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April 11th, 2016

ASU’s Jon Rahm Takes Top Individual Honors For Third Consecutive Year

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Iowa State Cyclones (832) held off the University of California Berkley (833) to win the 44th-annual Thunderbird Invitational held April 2-3 at ASU Karsten Golf Course. The contest came down to the wire as redshirt sophomore, Denzel Ieremia, rolled in a par putt on the last hole of the tournament to secure the victory for the Cyclones.
“As a proud member of The Thunderbirds, I would like to thank all the universities and colleges who participated in this year’s tournament,” said Mike Kennedy, Thunderbird Invitational Chairman. “The 2016 tournament was as close a contest as it’s ever been. Congratulations to the Cyclones of Iowa State on a hard-fought victory.”
Jon Rahm of ASU – currently the number-one ranked amateur in the world – took home individual honors for the third straight year, shooting 66, 64, 68 for a 54-hole total of 198. Rahm is the only ASU player to win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational three times, and with his ninth collegiate win, Rahm now moves into second place in all-time victories at ASU behind only Phil Mickelson with 16.
 “Winning the same event three times is remarkable,” said Derek Crawford, general manager of ASU Karsten Golf Course. “We wish Jon the best of luck in his future golf career and a congratulations on his three-peat.” 
The 2016 ASU Thunderbird Invitational pitted 13 collegiate teams in a 54-hole stroke-play event with 36 holes played on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Each team fielded five players with the top four scores from each round counting towards the final team score. Teams in the tournament included Iowa State, UC Berkeley, San Diego State, Arizona State, Iowa, UC Davis, Minnesota, San Diego, Cal Poly, Santa Clara, Hawaii, South Dakota State and Princeton.  

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About ASU Karsten
The ASU Karsten Golf Course is a 7,002-yard, par-70 classic Pete Dye design reminiscent of a Scottish links course.  ASU Karsten has attracted the attention of prominent NCAA golf events and coveted tournaments such as the Phoenix Thunderbirds and PING Invitational.  Managed by OB Sports Golf Management, the ASU Karsten Golf Course is also home to the Arizona State University men’s and women’s NCAA golf teams, both multiple national championship winners.  

About The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.  Consisting of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members, The Thunderbirds host the Waste Management Phoenix Open; the best-attended golf tournament in the world, which to date has raised more than $100 million for Valley charities, including The First Tee of Phoenix. With its unmatched fan participation and rich history dating back more than 80 years, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has gained legendary status for being a unique stop on the PGA TOUR. For more information on The Thunderbirds or the Waste Management Phoenix Open visit   

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