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NCAA Men’s Regionals: Top-seeded Arizona State fails to advance, West Virginia makes NCAAs for first time since 1947

By admin May16,2024

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College golf’s championship season is that much closer to crowning a national champ.

The six men’s golf regional championship sites that featured 13 or 14 teams and five to 10 individuals (81 teams and 45 individuals, total) concluded play Wednesday, and there were plenty of stellar performances and even some upsets.

Below you’ll find a recap from each regional along with star performances.

Winning team: Texas, 27 under

Advancing teams: 1. Texas, 2. Tennessee, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Utah, 5. Wake Forest

Individual winner: Christiaan Maas, Texas, 9 under

Advancing individual: Kelvin Hernandez, UNGC

Star performance: Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons beat BYU in a playoff for the fifth and final spot out of the Austin Regional.

Keep an eye on: Texas. The Longhorns have now ran away with the Big 12 title and now the regional title by 16 shots. Perhaps Texas, the hosts at La Costa, can have some luck on the West Coast, too.

Winning team: Auburn, 21 under

Advancing teams: 1. Auburn, 2. Virginia, 3. Texas Tech, 4. Ohio State, 5. LSU

Individual winner: Baard Skogen, Texas Tech, 8 under

Advancing individual: Ethan Evans, Duke

Star performance: Auburn. The Tigers have lost to only four teams all year, and they dominated the final round on Wednesday to win by eight shots.

Keep an eye on: Ohio State. The Buckeyes stole one of the top five spots, but with Neal Shipley and Maxwell Moldovan, they’re capable of making a run if their stars perform.

Winning team: Clemson, 25 under

Advancing teams: 1. Clemson, 2. East Tennessee State, 3. North Carolina, 4. Georgia Tech, 5. Baylor

Individual winner: Austin Greaser, North Carolina

Advancing individual: Nick Mathews, N.C. State

Star performance: East Tennessee State. ETSU continues to prove again and again it can hang with the Power 5 schools. Now, could ETSU go on a run like Pepperdine did in 2021 to win a national title? We’ll have to wait and see. Also, No. 10 Clemson is the first double-digit seed to win a regional since the switch in format in 2009.

Keep an eye on: North Carolina. A third-place showing at its home regional may be cause for concern for some, but don’t overlook the 2023 national semifinalists. The Tar Heels are capable of beating any teams in the country in match play or stroke play.

Winning team: Oklahoma, 3 under

Advancing teams: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. California, 4. West Virginia, 5. North Florida

Individual winner: Ben Lorenz, Oklahoma, 8 under

Advancing individual: Andi Xu, San Diego

Star performance: West Virginia. For the first time since 1947, the Mountaineers are heading to the NCAA Championship. And they did so in part thanks to knocking off top-seeded Arizona State.

Keep an eye on: Oklahoma. The Sooners have been playing solid golf all season long, and their best tournament yet was at regionals. That’s cause for excitement.

Winning team: Illinois, 36 under

Advancing teams: 1. Illinois, 2. Florida State, 3. Texas A&M, 4. SMU, 5. Stanford

Individual winner: Max Herendeen, Illinois, 13 under

Advancing individual: Ben Warian, Minnesota

Star performance: Illinois. After not capturing the Big 10 Championship for the first time in nearly a decade, the Illini bounced back in a big way with a big win at the Stanford Regional. In a week, Illinois will be back in California.

Keep an eye on: Michael Thornjornsen. The senior at Stanford will play in his final college event at Stanford in NCAAs. With a strong performance, he will secure a PGA Tour card via PGA Tour University.

Winning team: Vanderbilt, 24 under

Advancing teams: 1. Vanderbilt, 2. Purdue, 3. Arizona, 4. Florida, 5. New Mexico

Individual winner: William Moll, Vanderbilt, 7 under

Advancing individual: Garrett Endicott, Mississippi State

Star performance: Vanderbilt. The Commodores came in as the top-ranked team, and they played like it all three days. William Moll took home medalist honors while Gordon Sargent finished a shot behind his teammate.

Keep an eye on: Florida. The defending national champions have a lot of new pieces in the lineup this year from the team that won it all at Grayhawk, but don’t count the Gators out.

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