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Sun Devils finish first day of Men's Pac-10 Championship strong

April 27, 2009

The No. 16 Sun Devils, looking to repeat their championship performance of last year, ended the first day of the Pac-10 Championship on a high note.

After shooting a 15-over par 375 on the first 18 holes, Arizona State began the second round in ninth place. However, with four golfers in the lineup with championship experience, ASU made a furious comeback, carding a 2-over par 362 to finish the day in fourth at 17-over par 737.

Sophomore Jesper Kennegard, a member of last year's title-winning team, shot a team-high 1-over par 145 (72-73), placing him tied for seventh. Knut Borsheim finished tied for 13th after hitting back-to-back 73's, putting him at 2-over par 146. James Byrne (76-73), who earned third in last year's tournament, freshman Chan Kim (78-71) and Scott Pinckney (76-73) all completed the two-round day at 5-over par 149 and tied for 27th. Recently chosen to to participate in the prestigious Palmer Cup, Stephan Gross shot a 6-over par 150 (78-72) to finish tied for 31st.

Sitting fourth, Arizona State trails the University of Washington by 12 strokes, the University of Oregon by six, and Oregon State by just two.

Live scoring for the second day of the Pac-10 Championship, set at the 6,836 yard, par 72 Seattle Golf Club, can be found at