DENVER – The University of Denver men’s golf team continues its spring campaign with a trip to Tempe, Ariz., where it will compete in the 42nd Annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational, beginning on Friday, March 21 and extending to Sunday, March 23. The tournament features 15-collegiate teams that will compete in a 54-hole stroke-play event at the par-71, 7,026 yard ASU Karsten Golf Course.
“We arrived in Tempe on Tuesday and we’ve been able to spend some quality time playing and practicing,” said head coach Eric Hoos. “Everyone’s game looks like it’s coming together and we’re gaining confidence. The Karsten Golf Course fits our teams’ style of play really well and we’re looking forward to building off the last round of our last tournament, having all five guys playing well at the same time.”
Seniors Oskar Arvidsson (Karna, Sweden) and Ole Ramsnes (Stavanger, Norway) lead the Pioneers in scoring with 71.95 and 72.57, respectively. Arvidsson has four top-10 finishes on the year while Ramsnes has a top-five finish already this spring. As Hoos’ No. 3 sophomore Arti Edelman (Geneva, Switzerland) is coming off a season-low round in the finale at the last tournament with a one-under par 69. Freshman Pat Frodigh (Westwood, Mass) and sophomore Adam Ruben (Lake Oswego, Ore.) round out the DU lineup coming off tournament-bests with Frodigh recording his best-rounds with a 214 tournament total at the Virginia Country Club, while Ruben is coming off a personal collegiate-best 69, after a four birdie final round.
The 15-team field will participate in a 54-hole stroke play event to be played on the par-72, 7,015-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course. The teams and individuals will play 18 holes on Friday, beginning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. MT through Sunday at 8:30 MT.
Live scoring available on: www.golfstat.com
LAST TIME AT THE ASU THUNDERBIRD INVITATIONAL:
Denver will partake in the Thunderbird Invitational for the sixth-time in program history and for the third consecutive season. Last time out, the Pioneers finished the tournament in 14th with a 27-over par 879. Ramsnes, Arvidsson and Edelman all competed at Karsten last season carding scores of four-over, eight-over and 12-over par for the tournament.
PAST SUCCESS AT THUNDERBIRD INVITE:
- 2008: Espen Kofstad won the tournament title with a three-under par 210
- 2009: Pioneers finished in a tie for second-place with a four-over par 856
- 2011: Arvidsson led the Pioneers to a 10th place finish with a four-over par 217
Former ASU graduate Phil Mickelson won the Thunderbird Invitational back-to-back years in 1991 and 1992. After 16 collegiate tournament championships, the psychology major would go on to the PGA Tour and become a three-time Masters Champion.
KARSTEN GOLF COURSE AT ASU:
The par-72, 7,015-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course is designed by Pete Dye, and is a links-style course set in the shadows of ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium. Awarded 4 ½ stars by the Golf Digest Rating Panel, this well maintained and challenging design features Dye’s signature mounding and creative bunkering.
TOURNAMENT QUICK FACTS:
What: 42nd Annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Dates: Friday March 21, through Sunday, March 23
Course: ASU Karsten Golf Course
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Tournament Host: Arizona State University
Course Par: 71
Format: Three-days, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes played each day. Monday shotgun start slated for 9:00 a.m. MT, Tuesday shotgun start set for 9 a.m. MT
TEAMS COMPETING: 15 Teams
Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado State, DENVER, Fresno State, Hawaii, Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, San Diego, St. John’s, Tulsa, Washington State and Wichita State.
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