For the fifth time in the last seven years, led by senior leaders Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim, the Texas Men’s Golf team is moving onto the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championship. As a team, Texas posted a four-round score of 16-over par. This included scores of 289, 291, 293 and 295. A consistent, major mistake free weekend helped the Longhorns squeak in the top eight by two strokes. Two clutch birdie putts from Ghim and Scheffler on the seventy-second and last hole of stroke play turned out to be the difference.
Ben Hogan Award winner Doug Ghim led the way for Texas, shooting 6-under par, which was good for third overall individually. Scheffler followed by posting a 4-under par score. He finished sixth overall on the individual leaderboard. Texas was the only school to have two golfers finish in the Top-10 individually. Sophomore Spencer Soosman shot 11-over, junior Steven Chervony shot 16-over and redshirt freshman Drew Jones shot 29-over. Soosman’s even-par round four was huge for the team.
Earning the No. 7 seed, Texas will face the No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of match play. Outside of an impressive 12-under score in round three of stroke play, Duke posted a 20-over score the other three rounds.
Here are the tee times and pairings for tomorrow’s matchup:
#NCAAGolf quarterfinal pairings are official— Texas Men's Golf (@TexasMGolf) May 29, 2018
7 am CT start - 1st tee#TEXAS (7 seed) vs Duke (2 seed)
7 - Soosman vs Eaton
7:10 - Scheffler vs Smalley
7:20 - Chervony vs Katz
7:30 - Jones vs Pendaries
7:40 - Ghim vs Shuman @GolfChannel LIVE coverage 10 am-12:30 pm CT! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/FOZx9LkUHB
Live coverage of the quarterfinals will start at 10:00 a.m. CT on the Golf Channel. If the Longhorns advance, they will face the winner of No. 3 seed Texas Tech and No. 6 seed Alabama later in the afternoon for a spot in the championship. Live coverage of the semifinals starts at 3:00 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel.
Via Golfstat, you can follow along and track every hole for each Longhorn golfer here.
Not only does Texas advance to NCAA match play, but incoming freshman Pierceson Coody won the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior today.— Brentley Romine (@GolfweekBRomine) May 29, 2018
Coody is the grandson of Masters champ Charles Coody. Coody's twin, Parker, will also play for UT this fall.
Big achievement for a future Longhorn golfer to cap a big day on the Forty Acres for the men’s golf program.