CAREFREE, AZ (September 24, 2017) - Arizona State sophomore Alex Del Rey Gonzalez
shot the tounament's low round, and the low round of his collegiate career, to earn medalist honors and lead the Sun Devils to a win the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Desert Forest Golf Club.
Del Rey Gonzalez birdied the first and last holes in a bogey-free seven-under 65 that featured five birdies in a seven hole stretch from the 5th through the 11th.
The final round leaderboard was tight throughout, with the top three teams separated by just two shots. Arizona State started the day three shots behind co-leaders Georgia Tech and Kent State, but used the low round of the tournament to come from behind and win by a single shot.
In addition to Del Rey Gonzalez, the Sun Devils got under par rounds from Ryan Douglass
(69), Mason Andersen
(71), and solid rounds from Blake Wagoner
(72) and Chun An Yu
(73), for an 11-under 277 team score and a 7-under 857 total.
Georgia Tech and Kent State also played well on Sunday, shooting 7-under 281 and 6-under 282, respectively, to finish one and two shots behind Arizona State.
Georgia Tech was led by Andy Ogletree
with a 69, and had par-or-better rounds from Tyler Strafaci
(70), Noah Norton
(70), and Luke Schniederjans
Kent State had four under par rounds: a 69 by Chris Doody
, and 71s from Ian Holt
, Chase Johnson
, and first-round leader Gisli Sveinbergsson
LSU finished fourth at 2-under 862, while Lipscomb was fifth at six-over 870.
of Lipscomb, who led the individual competition entering the final round, shot a one-under 71 but was passed by Del Rey Gonzalez and had to settle for second, three shots back. Del Rey Gonzalez finished at 10-under 206, with Armstrong second at 7-under 209 and Sveinbergsson third at 6-under 210.
Arizona State won the tournament by leading the field with 162 birdies and four eagles.
ROUND TWO REPORT
No. 18 Georgia Tech erased a 10-shot deficit with the low round of the day, a two-under 286, as they pulled into a tie for the lead at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Desert Forest Golf Club.
The final round is set up to be a shootout, as five teams are within three shots of the team lead.
Tyler Strafaci and Luke Schniederjans led the Yellowjackets, shooting 68 and 69 respectively at the vaunted desert layout in the foothills just northeast of Phoenix. Their 36-hole team score is one-over 577, tied with the first-round leaders Kent State.
The Golden Flashes were led again by Gisli Sveinbergsson of Iceland, who shot a 71 to go along with his 68 on Friday. The team dropped eight shots to par, however, with a 296 in round two.
LSU also made a move on Saturday, shooting a one-under 287 to move within three shots of the lead. Nathan Jeansonne (69) and Philip Barbaree (71) posted under-par rounds for the Tigers.
LSU's round was matched by Lipscomb University, with Dawson Armstrong firing the round of the tournament so far, a five-under 67 that was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five 16th. Hunter Howell (71) also went under par for the Bisons.
Armstrong (6-under) will take a one-shot lead over Sveinbergsson into the final round of the indivdiual competition. Strafaci and Del Rey Gonzalez are tied for third, three shots back.
Arizona State joined LSU and Lipscomb in the third-place tie, riding a four-under 68 by Alex Del Rey Gonzalez to record a 291 team score.
ROUND ONE REPORT
Behind a 4-under 68 from Gisli Sveinbergsson No. 23 Kent State is leading the way after the first round of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate.
Sveinbergsson, the individual leader, was one of three Golden Eagles under-par on Friday at Desert Forest Golf Club and at 7-under Kent State is ahead by eight. No. 23 Arizona State and Minnesota are tied for second at 1-over, No. 18 Georgia Tech is fourth at 3-over while in fifth it is Kansas at 3-over. Defending champion and seventh-ranked LSU is tied for sixth with Lipscomb at 6-over.
A native of Iceland, Sveinbergsson, started his round slowly with a double-bogey on the 1st but quickly found his grove with birdies on each of the next two holes to move to even-par. Sveinbergsson, the winner of the 2017 Mid-American Conference Individual title, then carded birdies on No. 6 and 7 to reach 2-under and the red for good.
Despite three bogeys over the course of the last 10 holes the junior was able to move lower with five more birdies, including three on the final five holes. Overall Sveinbergsson birdied nine-times during the round.
Teammates Bjarki Petursson and Chris Doody are tied for third at 2-under while Ian Holt at 1-over is tied for 20th.
The top-five of the individual standings is rounded by Noah Norton (Georgia Tech) in second at 3-under while in a share of third at 2-under it is Petursson, Doody, Riley Johnson (Minnesota) and Blake Wagoner (Arizona State).