Men’s golf set to compete in The Prestige

SAN DIEGO –The San Diego State men’s golf team resumes action Monday at the Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The Aztecs are one of 22 teams competing in the 22nd annual event, which will feature 18-hole rounds over three consecutive days on the 7,100-yard, par-71 Greg Norman course.

The tournament includes 10 programs ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfstat rankings (February 15). Alongside No. 44 SDSU, who will participate in the Prestige are No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 9 Stanford, No. 18 Vanderbilt, No. 25 LSU, No. 29 Northwestern, No. 47 San Francisco, #48 Oregon, #49 UCLA, #51 TCU, #52 UC Davis, Denver, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Iowa State, Loyola Marymount, North Texas, Oregon State, Princeton , Santa Clara and SMU.

San Diego State will tee off on the first hole, beginning at 11:55 a.m. PT Monday, and will play with Pepperdine and SMU. On Tuesday, the same three tee times will start from the 10th hole in the morning. Wednesday’s final round kicks off at 7:00 a.m. PT while the leaders play in the afternoon heat at 11:00 a.m. PT.

The Aztecs are coming off an impressive sixth-place finish at the 12-team Southwest Invitational presented by Topgolf, Jan. 24-26, at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. SDSU finished at 7 of 871, only behind No. 3 Arizona State (-30), No. 7 Pepperdine (-17), No. 21 Washington (-8), No. 13 Georgia (-1) and the No. 1. 14 Wake Forest (+5). San Diego State finished five strokes ahead of UCLA (seventh, +12) and 15 strokes ahead of No. 8 Texas (eighth, +22). Other Mountain West schools in the tournament were San Jose State (T-10th, +38) and UNLV (12th, +42).

The head coach of the Aztecs has penciled in the starting five of Puwit Anupansuebsai (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand), Zihao Jin (Beijing, China), Steve Sugimoto (San Diego, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS), Shea Lagoon (Jamul, CA/Steele Canyon HS) and Youssef Guezzale (San Diego, CA/La Jolla HS). Additionally, Justin Hastings (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) and Skyler Ngo (Las Vegas) will participate as individuals in the Prestige Individual Invitational at the 7,145-yard, par-72 Coral Mountain Golf Club.

Jin leads SDSU with an average of 70.89 shots this season, followed by Anupansuebsai (71.67), Guezzale (72.07), Sugimoto (72.27) and Lague (72.58). Ngo posted an average of 74.67 shots and Hastings is at 74.83.

Arizona is the defending tournament champion, but is not participating this year. The best returning teams from a year ago are Pepperdine (-3), SMU (+8), Stanford (+13), TCU (+14), Texas Tech (+17) and San Diego State (+18) ).

Jin paced the Aztecs last year at 2 of 215 for a tie for 17th, followed by Anupansuebsai (+3, T-21), Sugimoto (+7, T-53), Joey Moore (+9, T-72) and Guezzale (+17, T-108).

The Greg Norman course has hosted the Prestige at PGA West 14 times (2004-08, 2011, 2013-14 and 2016-21). Other venues include Desert Willow Golf Club (2000-01), La Quinta Mountain Resort Course (2002-03), TPC Stadium Course (2009-10), and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course (2015). In its history, The Prestige was part of the varsity men’s golf fall program for 13 years before moving on in the spring of 2013.

After The Prestige, the Aztecs will co-host the Lamkin Invitational at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif., March 7-8.

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