The Texas Longhorns men’s golf team shot a 280 in the final round of the NCAA Regional to take the top spot among NCAA Championship qualifiers in Franklin, Tenn. Wednesday. It’s the 10th straight time the Longhorns have advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Texas finished 11 strokes ahead of second place Vanderbilt, at 45 under par, and 20 strokes ahead of Houston and LSU which tied for third. The final team to qualify for the NCAA Championship, to be held in Eugene, Ore., was Virginia.
“To be able to do this 10 straight years is outstanding,” said head coach John Fields. “I’m really proud of our guys. It isn’t easy to compete at this level all the time.”
The Longhorns shot 819 over three rounds, led by Doug Ghim, who finished in a tie for second place after shooting 69 in the final round. After shooting a 64 in the first round, Ghim shot 69 in each of the final two rounds to finish at 202, 14 under par. He finished two shots behind Michael Perras of Houston, who took medalist honors at 16 under par.
Gavin Hall and Taylor Funk finished in a tie for sixth place at 9 under par. Hall shot a 68, with the help of an eagle and four birdies, while Funk shot a 73 in the final round. Three bogeys on the back nine kept Funk from staying under par for the round.
Beau Hossler wasn’t able to continue the charge he made on Tuesday as he shot a 71, 1 under par in the final round. After shooting 73 in the first round, Hossler had jumped 24 spots when he shot 64 on Tuesday. He finished the tournament at 208, 8 under par for a tie for ninth place.
Scottie Scheffler shot an even round to finish in a tie for 18th.
Texas will begin their 66th appearance at the NCAA Championship on May 27.
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