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Men's golf concludes season at NCAA Championships


June 03, 2011

The Arizona State men's golf team finished the season in 18th after collecting a combined 35-over par 899 (303-293-303) at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla. The Sun Devils recorded a 15-over par 303 in the third round and were paced by junior Philip Francis, who placed in the top 35.

The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to a three-day match play tournament for the NCAA title.

Francis shot an even par 72 for the second consecutive round to move into a tie for 32nd at 6-over par 222 (78-72-72). The junior moved up 30 spots in the standings after using a birdie on the 16th hole to supplant an early bogey and remain at par.

Senior James Byrne, who eagled the 18th hole, carded a 5-over par 77 and finished in a tie for 50th at 8-over par 224 (74-73-77). Senior Scott Pinckney used a pair of birdies on the first and ninth hole, respectively, to soar 21 spots into a tie for 66th. His third-round 1-over par 73 vaulted his three-day score to 10-over par 226 (73-80-73).

Senior Jesper Kennegard finished at 14-over par 230 (78-68-84) following a 12-over par 84 in the third round and is tied for 94th. Senior Oscar Zetterwall improved his position by two strokes and is tied for 139th with a 27-over par 243 (79-83-81).

UCLA is in first place heading into match play at 8-over par 872 (286-288-298), followed by Georgia Tech with an 11-over par 875 (283-290-302). Oklahoma State (292-293-294) and Illinois (291-287-301) are tied for third at 15-over par 879, while Georgia completes the top five at 20-over par 884 (291-299-297). Ohio State, Augusta State and Duke also finished in the top eight and qualified for match play.

John Peterson of LSU took home individual medalist honors with a 5-under par 211 (74-65-72) after recording an even par 72 on the final day. UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay used a 1-under par in the third round to move into second place at 4-under par 212 (72-69-71), while Michigan's Lion Kim (72-70-73), Texas A&M's Cameron Peck (68-74-73), San Diego State's J.J. Spaun (69-75-71), Augusta State's Patrick Reed (69-75-71) and Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein (73-69-73) tied for third at 1-under par 215.