May 4, 2007
ASU HOSTS NCAA WEST REGIONAL: The Arizona State University men's golf team plays host to the NCAA West Regional held May 17-19 (Thursday-Saturday) at ASU's Karsten Golf Course (par-72, 7,057 yards).
TEAMS AND PLAYERS: The 27 teams and six individuals will play 18 holes each day.
The teams are seeded in the following order with Golfweek rankings after name. Also included are some NCAA notes and the conference champions, who earned automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Regionals, are noted:
1. Stanford, #2 ranked by Golfweek, 6-time NCAA champion with last coming in 1994
2. UCLA, #8, 1988 national champion
3. UNLV, #9, 1998 national champion
4. USC, #5, 2007 Pacific-10 Conference champion
5. East Tennessee State, #13, 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference
6. Brigham Young, #15, 2007 Mountain West Conference
7. Arizona State, #19, 1990 and 1996 national champion and five-time NCAA West Regional champion.
8. Wake Forest, #21, 1974, 1975 and 1986 national champion
9. Arizona, #22, 1992 national champion
10. UC Irvine, #38, 2007 Big West Conference champion, made NCAA championship in 1992 and 2001
11. South Carolina, #33, best NCAA championship finish was eighth in 1988
12. Washington, #35, finished third at 2005 NCAA Championship
13. Vanderbilt, #46, advanced to NCAA championship twice (2003 and 2004)
14. Augusta State, #40
15. Pepperdine, #41, 2007 West Coast Conference, 1997 national champion
16. San Diego State, #48, last NCAA championship appearance was in 2005
17. New Mexico, #52, 39 appearances in NCAA championship
18. Oregon State, #60, last made NCAA championship in 2001
19. Colorado State, #65, only NCAA championship was in 1999
20. Oregon, #57, last NCAA championship was in 2003, won 2007 ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course April 13-15.
21. California, #54, 2004 NCAA champion, its only appearance in past six years in NCAA championship
22. Nevada, #83, 2007 Western Athletic Conference champion, made NCAA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2006
23. Denver #81, trying for first NCAA championship since 1960
24. Pennsylvania, #165, 2007 Ivy Group champion, three NCAA championship appearances (1947, 1948 and 1965)
25. Detroit, #179, 2007 Horizon League champion, three NCAA championship appearances (1947, 1951, 1955)
26. Bucknell, #229, 2007 Patriot League champion, two NCAA championship appearances (1957 and 1961)
27. Monmouth, #249, 2007 Northeast Conference champion, trying for first NCAA championship
Individuals: 1. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount 2. Dustin Pimm, Utah 3. Darrin Hall, San Diego 4. Michael McRae, St. Mary's (California) 5. Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly 6. Thomas Petersson, Pacific
LIVE SCORING: Live scoring of the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2007 NCAA Championships held in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (hosted by Virginia Commonwealth).
2006 NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Arizona and Florida tied for the NCAA West Regional title last year in Tucson while ASU tied for third. ASU has won or tied for the West Regional title five times (three of the past nine seasons).
ADMISSION: Admission is free to the event, as practice rounds begin on Wednesday at 7 a.m.
*Wednesday, May 16: Practice rounds from 7 a.m. to 11:40 p.m. in order of seed.
*Thursday, May 17: First round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees and the last group tees at 1:13 p.m.
*Friday, May 18: Second round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees and the last group tees at 1:07 p.m.
