The annual Cabo Collegiate tournament welcomed 15 NCAA Division 1 men’s teams to compete from Feb. 27 – March 1 at Cabo Del Sol, one of the landmark golf facilities in Los Cabos. The finest collegiate amateur golfers in the U.S. contended for team and individual honors in a 54-hole stroke play event at the Cove Club, Cabo Del Sol’s premier course. Among the schools that participated were golf powerhouses such as Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Stanford and many more.
Arizona State, led by a trio of 3-under 68’s from David Puig, Cameron Sisk and Ryggs Johnston, passed in-state rival and 36-hole leader Arizona in windy conditions to post an eight-stroke victory at 20-under-par 832. ASU’s third-round total of 274 was 10-under-par.
“The last two years, we had a chance to win and Oklahoma State beat us both times,” said Arizona State coach Matt Thurmond. “We are so excited to finally hold the trophy.”
Individual medalist honors were claimed by Walker Lee of Texas A&M, who fired a 7-under 64 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 205, one stroke better than Barclay Brown of Stanford and Johnny Keefer of Baylor. Lee played a bogey-free third round that included five birdies and an eagle in round 3.
The tournament venue, formerly known as the Ocean Course, was the Jack Nicklaus Signature design that put Los Cabos on the international golf map when it debuted in 1994. Occupying what Nicklaus once described as “the best golf property I’ve ever seen,” the layout stretches across a stunning desert landscape framed by mountains and touched by the sea. Following a major overhaul by Nicklaus, the course reopened as the Cove Club in 2020 with a handful of new holes, upgraded playing surfaces, restyled bunkers, new landscaping. The layout, now a private club, is the centerpiece of a 1,800-acre master-planned community
Among the golf highlights is the previous 16th hole, a stirring downhill par 4 that plunges 100 feet down the side of a mountain. It has been recast as the 18th hole. “We moved the green a little closer to the ocean and dropped it down to create a spectacular finishing hole,” Nicklaus stated. The peninsula-style green, guarded to the left by a U-shaped bunker with a view portal to the sea, clings to a cliff and appears to float on the ocean. Stretching to 455 yards from the Cove tees, the Cove Club’s revised 18th hole has taken its place among the finest finishing holes in Los Cabos.