Recently, Arizona State freshman Wenyi Ding made history by winning the prestigious Amer Ari Invitational by a whopping nine shots. In the final round, Ding shot a 10-under 62, leading to an incredible 27-under 189 total. This score is believed to be an NCAA men’s 54-hole scoring record, according to College Golf Book.
Ding’s record-tying round included an impressive ten birdies and no bogeys. His outstanding performance was preceded by rounds of 63-64. As the 2022 U.S. Junior champion, Ding is currently ranked No. 13 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
What makes Ding’s start to his college career even more remarkable is that he achieved a perfect 44-under score in the first three rounds of the tournament. This feat has never been done before.
In the individual competition, Wenyi Ding led the field to victory with a final score of 189 under par, while Washington’s Finn Koelle and San Jose State’s Carl Corpus tied for second at 18 under and North Carolina’s David Ford and Auburn’s Jackson Koivun tied for fourth with Texas Tech’s Matthew Comegys at 17 under.
In the team competition, North Carolina took home the title with a score of 68 under, five shots clear of Arizona State. Auburn finished in third place with a score of 58 under.
Further down the leaderboard, Stanford dropped four places on the final day 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.