*Saturday, May 19: Third and final round, play begins at 6:30 a.m. from both No. 1 and No. 10 tees (Last group at 1:07 p.m., leaders tee off early)
BEST IN THE NATION: ASU senior and 2007 co-Pac-10 Player of the Year Niklas Lemke, who is completing his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies this semester, is currently the nation's top-ranked player according to Golfstat and is second in the Golfweek rankings. He has posted a 69.87 stroke average in 10 tournaments, which is tied for the school mark set by Paul Casey in 1999-2000. Lemke earned medalist honors at the 2006 Illini Invitational (Sept. 24-25) and at the 2007 National Invitational (April 2-3). He has eight top-five finishes on the year and 12 top-10 finishes in his 46-tournament career (72.15 stroke average). In postseason tournaments, he finished second (2006 and 2007), tied for seventh (2005) and 13th (2004) in his Pac-10 championships and tied for fifth (2006), tied for 56th (2005) and tied for 43rd (2004) in NCAA West Regional action. In NCAA Championship action, he has finished tied for 48th (2006), tied for 19th (2005) and tied for 105th (2004). He earned third-team All-America honors last year and honorable mention in 2005.
LOW ROUNDS, HIGH APR: The ASU men's golf team is one of two Sun Devil programs to post perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate scores in the most recent listings, along with women's tennis. The NCAA recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores in late April.
ASU HEAD COACH Randy Lein: Randy Lein has coached 61 tournament victories in his 25 seasons, tutored 53 All-Americans and added the top accolade in collegiate golf in 1995-96 - the NCAA title - to his collection as the Sun Devils won the title in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a three-stroke victory over UNLV at the Honors Course. In his 15th season as ASU's coach, Lein has guided ASU to 39 tournament victories (including a school record six in 1995-96), seven Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional wins (three of the past nine) and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAAs including the 1996 title. In addition, Lein has tutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares and 14 All-Americans (32 occasions): Todd Demsey (3), Chris Hanell (3), Paul Casey (3), Cade Stone, Chris Stutts, Joey Snyder (2), Scott Johnson (2), Darren Angel (2), Jeff Quinney (3), Matt Jones (2), Chez Reavie (3), Alejandro Canizares (4), Niklas Lemke (2) and Benjamin Alvarado Holley (1). He has won Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year five times (1993, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000) while at ASU and twice at USC (1980 and 1986). Lein (pronounced "Line") is a 1975 graduate of Cal State Northridge.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF YEAR: Niklas Lemke earned co-Pac-10 Player of the Year after finishing second at the Pac-10 Championships for the second straight year. He joined an impressive list of Sun Devils who have won the honor including Scott Watkins (1979 co-player of the year), Dan Forsman (1981 co-player of the year), Billy Mayfair (1987), three-time NCAA champion Phil Mickelson (1990, 1991 and 1992), 1993 NCAA Champion Todd Demsey (1994), three-time Pac-10 champion Paul Casey (2000), 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (2001 co-player of the year) and 2003 NCAA champion and four-time All-American Alejandro Canizares. Canizares was the 2006 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year and earned the honor outright in 2005, the first player to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Stanford's Tiger Woods in 1995-96. It marked the sixth time (by five players) that Randy Lein has coached the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year in his 15 seasons as ASU's mentor.
ASU'S BEST: After 10 tournaments this year, both Niklas Lemke and Benjamin Alvarado Holley have a chance to move into the top-10 in terms of single-season scoring average in ASU history. Lemke enters the NCAA West Regional with a 69.87 mark, while Alvarado Holley has a 71.19 average.
ASU MEN'S GOLF SCORING AVERAGES (1987-2007) Rk. Name, Events Year Average 1. Niklas Lemke, 10 2006-07 69.87 1. Paul Casey, 10 1999-2000 69.87 3. Phil Mickelson, 12 1991-92 69.95 4. Phil Mickelson, 11 1990-91 70.08 5. Billy Mayfair, 13 1986-87 70.59 6. Phil Mickelson, 14 1989-90 70.82 7. Chez Reavie, 14 2003-04 71.05 8. Benjamin Alvarado Holley, 9 2006-07 71.19 9. Alejandro Canizares, 13 2005-06 71.22 10. Alejandro Canizares, 14 2003-04 71.38 11. Chris Hanell, 13 1996-97 71.44 12. Matt Jones, 12 2000-01 71.46 13. Alejandro Canizares, 14 2004-05 71.65 13. Alejandro Canizares, 8 2002-03 71.65
TOP FIVE: After 10 tournaments this year, Niklas Lemke has posted eight top-five finishes and 12 in his career. Lemke's eight top-five finishes is among the best in recent ASU history.
