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Four Sun Devil men's golfers earn All-America Honors


June 08, 2009

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The men's golf team played its best down the stretch, and it paid off in terms of a top-five finish and now its most All-America honorees since 1995.

Junior Knut Borsheim and sophomores Jesper Kennegard, Stephan Gross and Scott Pinckney all earned honorable mention honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

"There is no question all year we felt we had a true 'team' and this is an great indication of that," says Randy Lein, who completed his 17th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program. "All four of these players improved all season long and it showed in their NCAA West Regional championship and finishing second in NCAA stroke play after three rounds."

The four All-Americans is the most since 1995, Todd Demsey earned third-team honors, while Chris Hanell, Scott Johnson and Joey Snyder all earned honorable mention.

Lein has now tutored NCAA medalists Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares and 18 All-Americans (39 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 ReavieAlejandro Canizares (4), Niklas Lemke (3), Benjamin Alvarado Holley (2), Jesper Kennegard (2) and now Knut Borsheim, Stephan Gross and Scott Pinckney. (3),

Borsheim has now appeared in 31 career events and had a 72.83 stroke average this year with three top-10 finishes. He tied for third at both the Thunderbird Invitational and the NCAA West Regional.

Kennegard, who also earned honorable mention last year, now has eight top-10 finishes in 24 career events with a 72.81 stroke average this year. He posted three top-10 finishes and won the NCAA West Regional with a 12-under 204. He also tied for ninth at the NCAA Championships.

Stephan Gross, who just last weekend (June 4-5) helped Europe to the Palmer Cup victory with a 2-0 record in singles, posted a 72.69 stroke average this year with three top-10 finishes. He also tied for medalist honors at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Scott Pinckney tied for 13th at the NCAA Championship and also tied for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. He had three top-10 finishes in 10 events and a 73.12 stroke average.

When comparing it to the other top schools, ASU ranks well. Top-ranked Georgia had five All-Americans, while second-ranked Oklahoma State had four. Only two other schools had more than two, as USC and Washington had three each.