Another Point of Pride From Xander Schauffele’s Golden Moment in Tokyo

HOORAY FOR USA’S XANDER SCHAUFFELE, gold medal winner in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition. It’s the first American gold in golf in more than a century.

Schauffele edged a charging Rory Sabbatini (the silver winner playing for Slovakia) by a stroke. The bronze medalist was Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, who reached the podium by winning a seven-man playoff.

If you’re like me and my brother, there’s another angle to Schauffele’s Olympic achievement. That of proud alumni of San Diego State University, where Xander excelled in golf’s collegiate ranks.

Here’s a news excerpt from San Diego State:

Former San Diego State University men’s golfer Xander Schauffele captured the gold medal in the men’s individual stroke play event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Sunday at the par-71, 7,447-yard Kasumigaseki Country Club. Representing the United States, Schauffele carded a 4-under 67 in the final round and finished the four-day event at 18-under 266.

Schauffele, a San Diego native who attended Scripps Ranch High School, was a third-team All-American in 2015 from both Golfweek and GCAA at SDSU, while also finishing as a three-time all-Mountain West selection and seven-time MW Golfer of the Week. He finished his three-year Aztec career with two individual titles, 16 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 showings. Currently the fifth-ranked player in the world, Schauffele has won four times over his career on the PGA Tour.

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