Men's fall countdown: No. 21 San Diego State
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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San Diego State Aztecs
Preseason rank: 21
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 34
2013-14 in review: San Diego State never quite reached its potential as a team in 2013-14, finishing the season with only five top-fives in 12 tournaments. But a fourth-place showing at the prestigious Western Intercollegiate and runner-up finish at the Mountain West Championship displayed the team's prowess. The Aztecs featured a strong roster, with two individuals earning wins (Xander Schauffele and Riccardo Michelini) and three posting sub-73 scoring averages.
Notable departures: None
Key returnees: Senior Xander Schauffele, sophomores Gunn Yang and Ricky DeSantis and junior Riccardo Michelini
Newcomers of note: Freshmen P.J. Samiere, Blake Abercrombie and Pablo Matesanz
Circled on the fall calendar: Husky Invitational, Sept. 22-23, Golf Mountain GC, Bremerton, Wash.
Fall outlook: The outlook for the 2014-15 season looks a whole lot brighter after a huge summer for the Aztecs on the amateur circuit. Gunn Yang made a wild run for the U.S. Amateur title, and Xander Schauffele reached the final of the Western Amateur before falling to Texas' Beau Hossler (But it was Schauffele that bested Hossler at the California State Amateur in June). San Diego State brings back plenty of experience – including the return of the 2014 MWC Freshman of the Year Ricky DeSantis – but Yang and Schauffele proved that the team will also have some momentum to work with in the fall.
Coach's perspective: "We expect to be in contention every tournament. We have goals as a team and we are going to work extremely hard to accomplish those. This year we have more depth in our lineup and with Xander being the leader we have a lot of trust in him leading this team. We have a lot of harder workers and everyone will be prepared for every event we play in this year." – assistant coach Evan Emerick