Arizona State men’s golf coach Randy Lein was pleased with the number of alumni that turned up to help at the annual Thunderbird Pro-Am fund-raiser.
“We had like 15 former players back, so it was fun for the current players and certainly for the other ASU alums that were playing at the tournament,” said Lein said, “Its all part of the tradition.”
Lein is a big reason for that tradition and the Golf Coaches Association of America named Lein as the only inductee into its 2008 Hall of Fame class this week.
Lein will be presented with the honor officially at the banquet held in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 26.
“You can’t do much better than that I guess so I feel very honored certainly,” Lein said, “Arnold Palmer was actually present at the ceremony last year.”
Lein’s team is now officially done with its fall season and will taper to shorter practice times.
“The whole point now is to give the guys more time to just concentrate on their academics and finish off the school year on a high note,” Lein said.
The team will head to Hawaii for the Big Island Invitational in February.
ASU women’s tennis coach Sheila McInerney sent three players off to Charlottesville, Va. on Thursday to compete in the National Individual Indoors.
All-American Kelcy McKenna, who was recently chosen to compete in the International University Challenge of Tennis in France in December, will play singles, while sisters Laila and Nadia Abdala will play doubles.
“The top 32 singles players in the country and the top 15 doubles teams in the country qualify for that,” McInerney said, “It’s probably one of the three strongest tournaments of the year.”
In the meantime, the rest of the team will stay in Tempe to host the ASU Thunderbird competition. Michigan, USC, UCLA, California and Utah are five of the 18 teams attending this year.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams have an off week before they head to Palo Alto, Calif., for the NCAA West Region Championships next Saturday.
Coach Louie Quintana said both teams did not perform up to expectations at the Pac-10 Championships in Oregon on Friday.
Leading the women were Kari Hardt and Ali Kielty, who had the same time but finished in ninth and 10th, respectively.
“We can run better,” Quintana said, “Our front girls ran great and our middle girls ran, um, there’s some work to do there. I think we’re gonna continue to get better.
“They know that they need to continue to work hard and stay focused.”
The first men's finisher was Patrick Milloy, who came in eighth and the team finished eighth.
“They are extremely disappointed in their performances,” Quintana said. “Certainly a low point for our group.
“We have absolutely no choice but to continue to work harder than we’ve ever worked before and be more competitive and continue to grow this program.”
The NCAA West Region Championships serves as the qualifier for the NCAA meet.
“Hopefully, we can go out there with a sense of pride in two weeks and know that we’re gonna race better,” Quintana said.
The ASU soccer team will compete in its final weekend of play against Washington and Washington State on Friday and Sunday.
If the Devils win both games, they will make postseason, which Boyd said is a “pretty tall order.”
“At the very least we are guaranteed we’ll finish the season at 500,” Boyd said, “Which doesn’t sound like something to brag about but considering what we’ve gone through this year with not only a young team and a small squad, but the injuries we took, it’s actually a remarkable accomplishment for this group.”