Vanderbilt freshman Sargent wins NCAA golf title


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent curled in a brief birdie putt on the primary gap of a four-man playoff on Monday to turn out to be the ninth freshman to win the NCAA particular person title.

Sargent did not have a birdie throughout a 4-over 74 at Grayhawk Golf Membership, however made the playoff when Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra three-putted for bogey on the par-4 seventeenth. Sargent hit an enormous drive on 520-yard, par-4 18th within the playoff and put his second shot six ft beneath the outlet.

Texas senior Parker Coody chipped it shut from brief left of the inexperienced on his birdie strive, and North Carolina senior Ryan Burnett missed a protracted birdie putt. After Lopez-Chacarra missed a par putt — he was nicely left of the inexperienced — the stage was set for Sargent.

The Haskins Award finalist from Birmingham, Alabama, slipped the putt in on the left edge, sending a roar by means of the group and his teammates dashing onto the inexperienced in celebration. He’s the primary freshman to win the person title since Southern California’s Jamie Lovemark in 2007.

The 4 gamers completed at even-par 280 on Grayhawk’s Raptor Course.

Oklahoma senior Chris Gotterup missed two brief birdie putts on the again 9 and three-putted for bogey on No. 18 to overlook the playoff by one.

A day after Oklahoma’s Patrick Welch shot 63, gusty winds and quick greens gave gamers matches a lot of the afternoon. Coody and Burnett moved up the leaderboard by taking pictures even on a day when seven of 84 gamers shot beneath par.

Sargent entered the ultimate particular person spherical with a one-shot lead over Gotterup after each shot 68 in Sunday’s third spherical.

Sargent labored within the powerful circumstances by means of the entrance 9, ending with three bogeys and no birdies. He nonetheless managed to tie for the lead at 1 beneath, however a bogey on the par-3 sixteenth dropped him a shot behind Lopez-Chacarra. He parred the final two holes, tying for the lead when Lopez-Chacarra had a three-putt bogey on the seventeenth.

Burnett, who began the ultimate spherical 4 photographs again at even par, had three birdies to make the flip at 1-under 34. He went to 1 over with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 15, however pulled right into a tie for the lead with a birdie on No. 17.

Coody began his closing spherical on No. 10, 4 photographs again, and made the flip in 2-over 37. The Texan reeled off three straight birdies beginning on No. 3 to tie Sargent for the lead at 1 beneath, however closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth to fall one again.

Like Sargent, he ended up within the lead with Lopez-Chacarra’s bogey on 17.

Lopez-Chacarra overcame a triple bogy on the lengthy par-4 seventh and tied Sargent for the lead with a brief birdie on the par-4 fifteenth. Lopez-Chacarra moved into the lead by one because the others faltered, however hit his tee shot on the brief par-4 seventeenth beneath a bush.

He managed to cut it out, solely to three-putt throughout the multi-tiered inexperienced, establishing the playoff.

Vanderbilt, Oklahoma and North Carolina tied for the lead heading into Tuesday’s crew match play. Texas, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Arizona State and Texas Tech additionally certified for match play.

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