Charleston is the only team from South Carolina to advance. The Cougars hung on to their fifth place position at the West Palm Beach Regional to earn a trip to the finals at Greyhawk Golf Club in Arizona starting on May 27th.
A disappointing day for both Clemson and South Carolina in Regional play. Both teams were in position to advance to the NCAA Finals later this month and both teams could not maintain their position in the top-five of their Regionals.
Charleston advances to the NCAA Finals from Palm Beach Regional
Led by a fourth place finish from Kieron van Wyk, the Cougars finished fifth in the Regional at the PGA National-Champions course.
van Wyk, who held the individual lead after the second round shot a final round 74 to finish at 4-under par and in a tie for fourth place.
Charleston joins Vanderbilt, FSU, Florida and South Florida advancing from the Regional to the NCAA Finals.
“I’m so incredibly proud of this group of young men,” said Cougar golf coach Mitch Krywulycz. “Advancing thru an NCAA Regional is exceptionally difficult with an experienced team, with multiple freshmen and new faces it’s almost unheard of” he said.
In addition to van Wyk, who is a freshman, Neville Rueter another freshman finished in a tie for 10th place.
The Cougar team included 2019 South Carolina AAAAA champion Zac Ruland, Gamecock graduate student transfer Jack Parrott and freshman Ty Sullivan.
“We spoke in our team meeting last night about how difficult today would be, and the pressure they would feel and the intensity at this level. They handled the moment incredibly well and as a program I think this shows the college golf world what we’re capable of,” added the Cougars coach.
Also advancing from the Regional was Gardner-Webb’s Big South champion, Zack Byers, who finished in a tie for sixth place.
Byers carded an even par final round for an even par finish playing as an individual entrant.
Furman’s Ross Funderburke also playing as an individual shot a final round 76 to tie for 30th.
Tigers finish sixth in Columbus
Clemson could not hold their fourth place position at the Columbus Regional and will not advance to the NCAA Finals.
The Tigers posted their worst score of the Regional with a 7-over par 291 and missed qualifying in the fifth spot by 4-shots.
Both Arkansas and East Tennessee where able to move past the Tigers in the final round and join Regional champion Oklahoma State along with Georgia Tech and Ohio State earning the opportunity to continue their seasons.
ACC Champion Jacob Bridgeman shot his best round of the tournament carding a 2-under par 69 to finish the at even par.
However, his tie for 12th place left him 3-shots behind Oakland University’s Thomas Giroux, who tied for third place. Giroux won the single spot reserved for the top individual on a team that did not advance to the finals.
Bridgeman, ranked second in the PGA University Rankings, recorded his 15th round in the 60s this year and the 50th of his Clemson career, an all-time program record. He finishes his Clemson career with a 70.74 stroke average, second only to former Tiger Doc Redman who finished his time at Clemson with a 70.70 average.
After his recent graduation, Bridgeman is expected to turn pro. He has earned full status on the PGA Canada Tour which begins its season in June.
If his position in the top-5 of the PGA University rankings holds through the NCAA Tournament, the Tiger golfer from Inman, SC would begin his professional career as a fully exempt member of the Korn-Ferry Tour.
Since Bridgeman will not be at the NCAA Finals he could begin his professional career at the Rex Hospital Classic in Raleigh the week after the NCAA Finals.
Scores form the Columbus Regional https://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=25461
South Carolina finishes sixth in Norman
The Gamecocks also saw their season come to an end with a sixth place finish in the Regional played in Norman, Oklahoma.
While the Gamecocks team will not advance to the NCAA Championship, red shirt senior Evans Lewis will play in the final as an individual.
Lewis shot a final round 2-under par 69 to move into a 5th place tie with two Oklahoma golfers who will advance as part of the Sooners Regional championship team.
Lewis, a transfer from North Greenville, finished at 6-under par to advance to the national championship.
As a team the Gamecocks lost the last spot to Utah by six-shots after holding a one-shot lead over the Utes going into the last round..
The Gamecock’s top golfer Ryan Hall finished in a tie for 28th at 3-over par.
NCAA Regional Scores from Norman https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=25462
Georgia finishes fourth, Phillips 12th in Bryan Regional
The Bulldog shot their worst round of the Bryan Regional, but had enough breathing room to lose two spots and still advance to the NCAA Finals.
Trent Phillip from Inman, SC. shot a 5-over par 77 to fall from a tie for first to finish in a tie for 12th place.
Arizona won the Region over the defending national champions from Pepperdine. Texas A&M was third with Kansas following Georgia in the fifth spot,
Scores from the Bryan Texas Regional https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=25460
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