Former Cougar golfer earns honors at SDSU

From staff reports

San Diego State University golfer Shea Lague, a Jamul resident and graduate of Steele Canyon High School, received honors as the Mountain West Conference’s Men’s Golf Freshman of the Week, the league announced Jan 27.

Lague helped the Aztecs finish sixth at the Southwestern Invitational in a 12-team field that included six teams ranked in the top 21 in the latest Golfstat rankings.

SDSU finished sixth at 7-over-par, defeating No. 8 Texas by 15 shots, and fellow MW opponents San Jose State by 31 and UNLV by 35. The only teams ahead of San Diego State were No. 3 Arizona State, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 21 Washington, No. 13 Georgia and No. 14 Wake Forest.

Lague finished tied for 23rd out of 64 golfers at 2-over 218. Lague opened with a 2-under 70 on Jan. 24 and played as the Aztecs’ No. 1 golfer the rest of the tournament, following with an even-par 72 on Jan. 25 and a 4-over 76 on Jan. 26. He recorded 13 birdies in the tournament, which was the most on the team and tied for the 12th most in the tournament.

Lague also ranked second in the 64-man field in par-4 scoring (3.87).

On the season, Lague is averaging 72.58 in 12 rounds across four tournaments.

SDSU next competes in The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab at PGA West, Feb. 21-23, in La Quinta, California.

Junior golf

Steele Canyon High School student Anna Davis posted a 1-under-par 71 to finish three shots ahead of Rancho Santa Fe’s Yaowen Zhang to win the eBob Apparel championship division tournament at Native Oakes Golf Club on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Davis, 15, the 2021 SDJGA San Diego Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, recorded an eagle on the 18th hole. She has qualified for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur by her win at the Junior PGA Championship last summer.

Del Norte High School senior Evan Rafael, 18, captured the boys championship event with one-hole playoff over San Diego’s David Zhang. Rafael made par on the first playoff hole for the victory.

Both Rafael and Zhang finished regulation in one-under-par 70.

Rafael’s round featured four birdies that included a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff.