Many considered this year’s Oklahoma State team as one of the best collegiate golf teams ever, but today the Longhorns were a shot better than the defending champion Cowboys. Thanks to some late-round heroics by senior Steven Chervony and an overly-impressive performance by freshman Cole Hammer, Texas won a thrilling 3-2 match to advance to Wednesday’s championship match against the Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford defeated Vanderbilt 3-2 in their semifinals match.
Since John Fields took over as the program’s head coach in 1997, he’s led the Longhorns to three national championship matches and seven top-five finishes. This also marks the program’s ninth all-time National Championship appearance. The latest appearance resulted in a loss to a PAC-12 program (Oregon, 2016).
With their season on-the-line against Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, this young, extremely talented Texas team remained resilient from start-to-finish on Tuesday.
Hammer was dialed in on the front nine during his semifinal match. He made six birdies and shot an even 30 on the front nine en route to his victory against individual champion Matthew Wolff.
Texas looked like the better team for most of the afternoon, but the Cowboys were able to secure two narrow victories. It all came down to the Chervony-Bauchou match. After the two delivered some back-and-forth blows to each other on holes 15, 16, and 17, Chervony was trailing by one heading into the final hole. He went on to confidently bury his birdie putt on the 18th hole and fist-pumped his way into the playoff.
With Chervony in with a par, the pressure was on Bauchou to extend the match. His four-foot par putt lipped out and the celebration began for the Horns.
Semifinal Match Play Results
Soosman vs. Hovland (2&1) — OSU
Hammer (4&3) vs. Wolff — UT
Pierceson Coody (5&4) vs. Wood — UT
Parker Coody vs. Eckhoat (3&2) — OSU
Chervony (19 Holes) vs. Bauchou — UT
Due to some potential inclement weather in the afternoon, the championship match will take place early Wednesday morning instead of during the afternoon. Live coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. CT on the Golf Channel.