Pac-10 Men's Golf Ends Season in NCAA Match-Play Quarterfinals
May 29, 2009
Toledo, Ohio-- Pac-10 men's golf ends its season in the quarterfinals of match-play competition at the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. Arizona State, Washington and USC all fell to their first round opponents at the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
The Arizona State men's golf team was defeated by Texas A&M 3-1-1.
The second-seeded Sun Devils' only win came from freshman Stephan Gross who defeated Texas A&M's Andrea Pavan in the No. 2 match (3 and 2). The seventh-seeded Aggies claimed victories at the No. 1 (Bronson Burgoon over ASU sophomore Knut Borsheim 5 and 4), No. 3 (John Hurley over ASU freshman Chan Kim 3 and 2) and No. 5 (Conrad Shindler over ASU sophomore Scott Pinckney 2 and 1) spots. The No. 4 match between ASU sophomore Jesper Kennegard and Texas A&M's Matt Van Zandt was halted once the Aggies clinched the victory. Both players had won seven holes each when play stopped with the 18th hole remaining.
Dominating wins by juniors Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace weren't quite enough for the University of Washington men's golf team Friday in its NCAA quarterfinal match against Arkansas.
The Razorbacks took three victories in the five head-to-head matchups to earn a 3-2 win and advance to a national semifinal appearance later today against fellow Southeastern Conference opponent Georgia.
Washington ends its season after tying for third-place (equaling a program-best) in the three-round stroke play at the NCAA Championships. Officially, the Huskies tied for fifth-place overall, along with Arizona State, USC and Oklahoma State.
Taylor and Wallace's wins, combined with losses by Chris Killmer and Tze Huang Choo made the match tied at two-apiece with just Richard Lee's match against UA's David Lingmerth serving as the deciding matchup. Down two holes, Lee double-bogeyed No. 17, while Lingmerth made birdie to clinch the win.
USC's amazing march through the 2009 NCAA Championships - where it survived more than one close call - was ultimately stopped in the match-play quarterfinals where it fell to Texas, 3-2.
Freshman Steve Lim, playing at No. 4, took care of Bill Rankin, 4&3. Lim never trailed in the one-sided match. Senior Ryan Linton was USC's other winner at No. 5, taking out Nick Pumford, 3&2. Linton trailed early, but took over the match on the back 9.
Michigan scored a couple of quick points as well. Wolverine Matt Thompson downed Troy's Tom Glissmeyer at No. 3, 4&3, while Alexander Sitompul knocked out USC's Tim Sluiter at No. 2, 5&3.
Action came down to No. 1, where Troy's Matt Giles fell behind three holes on the back 9 to Michigan's Lion Kim. Giles got back to one down late in the round, but an approach shot by Kim from 200 yards out that stuck less than a foot from the hole ultimately doomed the Trojan sophomore. Kim converted his birdie while Giles left himself too much yardage to birdie himself and fell 2&1.