led The Sun Devils in birdies Friday with seven including four of his last five holes.
MJSAASETH BREAKS INTO THE LINEUP
Michael Mjsaaseth will compete in his first team competition for The Sun Devils this weekend. The true-freshman played in the individual tournament at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, finishing 14-under par and tying for the win in his first ASU appearance.
COACH SUTTON ON MICHAEL MJSAASETH BREAKING INTO THE LINEUP
"We are very excited about Michael. He is an interesting situation in that midway through the Maui Jim qualifying round he got called up to play in the World Amateur Championships in Paris. He was unable to play in the qualifier, but he proved himself not only in the individual field tying for first but also in the World Amateur Championship where he came in the top 10. We're very excited to have him in the lineup, and he's playing some great golf right now."
LAST TIME AT OLYMPIA FIELDS
ASU competed at the Fighting Illini Invitational last fall for the first time since 2006, finishing second and three strokes back of the win. Ballester, Johnston and Summerhays all competed in the tournament last season. Johnston was best placed, tying for 53rd overall.
The 15-team field includes Pac-12 foes Arizona and Stanford. 11 of the 15 squads were either ranked or receiving votes in the first GCAA Coaches Top-25 Poll released on Friday, September 9.
ASU opened its 2022 Fall slate at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate last weekend. The Sun Devils were paced by Ryggs Johnston, who finished tied for fifth individually, carding a 12-under 198 (67-65-66). Additionally, Gabe Salvanaera was 4-under par for the tournament including a 7-under 63 Saturday. The mark was tied for the fourth lowest round ever by a Sun Devil.
Arizona State carded the lowest three-round tournament score in program history with an 800 (271-257-272). Saturday's 257 card was the lowest team round score ever.