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Three Big 12 Men's Golf Teams Slated to Compete at NCAA Championships
May 20, 2012
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A trio of Big 12 men's golf teams, along with one individual, will compete in the 74th annual NCAA Men's Golf Championship Finals May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M punched tickets to the finals, while Iowa State's Nate McCoy earned an individual berth.

The No. 1 Longhorns head to their sixth-consecutive championship after a second-place showing at the Norman Regional. The squad carded a field-best 4-over-par 292 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club to finish the 54-hole regional with a final score of even-par 864 (279-293-292). UT had four individuals place in the top 15, the most of any team in the field, as Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth tied for seventh, Toni Hakula finished in a tie for 10th and Julio Vegas tied for 15th.

The Sooners rallied to a fifth-place finish in Norman, tallying the program's 33rd NCAA Championship appearance. OU entered the final day facing elimination, but fired a 7-over 295 to hold a 9-stroke advantage over sixth-place Georgia Tech and secure one of five team berths available. Over the final six holes, Oklahoma's five team members recorded seven birdies. Michael Gellerman paced the Sooners as he jumped from sitting in 60th after the first round to capturing fifth place on the final day. The freshman earned the highest finish of any Big 12 athlete at an NCAA Regional.

Texas A&M earned its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish at the Bowling Green Regional. The Aggies wrapped up the weekend witha 4-under 860 (295-278-287), one shot out of the title. TAMU was one of just three times in the regional to break par. Freshman Ty Dunlap led the Aggies, finishing in a tie for third after shooting a 5-under 211 (71-70-70). Three other A&M golfers finished in the top 20 as Geoff Shaw placed 11th, Jordan Russell came in 14th and Johannes Veerman finished 17th.

Nate McCoy is the first Cyclone to play in the NCAA Championships as an individual since the regional format was implemented in 1989. The senior from West Des Moines fired a final-round 71 Saturday at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional, finishing seventh at 212 (73-68-71) and earning an individual spot at the 2012 NCAA Championships. McCoy captured the regional's lone individual qualifying berth by outlasting Arkansas' Ethan Tracy, who was one shot back at 213. Iowa State as a team tied for ninth, 10 shots off the final qualifying team.

Baylor ended its 2011-12 season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. The Bears, making their 15th consecutive NCAA Regional trip, finished the weekend at 30-over 882 (296-297-289). 2012 Big 12 champion Joakim Mikkelsen concluded his college career with a 13th-place showing at 2-under 211 (67-73-71). He carded a 71.38 scoring average this season in 40 rounds, the second-lowest single-season average in BU program history.

Oklahoma State saw its record string of 65-straight NCAA Championship appearances come to an end after the Cowboys finished eighth at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The Cowboys carded a 6-over 290 to finish at 11-over 863 at the par-71, 6,723-yard layout. OSU finished 14 shots out of the fifth and final qualifying spot held by TCU. OSU had made the championship every year since the program's inception in 1947. The longest current string is now 12 years in a row held by Florida.

Texas Tech headed into the final round in sixth place overall, just one stroke back of fifth place, but that would be as close as the Red Raiders would get as they ended the final day with a 10th place finish. TTU ends the 2012 season with 10 Top 10 finishes, including third place at the Big 12 Conference Championships. The NCAA Regional appearance in Greensboro was the 11th consecutive for the program, which is the longest active streak on the Texas Tech campus.

The lowest five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advanced to the NCAA Finals.

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