NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Proves Anything Can Happen
The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship is being played from May 26 through the 29th on the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course outside of Chicago. The tournament features over 150 athletes from 30 universities competing over the Memorial Day weekend. The NCAA Championship format is a stroke play elimination with a match play championship bracket on the final day of play.
The weekend has had plenty of surprises as many of the top rated teams have slipped out of the final 15 elimination following day 3 of play. The most stunning elimination of all was the #2 rated Stanford Cardinals team which finished their tournament play at 15 over par. This underperformance landed the team ranked 20th in the tournament leaving them outside of the top 15 and eliminated. However, this disappointment from Stanford gave way for several other teams to make unforeseen qualifications into the final 15. The most notable include #25 rated Pepperdine and #47 rated Central Florida who took advantage of the opportunity. University of Central Florida head coach, Bryce Wallor, discussed his teams performance in the video bellow.
The Pepperdine Men’s Golf Team also voiced their excitement on twitter with the following tweet. Both teams snuck into the final cut off by golfing 5 over and 7 over respectively. The Vanderbilt and Southern California teams had extremely dominant performances on day 3 as both teams shot 8 under par helping them top off the rankings.
The surprising standings moving onto the final day of championship play are a testament to the fact that anything can happen in the game of golf. The 18-hole championship golf course that spans over 1,800 acres has proven to be a challenging one. The full standings and results of the final day of tournament play can be found here.