April 30, 2013
The Arizona State men's golf team had a really good day Tuesday at the Los Angeles Country Club in the third round of the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships.
Well, no one was better for starters for a team score (354).
Yes, the third round was the toughest scoring round of the tournament for the 72-man field at 74.69, but the six Sun Devils shot 71.5 from its six players.
The Sun Devils (368-362-354) shot a 4-over-354, which matched UCLA for the best round of the day, and now finds itself in fourth with a 34-over 1,084. Entering the final round on Wednesday, ASU is closer to third (Washington is 28-over) than fifth (Stanford is 42-over). And when it takes the course Wednesday, it will have a 30-stroke lead over Arizona, with the winner getting the Territorial Cup point up for grab in each sport between the schools.
A pair of Sun Devil freshmen continue to impress.
Max Rottluff is a 2-under 208 (67-73-68) and is tied for third, while classmate Jon Rahm, in the running for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is at even-par 210 (75-67-68) and tied for seventh. Cal senior Max Homa shot a 1-over 71 and is 8-under (61-70-71--202) for the championship. He holds a five stroke lead over UCLA freshman Jonathan Garrick, who sits at 3-under (68-68-71--207) after posting a 1-over 71 in round three. Garrick entered the round in a tie for third place.
Rahm had six of ASU's 22 birdies in the round. But the most impressive note for that duo is those two and Stanford's Chris Wilson are the only three players to break par in the third round.
California holds the 54-hole lead heading into the fourth and final round but host UCLA has cut sharply into the Golden Bears' lead.
Freshman Trey Ka'ahanui has done a great job being consistent and is at 11-over 221 (73-74-74), while Austin Quick improved his score by three strokes for the second straight round. He posted a 1-over 71 on Tuesday after going 77-74 in the first two rounds. Spencer Lawson is at 15-over 225 (76-74-75) while Alberto Sanchez has improved each day, from 80 in the first round to 77 in the second to 73 in the third.