The Sun Devil Hall of Fame will have a new face—that of four-year golfing sensation Chris Hanell. Through his stay at Arizona State from 1993-97, Hanell became one of the most successful golfers the school has ever seen, racking up records, awards, and victories on the way to individual and team success.
In four years, Hanell competed in 58 tournaments resulting with a 73.07 stroke average. Astoundingly, the Sun Devils captured 16 team titles of those 58 tournaments.
ASU knew it had a star on its hands his freshman season (1993-94), as Hanell played 50 total rounds, tied for most by a Sun Devil in the past 20 seasons. But nobody could predict the success to come.
“I first met Chris in the fall of 1992 as he entered ASU as a freshman,” explained former head coach Randy Lein. “Chris was a very bright young man and was serious about his academics as well as his golf. He was very coachable and had a very competitive attitude.”
Of his total 179 rounds in his career, 79 were par or better, paralleling the team’s overall success.
Most notably, Hanell led the Sun Devils to a 1996 Championship victory. ASU also won the Pac-10 Championship that year, as they did in 1995 and 1997, as well.
What he did individually, though, was nothing short of remarkable. In 1994 and 1995 Hanell was named Honorable Mention All-American. In 1995 he took first at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate and was named First Team All-Pac-10. As the years went on his successes kept mounting.
In 1996-97, Hanell was crowned Golfstat Cup Winner with a 71.44 stroke average. His senior season in 1997 was when awards came piling in.
After winning the Golf Digest Collegiate, he went on to be named First-Team All-American and CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American. He placed himself at the top of the conference, once again earning First-Team All-Pac-10, as well as becoming ASU’s Pac-10 Medal Winner.
“In Chris's senior year he finished every tournament in the top ten and was named National POY,” Lein said. “For Chris to go the entire year without a finish outside the top ten is truly amazing. I do not believe that has ever happened before by any college player.”
To cap off his tale of achievement at Arizona State, he graduated at the end of the 1997 year after earning his B.S. in Marketing.Hanell will be one of seven Sun Devils to be inducted Oct. 12 at halftime of the ASU vs. Colorado football game at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.