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Golf hoping to bounce back in California

While they may not be the waves of paradise from a week ago, the ASU men's golf team is preparing for another tournament with an ocean view.

Coming off a 10th-place finish against a loaded field in Hawaii last week, the No. 3 Sun Devils will be in Newport Coast, Calif., on Sunday to compete in the Battle at the Beach event played at the Pelican Hill Golf Club.

The tournament, which is being co-hosted by Long Beach State and No. 18 UCLA, features another challenging set of teams — No. 6 Washington and No. 12 Tennessee among them — that will give ASU another stiff early season test.

“This tournament is a true premier event,” Long Beach State coach Bill Poutre told The Daily 49er this week. “This course is beautiful with ocean views from every hole ...”

The Sun Devils struggled to gain their footing early in the tournament last week, but the final round saw ASU post a 10-under, the lowest round for any team in the tournament — momentum the squad hopes will carry over this weekend in California.

Junior Jesper Kennegard led the Sun Devils in Hawaii by posting 2-over 218 to tie for 16th place. He will be joined in the ASU lineup this week by juniors Scott Pinckney and James Byrne and seniors Tristan Bierenbroodspot and Knut Borsheim.

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