May 1, 2013
The Arizona State men's golf team took 5th-place Wednesday from the Pac-12 Championships at Los Angeles Country Club, aided by two freshmen who continue to impress for the Sun Devils. Max Rottluff and Jon Rahm both finished in the top 10, who look to carry over their success to the NCAA Regional hosted by ASU in Tempe, Ariz. ASU also won the Territorial Cup Point over Arizona, as it now leads 8.5-to-6.5 in the standings.
Getting It Done
The Sun Devils (268-262-354-372-1456) finished in 5th-place after an impressive showing. They proved just how good they could be, tying for the best team round of the day with No. 3 ranked UCLA during Tuesday's third round. UCLA went on to finish the tournament in 2nd-place. Over that round, Arizona State golfers shot an average score of 71.5, ousting the field by a wide margin, which shot an average of 74.69.
ASU finished the tournament at 56-over-par, only two strokes behind Stanford for 4th-place. It shot 17 strokes better than the next best school, Oregon, which finished in 6th.
For the first time all year and coming at the right time, two Sun Devils finished inside the top 10, led by Max Rottluff. Rottluff finished tied for 7th-place at 2-over-par (67-73-68-74-282), missing out on a top five finish by one stroke. He had three birdies on the day, including back-to-back on holes 13 and 14, but his 4-over-par round slipped him back from his 3rd-place position to begin the day.
Jon Rahm, who remains in the running for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, came home with a 10th-place finish after shooting a final score of 5-over 285 (75-67-68-75-285). It was a tale of two halves for Rahm, who shot second and third rounds at a combined 5-under, but struggled to open and conclude his tournament. He had four birdies on the day after recording six of ASU's 22 birdies on Tuesday.
It was a good tournament but I am definately not satisfied with my scores Just rest a couple of days and get some work done before regionals— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@littleJRmaza) May 1, 2013
With its 5th-place finish, the Sun Devils secured another Territorial Cup point over the University of Arizona. ASU fared much better than their in-state rivals, finishing 30 strokes and three positions ahead of them.
Spencer Lawson (76-74-75-72-297) had an impressive outing Wednesday as well, climbing 11 positions on the leaderboard. He shot his best round of the tournament at 2-over-par, and finished tied for 37th.
Trey Kaahanui (73-74-74-78-299), after a stellar first three rounds, could not string together a fourth consecutive solid outing. He dropped from his 31st-place starting position coming into the final round, but still finished tied for 42nd and earned valuable experience as another freshman with a bright future in the Sun Devil program. He concluded at 19-over-par.
Austin Quick (77-74-71-78-300) finished at 20-over-par, good enough for a tie in 45th-place. After firing his best round of 1-over during the third round he could not match his own success Wednesday, but his experience could be the difference for ASU as it heads into the Regional Championships.
The fourth freshman of the group, Alberto Sanchez (80-77-73-73-303), took home 52nd-place. Sanchez got his game on track over the tournament's final two rounds, shooting back-to-back rounds of 3-over-par 73. His good play to conclude the tournament could be good news for the Sun Devils.
No. 1 ranked Cal (338-357-361-350-1406) took home the trophy, leading the way and exerting its dominance throughout. They finished nine strokes ahead of 2nd-place UCLA and a whopping 26 strokes ahead of 3rd-place Washington.
Max Homa and Michael Weaver of Cal finished one-two at the top of the leaderboard respectively. Homa shot 9-under-par while Weaver was at 4-under-par. Anton Arboleda and Chris Williams of UCLA and Washington finished in 3rd and 4th-place.
Next on the schedule is the NCAA Regional Championships, hosted by ASU from Tempe, Ariz. The tournament will run from May 16-18, with the first round's tee time set for 7:00 a.m. (PT).