March 10, 2013
Second-year head coach Tim Mickelson returns to his neighborhood this week as the Sun Devil men's golf team competes in the San Diego Classic, March 11-12, at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista. The event is co-hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State. Mickelson grew up in San Diego and was the head coach at San Diego prior to coming to ASU in the summer of 2011. The field includes TCU, Texas Tech, Missouri, ASU, Arizona, Oregon State, San Diego, San Diego State, Louisville, Texas-Arlington, Pepperdine, Utah, sixth-ranked NAIA CSU San Marcos and local NAIA squad Point Loma Nazarene. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 on Tuesday.
SUN DEVIL LINEUP
--Freshman Max Rottluff has a 72.83 stroke average and is really playing well as of late, as he has five straight top-10 finishes and has six rounds in the 60s in 12 spring rounds.
--Freshman Jon Rahm leads ASU with a 72.33 stroke average in nine events...won the Bill Cullum Invitational back on Oct. 22-23...averages 4.54 on par-5 holes this year, 13th in the nation according to Golfstat...his five eagles ranks ninth in the nation, while his 93 birdies in fourth-best...as of now his 4.5392 scoring average on par fours is the best by a Sun Devil since Niklas Lemke went 4.4678 in 2006-07. It is the third-best in past 20 years behind only Lemke and Paul Casey (4.5087 in 1999-2000).
SUN DEVIL 8-UNDER ROUNDS (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
1998-99, Jon Rahm, Pac-12 Preview (second round, 64/-8)
2001-02, Pat Moore, ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitatonal (second round, 64/-8)
--Junior Spencer Lawson has played in four events and posted a season-best 68 in the second round of the Arizona Intercollegiate. --Freshman Alberto Sanchez has a 73.46 stroke average in eight events (24 rounds).
--Sophomore and Scottsdale native Austin Quick has competed in 17 career events including seven this season.
--Sophomore Brandon Cloete will play as an individual as it will be his fourth event of the year.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CLASSIC
The San Diego Classic enters its sixth season and third as a two-day, 54-hole event. The tournament has previously served primarily as an opportunity for the local San Diego schools to compete against one another. This is the fourth time and the third year in a row that the San Diego Classic will take place at the San Diego Country Club. The inaugural event took place at the Chula Vista course, but then moved to the La Jolla Country Club in 2009 and then to The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in 2010. It was a one-day, 36-hole tournament up until 2011. The University of San Diego took home the team title in 2008 and 2010, Point Loma Nazarene won in 2009 and SMU finished first in 2011, followed by Washington in 2012.