ASU MEN'S GOLF TOP-FIVE FINISHES (2000-2007) 1. Niklas Lemke, 10 events, 2006-07, 8 top five finishes 2. Matt Jones, 12, 2000-01, 6 2. Paul Casey, 10, 1999-2000, 6 4. Alejandro Canizares, 13, 2005-06, 5 4. Chez Reavie, 14, 2003-04, 5 6. Niklas Lemke, 13, 2005-06, 4
ASU IN THE WEST REGIONALS: ASU has won or tied for the title in the NCAA West Regional five times and has won the event in three of the past eight seasons.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONS Year Champ ASU Finish Individual Champion 1989 Arizona 2nd Robert Gamez (Arizona) 1990 UNLV 3rd* Hub Goyen (UNLV) 1991 ASU/UA T1st *Warren Schutte (UNLV) 1992 Arizona* 2nd Harry Rudolph (Arizona) 1993 Arizona 2nd Manny Zerman (Arizona) 1994 UNLV 2nd Edward Fryatt (UNLV) 1995 ASU 1st Mike Sauer (New Mexico) 1996 Stanford 2nd* *Tiger Woods (Stanford) 1997 UNLV 2nd Aaron Oberholser (SJ St.) 1998 ASU/UNM T1st Paul Casey (ASU) 1999 ASU 1st Jeff Quinney (ASU) 2000 Arizona T6th Michael Beard (Pepperdine) 2001 ASU 1st Matt Jones (ASU), Kyle Thompson (South Carolina) 2002 UNM/UW 20th Ricky Barnes (UA), Justin Smith (Minnesota) 2003 UCLA 5th Michael Letzig (UNM) 2004 UCLA 4th Travis Johnson (UCLA) 2005 UNLV T4th Rob Grube (Stanford) 2006 Florida/UA T3rd Billy Horschel (Florida), Casey Watabu (Nevada) *Eventual NCAA Champion
REGIONAL STREAK: Counting its appearance in the 19 years a NCAA Regional has been staged (1989-2007), ASU has made 24 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the sixth-longest active streak in the nation. ASU has advanced to the NCAA Championships 21 of the past 22 seasons (1984-2005), missing only in 2002, and in 40 of the past 42 seasons (1964-2005), missing prior to 2002 in 1983.
Longest Active NCAA Tournament Appearance Oklahoma State, 1947-07, 61 years USC, 1971-07, 37 Texas, 1978-07, 30 Oklahoma, 1981-07, 27 Clemson, 1982-07, 26 Arizona State, 1984-07, 24 Georgia Tech, 1985-07, 23
*Note: List includes NCAA Championship prior to 1989 and reaching at least NCAA Regionals from 1989-2007.
PAC-10 HONORS: Senior Niklas Lemke (Linkoping, Sweden) earned Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year with USC's Jamie Lovemark. Benjamin Alvarado Holley (Santiago, Chile), who was one of just two freshmen honored with first- or second-team honors last year, again earned second-team accolades in 2007. It marked the sixth time (by five players) that ASU's Randy Lein has coached the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year in his 15 seasons as ASU's mentor.
ACADEMICALLY: Arizona State men's golfers Niklas Lemke (B.I.S., Sociology and Family Studies), Fredrik Andersson (B.S., Economics) and Phil Telliard (B.A. Communication) will bring the number of Sun Devils to earn their undergraduate degrees under 15th-year head coach Randy Lein to 46 next weekend when ASU holds its annual spring commencement. Lemke, a two-time All-American who has eight top-five finishes this year, joins former All-Americans such as Alejandro Canizares (B.I.S., Landscape Architecture/Sociology in 2006 and 2003 NCAA champion), Todd Demsey (B.A., Psychology in 1995 and 1993 NCAA Champion) and Jeff Quinney (B.S. Finance in 2002 and 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion) as the top names on the list.
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