NCAA men's golf regionals: Six teams advance to NCAA championships
After three days of regional competition that yielded three individual tournament winners, the Conference of Champions will send six teams to the 2015 NCAA men's golf championships beginning on May 29th in Bradenton, Florida. Here's how it all went down across the nation on the third day of the NCAA men's golf regionals:
San Diego Regional (The Farms Golf Club – San Diego, California)
No team turned it around like Arizona State did this weekend in San Diego. After a disappointing 12-over team performance on Thursday, the Sun Devils rode behind the impeccable play of John Rahm, who won the tournament as an individual with a 10-under (206) performance. ASU finished the tournament in second place at 1-under (863). Max Rottluff also helped bring the Devils home with a strong 3-under (69) performance of his own.
Chapel Hill Regional (UNC Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
The Trees' Pac-12 champion, Maverick McNealy, continues to wow the golf world. His 9-under (207) finish won him the individual title in the Chapel Hill regional, and he carried his Cardinal to a second-place team finish at 14-under (850) for the weekend. Viraat Badhwar helped the cause with a 1-under (71) performance of his own.
Bremerton Regional (Olympic Course at Gold Mountain – Bremerton, Washington)
The Trojans triumphed in Washington state, finishing in third place at 17-under-par (847) to punch their ticket to Florida. USC stayed steadily in contention all weekend behind the 8-under (208) scorecard of Rico Hoey and supporting cast members Sean Crocker (5-under, 211) and Jonah Texeira (3-under, 213).
Hooray for the Huskies, who tied for fourth at 10-under (854) and secured a spot in the NCAA championships. Up-and-comer Cheng-Tsung Pan tied for first place in the region with a 13-under-par (203) performance, while his cohort Jonathan Sanders contributed with a solid 4-under (212) showing of his own.
Noblesville Regional (Sagamore Golf Club - Noblesville, Indiana)
Plenty doin' for the Bruins on Saturday at Sagamore, as UCLA locked in a trip to Florida with a fourth-place 5-over (869) showing. Jonathan Garrick's 6-under (210) performance led the way for the men of Westwood, and was good enough for third place individually.
Oregon rode to a fifth-place 7-over (871) finish in Indiana to slide into the 2015 NCAA men's golf championships. They did it behind the steady play of Jonathan Woo (2-under, 215) on all three days.
After being the day-one darlings of NCAA regionals, the Buffs flatlined in the last two days of competition and finished at 15-over (879). Though they missed the cut for the national championships, David Oraee shined individually for CU, garnering a second-place finish in the region at 7-over (209).
Lubbock Regional (The Rawls Course at Texas Tech – Lubbock, Texas)
No luck in Lubbock for the Golden Bears, who, despite a 4-over (848) performance, will not advance to Florida. They were led by Shotaro Ban on Saturday, who posted a 4-over (68). Cal missed the cut this year by one stroke.
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