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Three more Sun Devils on 2008 PGA Tour


December 03, 2007

When you think of Sun Devil men's golf, Phil Mickelson will always be the first one that people think of, and rightfully so. It makes for some fun pairings when he is joined by Paul Casey, Billy Mayfair or Jeff Quinney. You can add Pat Perez and Joey Snyder as another pair of former Sun Devils who have been on the PGA Tour recently.

In 2008, some tournaments might have the feel of a Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course.

Because in a crazy month for ASU men's golf, five of the 51 players who earned PGA Tour full-time status for this year via Q-School or Nationwide Tour are Sun Devils.

Three more former Sun Devils earned their 2008 PGA Tour cards the hardest way possible, by finishing in the top 25 at the grueling six-round Q-School Tournament that ended Monday. Jin Park (fourth), Todd Demsey (eighth) and Alejandro Canizares (23rd) earned their cards over a long weekend, while Chez Reavie and Matt Jones previously earned cards with solid Nationwide Tour finishes.

Jin Park Click here for Jin Park PGA Biography played at ASU from 1997-2001 and competed in 47 tournaments and had a career stroke average of 73.65 with 10 rounds in the 60s. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2001 and helped lead ASU to Pac-10 titles from 1998-2000. He finished fourth at the tournament.

Todd Demsey (B.A. in psychology in 1995) was the 1994 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the 1993 NCAA champion. He has battled back from a health scare (see story link above) as he finished eighth. He also won the 1993 Pacific Coast Amateur, the 1995 Dave Williams Award, was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection for four straight years (1992-1995) and a three-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic pick from 1993-1995. He was ASU's 1995 Pac-10 Medal winner and played on the 1993 Walker Cup team and in the 1994 World Amateur.

Alejandro Canizares (click on his name for complete ASU bio) has had success on the European Tour since leaving ASU as a four-time All-American after the 2006 season, and he held on for the 23rd spot.