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ASU Sun Devil Preston Summerhays Goes Back-to-Back at Thunderbird Collegiate

By April 16, 2024No Comments

The 50th edition of the Thunderbird Collegiate teed off at Papago Golf Club last weekend, with Arizona State University junior Preston Summerhays earning his second-straight individual title, while the Sun Devils successfully defended home turf to win the team title.

With the victory, the JGAA alum becomes the first golfer to win two-consecutive Thunderbird Collegiate titles since Jon Rahm won three-straight (2014-2016). He now joins an elite company of multi-time winners of the Thunderbird Collegiate, a list that includes Rahm and Phil Mickelson.

After a five-way tie developed at the top of the standings midway through the final round, Summerhays went on a tear on the back nine with four birdies on the final seven holes to separate from the pack and ultimately pull away for the two-stroke win, finishing at 12-under for the tournament. He is the third-straight Sun Devil to win the Thunderbird Collegiate (Summerhays, ’23; Leow, ’22).

“Congrats to Preston on winning his first individual title of 2024,” said JGAA Executive Director Scott McNevin. “The Sun Devils are off to a hot start this season and we look forward to seeing him continue his success on-and-off the golf course.”