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The Sun Devil men's golf team travels to the 68th annual Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Saturday (36 holes) and Sunday (18 holes), April 12-13. ASU's lineup will include Jon Rahm, Nicolo Galletti, Austin Quick, Broc Johnson, Blake Cannon and Max Rottluff. Trey Ka’ahanui will compete as an individual. The Pasatiempo Golf Club (par-70/6,615 yards) is the host for the 14 teams.
FEELING IT: Jon Rahm’s 69.85 single stroke average is currently the best in Sun Devil history. Paul Casey set the school mark at 69.87 back in 1999-2000, while Phil Mickelson shot 69.95 in 1991-92. Rahm enters the tournament tied for third in the nation in par-5 scoring at 4.52, as only Evan Russell of Hartford (4.50) and Jason Roets of North Texas are better (4.51).
SUN DEVIL SINGLE-SEASON SCORING BESTS (1987-PRESENT)
69.85-Jon Rahm, 2013-14, 9
69.87-Paul Casey, 1999-2000, 10
69.95-Phil Mickelson, 1991-92, 12
70.03-Niklas Lemke, 2006-07, 12
70.08-Phil Mickelson, 1990-1991, 11
70.59-Billy Mayfair, 1986-1987, 13
*Last number is tournaments played.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: ASU has won the Western Intercollagiate tournament four times (1969, 1972, 1974 and 1977), while four times Sun Devils have earned the individual honor. Stan Hobert (1957), Howard Twitty (1972), Lee Mikles (1977) and Scott Watkins (1979)
LAST TIME OUT: Coming off a first-place finish at the Thunderbird Invitational March 21-23, the Arizona State men's golf team notched a third-place mark at Tuesday's conclusion of the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay near Seattle. Jon Rahm finished second at 8-under par 203. The Sun Devils (282-279-286=847) shot a combined 3-over par. Only tournament champion UCLA at 9-under and Washington at 6-under recorded better team scores. Rahm (68-67-68) came into the tournament fresh off a 21-under 1st place individual championship at the Thunderbird Invitational only to barely miss hoisting a championship trophy for his second-straight tournament. He finished three strokes off the individual winner, Grant Forrest, of San Diego.
ABOUT THAT THUNDERBIRD SCORE BY JON: Jon Rahm's 21-under 192 broke the school's 54-hole final score record and the Thunderbird Invitational record, while ASU's 817 was the lowest team score in the history of the tournament.
SUN DEVIL LOWEST 54-HOLE TOURNAMENT FINAL SCORES (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
Jon Rahm, 192/-21 (2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)
Jesper Kennegard, 197/-13 (2008 UH Hilo Invitational)
Benjamin Alvarado, 198/-18 (2007 NCAA West Regional in Tempe)
Alejandro Canizares, 200/-16 (2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)
Jeff Quinney, 201/-15 (1999 ASU Thunderbird Invitational)
EAGLE UPDATE FOR RAHM: Rahm notched two eagles in his final round in the ASU Thunderbird, his NCAA-best eighth and ninth on the year, and now has 18 in his 73-round career. How impressive are the 18 eagles in 73 rounds? Dating back to 1993-94 when Golfstat started tracking college statistics, only three other Sun Devils posted 15 eagles in their careers. While Rahm has 18 eagles in just 73 rounds, 2003 NCAA champion Alejandro Canizares had 15 eagles in 152 career rounds, while Scott Pinckey (121 rounds) and Niklas Lemke (151 rounds) had 16 eagles in their career.
SOME IMPROVEMENT GOING ON HERE: Tim Mickelson took over a program in the summer of 2011 that was 89-86-3 in head-to-head record in the previous year. In 2011-12, the young squad was 62-96-1, but his past two seasons have resulted in rapid improvement. The 2012-13 team that made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship was 125-89-1, and this year’s team is 109-39-3. A look at the past six seasons of head-to-head play for men’s golf.
MEN’S GOLF HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS