No. 9 men’s golf team struggles in match play

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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For the ASU men’s golf team, inconsistency was king during its first match- play tournament of the season.

The No. 9 Sun Devils traveled to California this week to participate in the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Tournament at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

On Sunday, the team posted an even par score after the first round of the tournament as sophomores Stephan Gross and Jesper Kennegard each shot 1-under, earning the Sun Devils the top spot in the tournament.

Day two was a bit less encouraging. The Sun Devils posted a 25-over par 313, dropping them into a seventh-place tie with Stanford and Middle Tennessee.

Day three offered even less to cheer about. The Sun Devils lost a tiebreaker to No. 16-seed Duke.

ASU coach Randy Lein said he was disappointed with the play of his team.
“We we’re just inconsistent. That was our biggest problem,” he said. “We shot the low round on the first day and couldn’t put it together after that.”

Lein said he was happy with the way the team started the tournament but added that it needs to do a better job finishing tournaments.

“We opened strong, which is what you need to do to be competitive,” Lein said. “We have a fairly young team, but these kids have all been playing golf their whole lives; we just need to keep them consistent.”

Lein said that the match-play format of the tournament was good practice for the team.

“It’s such a different way to play, you’re trying to beat one guy,” he said. “It was good to get that experience though; it’s great practice for the championship tournament, which is also match play.”

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