Round 3 Recap: Homa wins individual title; Cal, ASU square off in match play
Cal's Max Homa won individual medalist honors and Cal and Arizona State finished in the top eight as stroke play wrapped up Thursday in Milton, Ga., at the NCAA men's golf championships. The Golden Bears and Sun Devils will face each other in match play beginning Friday, while Washington, UCLA and USC missed the cut.
Good news: One-third of the way through the season, Mariners on pace to hit 192 HRs. Bad news: Also on a pace to finish 69-93. #GoCougs
— Jim Moore (@cougsgo) May 31, 2013
— Cal Men's Golf (@CalMensGolf) May 30, 2013
Steve Desimone's crew now advances to the quarterfinals to take on conference foe Arizona State Friday morning at 7 a.m. PT with the hopes of claiming the school's first NCAA team title since 2004 and cement their place in the annals of college men's golf as one of the best to ever do it.
Free Golf! Lets get this thing!
— Texas A&M Men's Golf (@AggieMensGolf) May 30, 2013
Fortunately for the likes of Jon Rahm, Austin Quick, Spencer Lawson, Trey Ka'ahanui and Max Rottluff, they shot even par on the playoff hole along with Mountain West compadres New Mexico and UNLV while Texas A&M went 1-over, allowing the Sun Devils to qualify for match play as the No. 8 seed and leaving the Aggies as the odd squad out. A rough way to leave the Atlanta area for the Johnny Golfballs, especially so when considering an Aggie took a one-stroke slow-play penalty earlier in the day (same thing happened to UCLA's Jonathan Garrick on Wednesday). Ironically enough, Jon Rahm was in the same playing group as Texas A&M's Ty Dunlap - the Aggie who was assessed the one-stroke penalty - but was the only one of the threesome (UCF's Greg Eason being the other) to not be docked a shot. That decision ended up keeping Arizona State in the playoff and forcing Texas A&M into it, and the Forks took advantage. As for the Tuesday-Wednesday leader Rahm, he registered a 1-over 71 Thursday to be a part of that six-way tie for second, but I'm sure he's just happy his team is continuing on. Talk about drama, huh?
This is what a birdie make on No. 2 by Trevor Simsby looks like! twitter.com/UW_MGolf/statu…
— UW Men's Golf (@UW_MGolf) May 30, 2013
Here's the match-play format: Teams go head-to-head against each other - Cal vs. Arizona State, Texas vs. Illinois, Georgia Tech vs. UNLV and Alabama vs. New Mexico. All five of the team's golfers play head-to-head with an individual on the opposing team. Individual heads-up play is not determined by number of holes won (a golfer wins a hole if he has the lower score on the hole). Thus, not all 18 holes are necessarily played - if a golfer has a three-hole lead after 16 holes, that individual match is over. Whichever golfer wins the head-to-head matchup wins a point for his team, and the first team to get to three points wins the match. Semifinals will take place Saturday with the team finals coming Sunday.