Arizona State freshman Wenyi Ding’s record-breaking performance at the Amer Ari Invitational not only earned him the championship, but also an achievement that is believed to be an NCAA record. Ding finished the prestigious tournament with a 27-under 189, after firing a 10-under 62 in the final round on Mauna Lani’s North Course. His standout performance marks the lowest mark in men’s college golf according to College Golf Book, besting the previous record held by three other players.
Ding’s round tied a program record for an 18-hole score in relation to par and, in total, included 10 birdies and no bogeys. His exceptional performance at the tournament follows a 17-under performance at the N.I.T. in December, where he finished second in his tournament debut for Arizona State.
Ding’s NCAA record-breaking accomplishments have set him apart in his college career, as has his 44-under start. This extraordinary showing helped Northwestern win the tournament team title. However, with standout players like David Ford and Jackson Koivun, North Carolina and Auburn were still able to secure impressive final standings. Another team that stood out was Stanford, but the team was ultimately unable to secure the finish they were hoping for.