Arizona State surges to the top at Southwestern Invite
25 Jan 2022
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Southwestern Invitational, North Ranch Country Club, Cameron Sisk Rankings

Cameron Sisk (Marco Salas photo)
Cameron Sisk (Marco Salas photo)

Arizona State ran wild today at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., carding a 13-under score of 275 to vault to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Southwestern Invitational presented by TopGolf.

Led by senior Cameron Sisk's 5-under 67 and a 4-under round of 68 by freshman Preston Summerhays, the third-ranked (Golfweek/Sagarin) Sun Devils improved by eight shots from their first-round score of 283 and at 18-under 558, will take a six-stroke lead over host Pepperdine (12-under 564) heading into Wednesday's final round.

Defending NCAA champion Pepperdine nearly matched the Sun Devils shot-for-shot in the second round, carding an 11-under 277, a 10-stroke improvement from day one. After shooting a 73 on Monday, senior Joey Vrzich led the Waves' charge on Tuesday, carding a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for sixth-place at 4-under 140. The second-ranked Waves also counted a 4-under 68 from junior Dylan Menante, a 2-under 70 from Derek Hitchner and an even-par 72 from senior Joe Highsmith for its second-round score.

Arizona State has been in this position at North Ranch before. Just last year, the Sun Devils took a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Southwestern Invitational, only to be passed by the eventual champion San Diego State on a brutally cold and windy day in Southern California.

While the team title seems to be a two-horse race between the second and third-ranked teams in the country, the top of the individual leaderboard also packs plenty of star power.

Georgia's Trent Phillips and UCLA's Devon Bling share the 36-hole lead at 8-under 136, while Texas' Travis Vick is just one back at 7-under 137. Sisk, a two-time All-American at Arizona State who picked up his third collegiate title in the fall at the Maridoe Invitational, is still in the picture at 6-under 139.

Bling had five birdies and a pair of bogeys on his Tuesday card for a 3-under round of 69 while Phillips followed his opening 66 with a 2-under round of 70. Vick's mixed bag included five birdies, two eagles, four bogeys and a double bogey for a second-round 5-under 67.

Both Phillips and Bling added wins at amateur majors last summer to their impressive resumes, with Phillips capturing the Sunnehanna Amateur while Bling survived a five-hole playoff to win the Pacific Coast Amateur. Vick was a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont.

GOLF Channel will provide live coverage of Wednesday's final round of the Southwestern Amateur beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.

Results: Southwestern Invitational
1SpainDavid PuigSpain70073-70-65=208
T2VAMichael BrennanLeesburg, VA50070-70-70=210
T2CACameron SiskEl Cajon, CA50071-67-72=210
T4MNDerek HitchnerMinneapolis, MN40071-70-70=211
T4TXTravis VickHouston, TX40070-67-74=211

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ABOUT THE Southwestern Invitational

54-hole men's college tournament with team (best four scores of five players) and individual competitions. The Southwestern Invitational is the combination of two previously existing tournaments: the Southwestern Intercollegiate (started by USC in 1978) and the Jones Invitational (hosted by Pepperdine since 2014).

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