Maui Jim Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Set
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State Men’s Golf Team kicks off the fall portion of the 2021-22 campaign this weekend when they travel to the desert for the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, Sept. 10-12, at the Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 54-hole event will be contested over three days, starting Friday and Saturday with tee times at 8 a.m. PT. The final round is scheduled for Sunday at 7:00 a.m. PT and will be based on scores from the first two rounds on the 7,115 yard layout at par 70.
The Aztecs enter the opening of the season ranked 21st by Golfchannel.com and 23rd by Golfweek. Other teams participating in the tournament ranked in the Top 30 by Golfchannel.com include No.12 Clemson, No.13 Georgia Tech, No.22 Washington, No.28 New Mexico and No.29 Auburn. Alabama, Arizona, Augusta, California, Colorado State, Host State of Georgia, Louisville, Oregon and Utah round out the 15-team squad.
Now in his 19th season at the helm of the Aztecs, head coach Ryan donovan entered the starting lineup for seniors Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand), Zihao Jin (Beijing, China / Rancho Bernardo HS), Steve sugimoto (San Diego / Rancho Bernardo HS) and Youssef Guezzale (San Diego / La Jolla HS) and freshman The Shea Lagoon (Jamul, CA / Steele Canyon HS). First-year student Jack Townsend (San Diego / Charter School of San Diego), meanwhile, will participate as an individual in the tournament.
SDSU is expected to be one of the strongest teams on the West Coast this season as Anupansuebsai, Jin, and Sugimoto have all used their extra year of NCAA-offered eligibility due to COVID-19, and Guezzale is back for his senior campaign. In total, San Diego State sacked five of its six regular starters from a year ago when it was tied for 25th in the NCAA Championship, had two tag wins, seven top-5s and three individual titles.
Last year Anupansuebsai was named to PING’s All-American Third Team and received the Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention. Anupansuebsai, who dominated the Aztecs in scoring average (70.93), rounds in the 60s (10), below par (13), even rounds (6) and number percentage of teams (0.926), is also a third in pre-season Golfweek. -All-American team this year. He finished the season 34th in the Sagarin / Golfweek rankings, although SDSU only competed in the spring. Anupansuebsai has been SDSU’s top player in each of the last five tournaments, including a tie for 56th in the NCAA Championship May 28-30 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ahead of the NCAA Championship, Anupansuebsai earned an individual victory at NCAA Kingston Springs Regional (May 17-19), a playoff victory at the MW Championship (April 29-May 1), a playoff loss at Western Intercollegiate ( April 12-14) and a tie for second at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic (April 5-6).
Jin, meanwhile, was one of three San Diego state golfers to start all nine tournaments a year ago, placing fifth on the team with an average of 73.19 strokes. Jin also finished third in rounds in the ’60s (5), below par (7, tied) and rounds tied (4, tied), while racking up three top 20s.
Sugimoto won all-Mountain West honors last season, starting all nine tournaments, while placing third on the team with an average of 72.56 points. Sugimoto was also tied for third on the team in sub-par rounds (7), tied for fourth in rounds in the 60s (4) and fifth in even rounds (3). His tally percentage of .833 placed third on the team and he has finished in the top 20 three times.
Lague will make his college debut this weekend after a long career at Steele Canyon High School.
Guezzale joined Anupansuebsai, Jin and Sugimoto in playing all nine tournaments, starting eight times. Guezzale placed second on the team with a 72.52 average, 60s rounds (8), below par (10) and team count percentage (0.875). He also finished two times in the top five and three in the top ten.
This year will be the fifth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate after last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19. The Aztecs will participate in the event for the first time. Arizona State has won two of four Maui Jim Intercollegiate events (2017 and 2019), while Georgia Tech (2018) and LSU (2016) also have tag team titles in Scottsdale.
After the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, SDSU then competes in the Husky Invitational, September 20-21, in Bremerton, Washington. The state of San Diego will use its trip to the Gold Mountain Golf Club as a preview for next spring’s Mountain West Championship, which will be held on the same course.