Five Big 12 men’s golf teams will compete in the 75th annual NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Finals May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech all punched tickets to the finals.
The Longhorns head to their seventh-consecutive championship after a third-place showing at the Fayetteville Regional. The squad carded a 54-hole total of 880 (16-over-par) to finish 12 ahead of fifth-place Kent State. UT was led by senior Cody Gribble, who tied for 10th with a three-day total of 219 (3-over-par).
Also qualifying from the Fayetteville Regional was Oklahoma State, who finished in fourth place, just two shots back of Texas. The Cowboys were led by Kevin Dougherty, who carded a final-round 70 (2-under-par) to finish in a tie for fifth with a three-day total of 216 (even-par). OSU will make a much anticipated trip back to the NCAA Championship after seeing its record string of 65-straight championship appearances come to an end last year.
The Sooners tied for fifth place at the Tallahassee Regional, and after a playoff on the 18th hole with South Florida, OU will advance to its third straight and 34th overall NCAA Championship.
After the third round of play, Oklahoma and South Florida were tied for the final advancing position, finishing the tournament with an 854 (10-under-par). In order to determine which team would compete in the finals, the two teams re-played the 18th hole. OU recorded a combined score of 17, while South Florida registered a 20. Last year, the Sooners finished 11th at the national tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif., the program’s best showing since placing ninth in 1993.
TCU finished off the weekend strong Saturday, climbing into second place at the Pullman Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to claim a spot in the NCAA Championship. The Frogs earned their fourth NCAA berth in the last five years.
The Frogs received a big final-round boost from sophomore Ben Hogan Award finalist Julian Brun, who carded the low individual round of the day with a 5-under 67 to soar into a tie for sixth place on the final leaderboard. Brun, who fired rounds of 70 and 72 to open the weekend, posted his 15th sub-70 round of the season thanks to five birdies in the final 13 holes.
Texas Tech held on to a three-shot advantage down the stretch and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010 after a 27-over par, fifth-place finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional at Ohio State University Golf Club. The Red Raiders were led by sophomore Matias Dominguez, who finished tied for fifth individually with a 2-over 215 total for the three days.This will be the second national championship appearance for senior Finley Ewing, who played on the 2010 team.