Four men’s teams from the Big 12 successfully navigated their way through regional competition and earned a spot in the NCAA Golf Championship May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Oklahoma State shot a 54-hole score of 33-under-par 831 to win the Columbia, Mo., Regional and capture its 10th consecutive regional victory. The Cowboys’ men’s team shot a 16-under score of 272 over the final 18 holes at the Old Hawthorne Club to win the regional title by five strokes.
Iowa State tied for fourth in the Columbia Regional to earn its first trip to the NCAA Championship since 1953.
The 19th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners came in third in the Eugene, Ore., Regional. The Sooners finished with a 20-over-par score of 860 to advance to the NCAA finals for the fourth straight year. Three Sooners finished in the top 10 on the leaderboard in Eugene, including sophomore Beau Titsworth, and juniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon.
Texas, the Big 12 champions this season, punched its ticket to the finals by claiming the final and final qualifying spot at the Auburn, Ala., Regional. Texas finished with a 54-hole total of 20-over 884. This marks the Longhorns’ eighth consecutive appearance in the national championship. That is the second longest active streak next to UCLA’s 12 consecutive appearances.
In addition to the four teams going to the NCAA finals in golf, TCU’s Julien Brun was the individual medalist at the San Antonio Regional and, in so doing, earned a spot in the championship finals in Hutchinson.. Brun had an even-par 72 in the final round to finish the tournament with a winning score of 10-under par 206. This is the TCU junior’s ninth career title and third this season.
As a team, the Horned Frogs came up just short of qualifying and becoming the fifth Big 12 school to advance to the 2014 NCAA finals, finishing in sixth place, two strokes back of the fifth and final qualifying position.
Brun will forego the NCAA Championship, however, and will play instead that weekend as an amateur at the PGA Tour Crown Plaza International Tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth. He is the third TCU golfer to earn an individual spot in the NCAA Golf Championship.