Puig wins 2nd straight, carries Arizona State to Amer Ari title
- Arizona State Men's Golf photo
- Arizona State Men's Golf photo

The Sun Devil men's golf team brought six golfers to the 30th Amer Ari Intercollegiate this week.

One of them was great. The others were really good, and as a result the Sun Devils earned the team title by 12 strokes over USC.

Sophomore David Puig notched his second straight individual honor -- he won the Southwestern Invitational Jan. 25-27 -- with a 13-under 203 (67-68-68), topping teammate Blake Wagoner (63-71-73) and USC's Sixian Guo (68-68-71) who both shot 9-under 207.

Wagoner was playing as an individual, so his score didn't count in the team score, but ASU got excellent play from Ryggs Johnston (8-under 208), Mason Andersen (6-under 210), Cameron Sisk (5-under 211) and Chun An Yu (3-under 313). No Sun Devil finished outside the top 14.

It was a balanced effort, as Puig led the tournament in par-3 scoring (-4) and par-4 scoring (-5), while Cameron Sisk led the tournament in birdies (18) and Ryggs Johnston did the same with two eagles.

It marked the 13th team title in Coach Matt Thurmond's five years at ASU, and the 18th time a Sun Devil had won an individual title in his tenure. Puig became the first Sun Devil to win back-to-back tournaments since Jared du Doit won the Prestige and Amer Ari in February of 2017. The 37-under is eighth-best in school history in the Golfstat era (1993-94 to present) and the second-best outside the state, behind only the 40-under 824 at the 2015 Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.

- Thanks to Arizona State Men's Golf for this report.

1SpainDavid PuigSpain50067-68-68=203
T2CASixian (Tyler) GuoIrvine, CA40068-68-71=207
T2NCBlake WagonerCornelius, NC40063-71-73=207
4MTRyggs JohnstonLibby, MT30071-68-69=208
T5CAShane FfrenchSan Diego, CA30070-69-70=209

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The Amer Ari Intercollegiate -- hosted by the University of Hawaii-Hilo -- has brought some of the best golfers in the nation to the west side of the Big Island annually since its inception in 1992. From Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth to Matt Kuchar, the Amer Ari Intercollegiate has hosted a myriad of players through the years who have gone on to professional stardom.

The event was originally played at Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort before moving to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The Amer Ari returned to Hapuna during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2024, the event was moved to Mauna Lani. The Amer Ari is a 54-hole collegiate men's event with individual and team competitions.

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