The Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats men’s golf teams started their seasons on Sunday at Maricopa’s Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club as part of the Copper Cup, an event between the two schools in a Ryder Cup style tournament.
Day One consisted of Fourball or “Best Ball” and Single matches. Arizona holds a one point lead heading into Day Two, as top-ranked Arizona State trails 6.5-5.5.
Arizona State’s David Puig and Ryggs Johnston won the first grouping 7&5 (meaning that they were leading by seven with five holes left). The Puig and Johnson pairing fell behind early before taking control from Hole 4 on. Cameron Sisk and Mason Andersen earned another point for the Sun Devils after taking the lead on Hole 17 and closing it out on 18. Meanwhile, Arizona’s pairings of Brad Reeves/David Laskin and Briggs Duce/Christian Banke earned two points for the Wildcats meaning it was tied after the cup’s first event.
The Wildcats won four of the eight single matches that also included a tie (which awarded 0.5 point to each team). Arizona only needs six points to reach the 12.5 to win the Copper Cup on Sunday.
Below are the results for the singles:
UA Sam Sommerhauser over ASU Puig (2&1)
UA Chaz Aurilia over ASU Johnston (1Up)
ASU Andersen over UA Trevor Werbylo (1Up)
UA Chase Sienkiewicz over Sisk (1Up)
Tie between ASU Chun An Yu and UA Reeves
ASU Blake Wagoner over UA Laskin (4&3)
UA Duce over ASU Gage Salvanera (6&5)
ASU Jeewon Park over UA Banke (3&1)
Day Two of the Copper Cup will feature Foursomes and Singles again. ASU’s pairing of Park and Salvanera and UA’s Sommerhauser and Sienkiewicz will tee off at 8:00 a.m. MT on Monday.