The Arizona State men's golf team is tied for second with Oregon at 14-under 562 (281-281) after 36 holes on Monday at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at Sonoma Golf Club in Sonoma, Calif. Host California ran away for the first-day lead at 35-under 541 (268-273). BYU is at 12-under 564 (290-274), while Minnesota is in fifth at 7-under 569 (286-283). Each of the five Sun Devils had a birdie in the event, which will conclude Tuesday.
Sophomore Jon Rahm, the 2012-13 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year who also earned honorable mention All-America honors last year, is in the hunt for the individual title at 8-under 136 (67-69). Rahm is tied for fourth, while Joel Stalter of California is at 11-under 133 (64-69).
Junior Broc Johnson fired a 67 in the second round and is at 4-under 140 and tied for 12th. Both Albert Sanchez (70-74) and Mathias Schjoelberg (71-73) are tied for 27th at even-par 144, while Austin Quick is tied for 44th at 3-over 147 (75-72). Sanchez had the second-best effort of the first two rounds on the par-5 holes as he shot 7-under.
ASU is looking to continue to build the momentum it has this fall, as it is 28-2 in head-to-head competition with second-place finishes at the Kikkor Invitational in Seattle and the Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque. In both tournaments, ASU was behind only the host school in the final results.
ASU next competes in the Bill Cullum Invitational Oct. 21-22 in Simi Valley, Calif., before finishing its fall schedule at the Hawaii Kauai Invitational Nov. 4-6. ASU will open its spring schedule in Waikoloa, Hawaii, Feb. 4-6, at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate.
EAGLE UPDATE: Jon Rahm’s nine eagles last year was tied for the best mark in the nation with Xander Schauffele of San Diego State. That also was the most by a Sun Devil in the past 20 seasons, topping Paul Casey’s eight eagles in his freshman season of 1997-98. Jon had three of them in the Tucker Invitational in late September and posted one in the first round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, bringing his career total to 13. Since Golfstat began tracking in 1993-94, only four Sun Devils have more career eagles than Jon Rahm.
MOST SUN DEVIL CAREER EAGLES (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
Scott Pinckney (2007-11), 16
Niklas Lemke (2003-07), 16
Alejandro Canizares (2002-06), 15
Paul Casey (1997-2001), 14
Jon Rahm (2012-present), 13
BACK IN GOLF WORLD POLL: The Sun Devils returned to the Golf World poll this fall, sharing the No. 20 position with Auburn. It marked the first Golf World top-25 ranking since ASU was No. 23 on Oct. 4, 2010. ASU wants to get back to where it once was with regards to rankings. ASU has been in 65 of the 105 polls Golf World has published since it started rankings in 2001-02. It reached No. 2 on Oct. 19, 2009, was in the top-five seven times (last time was Nov. 30, 2009) and was in the top-10 33 times (last was on May 24, 2010).
Each Sun Devil Gets An Eagle In Sonoma
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics