ASU Men’s Golf: Sun Devils advance to National Championship finals


But for all of its vaunted talent and invariable regular season success, it has been over 25 years since the Sun Devils have played for a national title as a team. On Saturday at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, the Sun Devils delivered the goods and secured a spot in the National Championship finals for the first time since 1996, the last time the team won it all. The penultimate day of the NCAA Golf National Championship is one of the most grueling days in golf on paper alone. Eight teams begin the day with 18 holes ahead to determine the semifinals, those four that advance earn the right to duel again over another 18 holes to land a spot in the finals. Then factor in the intense heat of Arizona as summer sets in on the desert, and the day turns into one serious test of a collegiate golfer’s mental and physical capabilities. It’s not to be designed to be easy, but that’s what makes the Sun Devils’ accomplishments on Saturday afternoon even more commendable. The Sun Devils began the quarterfinals as the 7th seed, determined by the weekend’s individual play tournament. That set them up with a rematch against Oklahoma, the team that ended Arizona State’s season in the semifinals in 2021.