Texas men’s golf finishes first in stroke play, advances to match play at the NCAA Championships

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Texas has advanced to the match play bracket at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Longhorns finished the stroke play stage in first place by one shot and will be the No. 1 seed in match play.

“I think momentum played a big role,” head coach John Fields said. “Obviously you want to be the No. 1 seed going into match play. I'm really proud of our guys for getting that through 72 holes of competition. [Monday] wasn't our best, but we played well the two prior days.”

Junior Beau Hossler finished fifth at even par after carding a 3-over 73 in Monday’s final round. Sophomore Doug Ghim shot a 1-over 71 to finish in a tie for 22nd at 6-over.

Junior Gavin Hall tied for 26th at 7-over after posting a 3-over 73. Sophomore Scottie Scheffler shot a 7-over 77 to finish in a tie for 40th at 9-over. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk tied for 45th at 10-over after firing an even par 70.

“I think we are comfortable; we have been the team to beat all year,” Funk said. “We have five great players on our team. One guy can have a bad day and the rest can make it up for him.”

The match play quarterfinals begin Tuesday morning, and the semifinals will be played in the afternoon. The Longhorns tee off against rival Oklahoma, the No. 8 seed, in the quarterfinals at 9:50 a.m. The national championship match is Wednesday. 

“It's just a different format, but the way we approach the golf course is the same,” Ghim said. “You are just trying to beat one other guy. If you make a mess of a hole, then you try not to get down on yourself and keep pushing through. You never know what can happen in match play.”