SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After three rounds of play at the challenging Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club, it’s time for the first cut.
On Sunday evening the field of 30 teams at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship was cut down to 15 teams for Monday’s final round of stroke play. The top nine individuals not on an advancing team will also tee it up with a shot at a national title. The individual national champion will be crowned after Monday’s round, and the top-eight teams will advance to match play on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech defeated TCU in a five-player playoff to secure the final team position, while Oregon State’s Spencer Tibbits defeated NC State’s Benjamin Shipp in a 2-for-1 playoff for the last individual spot in Monday’s final round.
Get to know the 15 teams that will be competing for a spot in match play at the NCAA Championship.
1. Oklahoma State
The 11-time national champions are back atop the stroke-play leaderboard, just like they were at the last NCAA Championship in 2019. Led by freshman Bo Jin, the Cowboys have three players inside the top 15 and are the lone team under par and lead by a considerable margin. https://twitter.com/OSUCowboyGolf/status/1399130539127455744
The Sooners are led by sixth-year senior Quade Cummins, who is playing in his third national championship this week and finds himself T-3 at 5 under on the leaderboard.
Oklahoma golfer Quade Cummins tees off on the second during the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
3. Arizona State
The hosts are defending home turf in Scottsdale. The Sun Devils have climbed up the leaderboard over the last couple rounds by minimizing mistakes and riding the impressive play of sophomore Ryggs Johnston, who during Saturday's second round shot the low score of the tournament, a blistering 7-under 63. The field's average score on Saturday? 73.70.
Arizona State golfer Ryggs Johnston tees off on the ninth during the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
One of few teams under par in Sunday's third round, the Illini have been steady the last two days after a disappointing start in the first round. Graduate student Michael Feagles began his round on Sunday with five birdies in his first seven holes and currently sits T-5 on the individual leaderboard. https://twitter.com/IlliniMGolf/status/1399081147410173952
5. Florida State
The Seminoles had an uncharacteristically rough day in the second round but bounced back to climb into the top five on Sunday. Four time winners this season, Florida State is led by senior John Pak, a Haskins Award finalist who finds himself T-10 and 2 under on the individual leaderboard.
Florida State golfer John Pak looks on during the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
The Commodores played their way to the semifinals in 2019 and are in prime position to go on another run this year. Top-two players William Moll and Reid Davenport have struggled a bit this week, but expect them to right the ship when the pressure's on. https://twitter.com/VandyMGolf/status/1399106298973589504
T-6. Wake Forest
With scores of 287-284-282, Wake Forest has been consistently in the conversation all week, and all season. Three-time winners in their first four events of the spring, the Demon Deacons have cooled off a bit as of late but have the talent to be the last team standing. On a difficult scoring day on Sunday, senior Parker Gillam shot the low-round of the day, a 6-under 64. https://twitter.com/WakeMGolf/status/1399149389700993025
T-6. North Carolina
The Tar Heels entered as the No. 6 seed and that's where they sit after three rounds. North Carolina entered the national championship on a bit of a run after winning stroke play at the ACC Championship and finishing T-2 in the NCAA Noblesville Regional. https://twitter.com/UNCmensGolf/status/1399092423431647234
Redshirt senior Clay Feagler passed his head coach Michael Beard on the all-time list for rounds played during Sunday’s third round, where he shot a 3-over 73. The Waves were a title favorite in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the season and are back in the conversation once again this year. https://twitter.com/PeppGolf/status/1399146775311618054
Head coach Larry Penley is retiring after 38 years at the helm of his alma mater and his Tigers are in the mix. Speaking of in the mix, senior Turk Pettit is just two shots behind individual leader Bo Jin and will be playing for the national title on Monday.
Clemson golfer Turk Pettit hits on the second fairway during the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
11. Sam Houston State
The feel-good story of the week. If you’re not familiar with Sam Houston State’s road to the NCAA Championship, it was a bumpy one. The Bearkats were forced to complete the Stillwater Regional without its leader and star player, William Holcomb, due to COVID-19 contact tracing. His teammates rallied without him to punch their ticket to this week’s NCAA Championship, their first in program history. Holcomb is T-8 on the individual leaderboard at 3 under, six shots outside first. If you're a fan of an underdog, this is your team. https://twitter.com/BearkatsMGolf/status/1399189102495289349
Par has been a solid score this week at Grayhawk, and the Cardinals have done well to not make too many big numbers. That said, they aren't making too many birdies, either. Sitting 12th and 11 shots outside the top eight, Louisville will need to go low on Monday if they have a shot at match play.
T-13. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders held the lead after the first round of play on Friday thanks to their strong language mentality, but struggled on Saturday and stumbled down the leaderboard. Texas Tech improved by 16 shots on Sunday to remain inside the top 15, but Monday's lineup will look a bit different. For the final round, freshman JP Roller has taken the place of redshirt senior Kyle Hogan. https://twitter.com/kirbyhocutt/status/1399141175148302341
The hosts from 2019 advanced to their 13th consecutive NCAA Championship this week but sit 15 shots outside match play. Senior Tyson Reeder has been the bright spot of the week thus far for the Razorbacks, sitting T-34 at 5 over. https://twitter.com/RazorbackMGolf/status/1399137255525011456
15. Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets advanced to the final round of stroke play after defeating TCU in a five-player playoff on Monday morning to secure the final spot. With each player playing one hole, Georgia Tech managed a cumulative score of 1 over, defeating TCU by three shots. https://twitter.com/GTGolf/status/1399384931558559744
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