NCAA men's golf championships: UCLA, USC advance to match play championship
Thirty became 15, and now 15 have become the top eight as the 2015 NCAA men's golf championship in Bradenton, Fla., transitions from stroke play into match play. Keeping the hopes of another Pac-12 NCAA title alive are (4) USC and (8) UCLA, who will compete against (5) Texas and (1) Illinois, respectively, in Tuesday's action. Watch the opening round of match play on the Golf Channel beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday.
(8) UCLA made the match play cut by the skin of their Bruin teeth on Monday, finishing at +20, 1,172 on the weekend for eighth place. Solid Monday play from Junior Lorens Chan (-1, 71) and senior Preston Valder (E, 72) solidified UCLA's place in the match play championship beginning Tuesday, where they will face vaunted top seed Illinois to begin their final run at the title.
The Trojans secured the fourth seed heading into Tuesday behind a commendable -2, 70 round from senior Eric Sugimoto on Monday. Freshman Sean Crocker had the team's low score of the weekend at +1. USC held its own near the top of the leader board in all four days of stroke play, and finished at +9, 1161 as a team for fifth-place. They will enter match play Tuesday facing powerhouse (5) Texas to survive and advance.
Though the Huskies didn't advance as a team, senior ace Cheng-Tsung Pan qualified for Monday's individual championship round and nearly brough home a national title for UW. Starting the day tied for seventh place, Pan flew up the leader board on an immaculate -5, 67 round to finish at -7 on the weekend for second place behind SMU's Bryson Dechambeau (-8). Pan nearly made birdie out of the bunker on 18 to force a playoff, but the ball traipsed right over the hole to no avail.
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