After potential inclement weather cancelled the Paintbrush Invitational in Denver, Arizona State men’s golf team scrambled to enter the Alister MacKenzie Inviational, hosted by the University of California Berkeley, where the Sun Devils were defending champions.
The 16-team, 54-hole shotgun began on Monday, Oct. 10, as ASU teed off at 8:15 a.m. with San Jose State, Minnesota and the University of San Diego. All teams played 36-holes on Monday and 18 more on Tuesday.
After the first day, the host team, California, took a commanding seven stroke lead (minus 29) over San Diego State, who sat at minus 22. Santa Clara was sitting in third at minus 20 and ASU in fourth at minus 18.
Paul Chaplet, a freshman for the Sun Devils, led the way for ASU by shooting a 9-under (133) after the first 36-holes to put himself in fifth place individually.
On day two, it seems as if the Meadow Club played harder for all teams besides Cal, who ran away with the tournament. The Golden Bears finished the tournament at -41 after going 12-under on the final day. Taking second place was Santa Clara, who shot 24-under as a team.
Arizona State was able to jump one spot on the second day to secure the third-place finish at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational as the Sun Devils finished 2-under on Tuesday to finish 20-under. San Diego State shot a 3-over (287) on the final day to drop two spots and finish in fourth place overall at minus 19. Nevada and Pepperdine rounded out the top five with a tie at 17-under.
A huge part of California’s success can be attributed to medalist K.K. Limbhast, as he finished 15-under par for the tournament. Sebastian Crampton, also from California, finished tied for second at minus 14. No other team had two individual players in the top eight.
Arizona State was led by Chaplet on day two again, who shot a one-under, 70. Overall, Chaplet tied for seventh individually, which made him medalist for the Sun Devils. The other participants for ASU included Chun An Yu, who finished tied for 14th at 5-under, Alex Del Rey (T-19, minus 4), Mason Andersen (T-41, plus 2) and Blake Wagoner (52, plus 4).
The Sun Devils will close out their fall season at the Tavistock Collegiate in Windermere, Florida, from Oct. 22-24.