ASU’s Ding dominates college event, possibly breaking NCAA record

Arizona State freshman Wenyi Ding recently made history by winning the prestigious Amer Ari Invitational with a 10-under 62 in the final round. This led to a 27-under 189 total, believed to be an NCAA men’s 54-hole scoring record, according to College Golf Book.

Ding, who won the 2022 U.S. Junior championship and is ranked No. 13 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, set a new standard for college golf with his record-tying round that included 10 birdies and no bogeys. His impressive performance followed rounds of 63-64, and he led the field to victory by nine shots.

North Carolina took home the team title at 68 under, five shots clear of Arizona State, while Auburn finished third at 58 under. The tournament was marked by solid performances from many top players, including two potential first-team All-Americans this season: Washington’s Finn Koelle and San Jose State’s Carl Corpus, who tied for second at 18 under. North Carolina’s David Ford and Auburn’s Jackson Koivun also tied for fourth with Texas Tech’s Matthew Comegys at 17 under.

Despite their strong showing earlier in the tournament, Stanford dropped four places on the final day and finished solo eleventh despite the return of star Michael Thorbjornsen from injury. Thorbjornsen, a senior who is No. 1 in PGA Tour U, tied for 71st, nearly equaling his worst result as a college golfer.

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