Wenyi Ding, a freshman at Arizona State, recently won the prestigious Amer Ari Invitational by nine shots 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’s record-tying round included 10 birdies and no bogeys, and it followed rounds of 63-64. He is ranked No. 13 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and has already had an impressive college career.
The tournament was closely contested with North Carolina taking the title at 68 under, five shots clear of Arizona State. Auburn finished third at 58 under while Washington’s Finn Koelle and San Jose State’s Carl Corpus 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.
Further down the leaderboard, Stanford dropped four places on the final day, finishing solo 11th 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.