Five Big 12 men’s golf teams made it succcessfully through the regional gauntlet and are headed to the NCAA Championships May 28- June 2 at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course, the home track of the University of Georgia.
Texas and Oklahoma State, both of which always seem to make NCAA postseason play in golf, qualified for the Championship Finals out of the Fayetteville Regional. Texas shot a team score of 16-over-par 88o over the 54-hole tournament to finish third in the team standings. Oklahoma State was right behind the Longhorns, in fourth place, after posting a collective score of 18-over 882, just two shots back of Texas.
Oklahoma State is returning to the NCAA Championship this year after having its string of 65 consecutive NCAA appearances snapped last year.
Oklahoma punched its ticket to the NCAA Championship by defeating South Florida in a one-hole playoff at the Talllahassee Regional. The Sooners were tied with the team from South Florida after 54 holes for the fifth and final qualifying position to advance in the NCAA golf tourney. OU finished 11th at last year’s national tournament at Pacific Palisades, Calif.
TCU earned its bid to the Championship finals by finishing second at the Pullman (Wash.) Regional. The Horned Frogs are playing in their fourth NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Julian Brun shot a five-under 67 in the final round, good enough for sixth place overall on in the individual leaderboard, to lead TCU to its second-place finish.
Texast Tech was the final team from the Big 12 that is moving on to the NCAA golf finals. The Red Raiders came in fifth and grabbed the final qualifying sport at the Columbus (Ohio) Regional.