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Men's Golf Qualifies for NCAA Match-Play
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 05/30/2013
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May 30, 2013


ATLANTA, Ga.--Just a year removed of missing out on postseason competition, second-year head coach Tim Mickelson not only brought the Arizona State men's golf program to NCAA Regional, then NCAA Championships, the team has now finished in the top-eight in the nation and has qualified for the match-play portion of the NCAA team championship. Arizona State will join California, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Texas, Illinois, New Mexico and UNLV in the two-day match-play competition to determine the overall team National Champion.

Freshman Jon Rahm, who opened the NCAA Championships with an unprecedented 61 and 10 birdies, finished the NCAA Championships in a tie for second place with a three-round total of 6-under 204. Rahm's second-place finish is the highest for any Arizona State golfer at Nationals since fellow Spaniard Alejandro Canizares took home the NCAA Title in 2003. California's Max Homa took home the NCAA Individual title at 9-under through 54 holes.

At the end of the third round, Arizona State found itself in a four-way tie for sixth place with New Mexico, UNLV and Texas A&M and entering a tiebreaker scenario for the final three spots. With the team's five golfers positioned on holes 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18, the Sun Devils' recorded the third-best cummulative score after each golfer finished their hole to earn the No. 8 seed.

Match play, rather than stroke play which takes the total shots a golfer makes on the course, is a scoring system where golfers go head-to-head to earn a point for the low score on each hole. Players can either win, half (tie) or lose the hole. The best out of 18 holes wins the match and a point for the team. With a team consisting of five players, the best of five matches wins the round. Arizona State is matched-up with Pac-12 opponent California in the first round of match-play competition tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. Arizona State last qualified for match-play in 2009.


Match Play Championship Schedule

Friday, May 31 - Quarterfinals of Match Play
Match 1 - Seed #1 California vs. #8 Arizona State

10:00 a.m. - Michael Weaver vs. Austin Quick
10:09 a.m. - Joel Stalter vs. Max Rottluff
10:18 a.m. - Max Homa vs. Trey Ka'ahanui
10:27 a.m. - Michael Kim vs. Spencer Lawson
10:36 a.m. - Brandon Hagy vs. Jon Rahm

Match 2 - Seed #4 Texas vs. #5 Illinois

10:45 a.m. - Julio Vegas vs. Thomas Detry
10:54 a.m. - Toni Hakula vs. Charlie Danielson
11:03 a.m. - Brandon Stone vs. Thomas Pieters
11:12 a.m. - Kramer Hickok vs. Brian Campbell
11:21 a.m. - Cody Gribble vs. Alex Burge

Match 3 - Seed #2 Georgia Tech vs. #7 UNLV

11:30 a.m. - Seth Reeves vs. Carl Jonson
11:39 a.m. - Shun Yat Hak vs. A.J. McInerney
11:48 a.m. - Bo Andrews vs. Nicholas Maruri
11:57 a.m. - Ollie Schniederjans vs. Kevin Penner
12:06 p.m. - Anders Albertson vs. Kurt Kitayama

Match 4 - #3 Alabama vs. #6 New Mexico

12:15 p.m. - Bobby Wyatt vs. Victor Perez
12:24 p.m. - Trey Mullinax vs. Gavin Green
12:33 p.m. - Scott Strohmeyer vs. Benjamin Bauch
12:42 p.m. - Cory Whitsett vs. John Catlin
12:51 p.m. - Justin Thomas vs. James Erkenbeck 


Saturday, June 1 - Semifinals of Match Play

10 a.m. - Match 1 & 2 winners
10:45 a.m. - Match 3 & 4 winners

Sunday, June 2 - Final Round

10 a.m. - Championship match

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