Sun Devils Finish 3rd at Pac-12 Championship; Secure Territorial Cup

Jon Rahm finished tied for 6th at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash., at Palouse Ridge GC, April 27-29, 2015. Photo Courtesy of pac12.com

Jon Rahm finished tied for 6th at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash., at Palouse Ridge GC, April 27-29, 2015. Photo Courtesy of pac12.com

By: Kayla Mortellaro

PHOENIX, Ariz.— Arizona State had a nine shot lead heading in to the final round of the Pac-12 Championship held in Pullman, Washington at Palouse Ridge Golf Course.

The weather elements that included a 50 degree day and winds up to 15-25 mph, plus a blistering hot Stanford team contributed to the Sun Devils being surpassed for the title. Stanford won the event finishing -4 (1396) for four days over Oregon, +10 (1410) and ASU in third at +11 (1411).

ASU was considered the favorite heading in to the event as they were the number three ranked team in the nation as well has having the number one ranked amateur in the world, Jon Rahm, on the team.

The six player-count five format is different than most of the team tournament events that usually are played as a five player- count four scores.

Broc Johnson led the way for the Devils shooting scores of 69-72-65-73= 279 to finish in fifth place. Rahm finished tied for sixth (70-68-74-68= 280), Max Rottluff finished tied for 19th (75-68-67-75= 285), Nicolo Galletti tied for 26th (70-74-67-76= 287), Ki Taek Lee tied for 31st (73-70-70-76= 289) and Alberto Sanchez tied for 34th (72-73-73-72= 290).

The Sun Devils were seeking their 13th Pac-10/12 title on Washington State’s home course that played 7,257 yards and a par 70.

The Stanford Cardinal surged ahead on the final day with a course-record setting performance by Maverick McNealy. McNealy shot a final round 61 (65-68-68-61= 262) to finish in first place individually and help the Cardinal capture the Pac-12 Championship.

According to the updated rankings by Golfweek, ASU is now the sixth ranked team in the country behind Illinois, Florida State, Texas, Vanderbilt and Stanford.

ASU certainly had high expectations but the third place finish was good enough to seal the Territorial Cup against the University of Arizona, who finished 9th in the championship. The Sun Devils earned the necessary 10.5 points to gain the bragging rights over the Wildcats for the second consecutive year.

The regular season for the Devils included five team tournament titles, three 2nd place finishes, one 3rd place, one 4th place and one 6th place finish. Individually, the one-two punch for ASU all season long was Rahm and Rotluff. Rahm captured two tournament titles that included the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Rahm also competed and finished tied for fifth in the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. In addition, Rotluff captured two individual titles and didn’t finish outside the top-20.

The Sun Devils will have to shrug off the disappointment to compete in the NCAA Regional tournament held May14-16. Next up, the NCAA will announce the regional selections May 4 on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive at 7:00 a.m. local time.

Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Stanford 362 348 346 340 1396
1 Maverick McNealy (1) 65 68 68 61 262
T11 Franklin Huang (6) 73 70 67 71 281
T15 David Boote (2) 75 69 69 70 283
T26 Viraat Badhwar (3) 75 70 74 68 287
T40 Patrick Grimes (5) 74 71 74 72 291
71 Jeffrey Swegle (4) 0 72 68 70 210
2 Oregon 357 360 349 344 1410
2 Aaron Wise (3) 65 70 70 67 272
T6 Zach Foushee (2) 70 74 68 68 280
T19 Brandon McIver (1) 74 74 68 69 285
T23 Jonathan Woo (5) 72 69 71 74 286
T44 Thomas Lim (4) 76 73 72 73 294
52 Nigel Lett (6) 76 74 79 67 296
3 Arizona State 354 351 342 364 1411
5 Broc Johnson (6) 69 72 65 73 279
T6 Jon Rahm (1) 70 68 74 68 280
T19 Max Rottluff (2) 75 68 67 75 285
T26 Nicolo Galletti (3) 70 74 67 76 287
T31 Ki Taek Lee (5) 73 70 70 76 289
T34 Alberto Sanchez (4) 72 73 73 72 290
4 Southern California 355 344 361 357 1417
T6 Sean Crocker (2) 72 68 72 68 280
T17 Rico Hoey (1) 68 74 69 73 284
T23 Jonah Texeira (3) 73 69 73 71 286
T26 Bobby Gojuangco (5) 70 69 76 72 287
T40 Paul Smith (6) 75 67 76 73 291
T44 Eric Sugimoto (4) 72 71 71 80 294
5 Washington 363 353 357 362 1435
T6 Cheng-Tsung Pan (1) 70 70 70 70 280
T13 Corey Pereira (2) 71 69 68 74 282
T34 Frank Garber (4) 73 73 72 72 290
43 Jordan Lu (5) 76 71 76 70 293
T44 Jonathan Sanders (3) 75 71 71 77 294
T54 Chris Babcock (6) 74 72 76 76 298
6 Oregon State 361 357 357 363 1438
T11 Kevin Murphy (2) 68 72 72 69 281
T19 Alex Franklin (1) 68 67 71 79 285
T31 Tyler Carlson (4) 75 73 69 72 289
T49 Conner Kumpula (5) 74 75 73 73 295
53 Brian Jung (3) 79 74 72 72 297
T56 Jonas Liebich (6) 76 71 75 77 299
7 California 359 361 356 364 1440
T6 K.K. Limbhasut (5) 70 69 66 75 280
T13 Shotaro Ban (1) 67 71 73 71 282
T31 Sebastian Crampton (4) 77 71 71 70 289
T34 Keelan Kilpatrick (6) 72 75 71 72 290
T56 Ben Doyle (3) 73 75 75 76 299
72 Alexander Wilson (2) 81 0 79 77 237
8 UCLA 364 358 358 362 1442
T3 Jonathan Garrick (1) 69 72 70 65 276
T23 Manav Shah (6) 72 72 70 72 286
T34 Preston Valder (5) 75 70 71 74 290
T40 Jake Knapp (3) 74 70 73 74 291
T56 Matt Pinizzotto (2) 74 74 74 77 299
68 Brandon Mai (4) 76 87 74 77 314
9 Arizona 372 364 359 351 1446
T3 George Cunningham (1) 71 70 68 67 276
T34 Jacob Kreuz (3) 73 74 72 71 290
T44 Brenden Redfern (4) 72 74 78 70 294
T49 Alex McMahon (2) 77 73 72 73 295
T54 Max Donohue (5) 79 73 76 70 298
T59 Peter Kyo won Koo (6) 79 76 71 74 300
10 Washington State 363 347 366 377 1453
T15 Derek Bayley (3) 69 65 75 74 283
T17 Michael Anderson (2) 67 70 70 77 284
T29 Sang Lee (1) 74 68 73 73 288
T49 Nick Mandell (6) 74 71 74 76 295
62 Brian Mogg (5) 79 73 74 77 303
69 Alex Wagner (4) 80 75 83 84 322
11 Colorado 374 365 361 359 1459
T19 Yannik Paul (3) 72 71 74 68 285
T29 Jeremy Paul (2) 76 74 69 69 288
T34 Philip Juel-Berg (4) 74 73 73 70 290
61 David Oraee (1) 77 75 75 74 301
65 Ethan Freeman (5) 75 75 78 78 306
66 Drew Trujillo (6) 85 72 70 80 307
12 Utah 382 376 382 375 1515
T44 Max McGrail (3) 78 74 71 71 294
T59 Brandon Kida (1) 76 74 75 75 300
63 Jonathon Thomas (2) 74 79 76 75 304
64 Jack Maerki (4) 74 75 78 78 305
67 Steven Croft (5) 80 74 82 76 312
70 Brent Pollock (6) 80 83 93 84 340