Led by freshman Cole Hammer and senior Steven Chervony, who both scored a nine-under for the tournament, the No. 6 Texas Longhorns took care of business at their home course by shooting 25-under as a team to capture their first tournament victory of the season. The Longhorns ran away from the rest of the field and won the Austin Regional by an impressive 20 strokes. Hammer and Chervony finished in a tie for first individually with TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli.
Hammer. Time. @cole_hammer6765 rolls in the birdie at 5 to get to 2️⃣-under. The freshman currently holds the individual lead at 6️⃣-under at the #NCAAGolf Austin Regional. #TakeDeadAim pic.twitter.com/SgW720rAwi— Texas Men's Golf (@TexasMGolf) May 15, 2019
With the victory, this marks the 13th straight season where this program has made it to the NCAA Championships.
Big 12 foe TCU (-5), Clemson (-1), Pepperdine (+6), and No. 7 USC (+8) were the other four championship qualifiers from the Austin Regional and will join the Longhorns in Fayetteville from May 24-May. 29. Arkansas’ Julian Perico was the lone individual qualifier at three-under.
Texas’ 20-stroke win was by far the largest margin of victory between the six NCAA Regional winners. No. 1 Oklahoma State, Big Ten champion Illinois, Georgia, Texas A&M, and fellow regional-host Stanford were the other regional winners.
The format for next week’s NCAA Championships is laid out below.
Finals play consists of three days of stroke play on Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday, May 27 to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, May 28, followed by finals on Wednesday, May 29.
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