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Arizona State surges up leaderboard, will be top seed for match play at NCAAs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona State males’s golf staff simply wanted to make match play, meaning ending within the top eight after 72 holes of the NCAA championship. But the Sun Devils weren’t content material to only do this.

Coach Matt Thurmond’s squad surged previous Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to complete atop the leaderboard after the stroke-play portion Monday at Grayhawk Golf Club. Now it’s on to the match-play quarterfinals on Tuesday with ASU to face No. 8 North Carolina, starting at 10:20 a.m. ET.

Other matches will characteristic No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Illinois, No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Pepperdine vs. No. 6 Florida State.

Thurmond is aware of his staff now has to concentrate on the following process.

“It feels great to be heading into match play.” Thurmond mentioned. “People that say just getting to match play is everything probably didn’t finish first. It’s nice. It’s pretty cool to have beaten everybody for four days. It was hard but we had to earn every bit of it. It’s a good feeling but again, in about an hour it doesn’t matter because we’re going to play somebody who’s excited about taking down the No. 1 seed. And we don’t get a head start tomorrow.”

The Sun Devils began the day in third place, 14 strokes behind Oklahoma State and one behind Oklahoma. But ASU managed a staff whole of 5-under 275, the second-best rating of the day behind the scorching 9-under 271 from Pepperdine which leaped up six locations into third.

Oklahoma State imploded to a 12-over 292 for a four-round whole of 1,120 whereas Oklahoma, the top-ranked staff within the nation coming in, was 9-over 289 for a 1,130.

ASU boasted steadiness all through its lineup with senior Chun An Yu posting a team-best 3-under 67 that got here regardless of a bogey on No. 18 the place he went from a bunker to the water. Yu was the fourth totally different Sun Devil to chalk up the low rating of the day this week.

“Today I felt really good. This course plays tough so I was just trying to play smart, not trying to do anything too special. Just one shot at a time. I thought I did a good job today just hitting fairways and greens,” he mentioned.

Three ASU gamers completed within the top 15, led by sophomore Ryggs Johnston who was third at 5-under 275, simply two strokes behind medalist Turk Pettit of Clemson and one behind runner-up Bo Jin of Oklahoma State. Johnston, who had a 7-under 63 within the second spherical on Saturday, went into 18 one stroke off the lead however his tee shot bounced off the cart path and right into a cart. He ended up with a bogey however nonetheless managed a 1-under 69 for the day.

“I’m pretty proud of the way I handled myself today and the whole tournament,” Johnston mentioned. “There were a lot of nerves out there throughout the whole thing. I thought I did really well taking care of that and played some really good golf this week.”

Cameron Sisk was additionally 1-under for the day, placing up a 72-hole whole of 279 which tied him for eighth. He was the mannequin of consistency with 17 pars and one birdie. Mason Andersen rounded out the scoring with a good par 70.

The Sun Devils have been so good that the rating not counting was a nonetheless respectable 2-over 72 from David Puig.

“A lot of teams would have loved to have had that score,” Thurmond mentioned.

There have been two holes-in-one within the fourth spherical, the primary coming from Oklahoma’s Logan McAllister on the par 3, 205-yard No. 5 gap and the second coming from Tyson Reeder of Arkansas on the par 3, 188-yard No. 8 gap. That made three for the week with San Francisco’s Soren Lind acing the No. 5 gap within the first spherical.

Top eight finishers at NCAAs

1. Arizona State -3
2. Oklahoma State E
3. Pepperdine +5
4. Oklahoma +10
5. Illinois +14
6. Florida State +16
7. Vanderbilt +24
8. North Carolina +25

Match play matchups

1. Arizona State vs. 8. North Carolina
7:10 a.m., 1st tee
2. Oklahoma State vs. 7. Vanderbilt
6:20 a.m., 1st tee
3. Pepperdine vs. 6. Florida State
6:20 a.m., tenth tee
4. Oklahoma vs. 5. Illinois
7:10 a.m., tenth tee

Top people

1. Turk Pettit, Clemson -7
2. Bo Jin, Oklahoma State -6
3. Ryggs Johnston, Arizona State -5
4. Michael Feagles, Illinois -4
5. John Pak, Florida State -3

How ASU did

3. Ryggs Johnston, -5
T-8. Cameron Sisk, -1
T-13. Chun An Yu, +2
T-23. Mason Andersen, +4
T-54. David Puig, +12

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