San Antonio Regional: Georgia, Georgia St. go 1-2
Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Team winner: Georgia (11-under 853)
Individual winner: Julien Brun, TCU (10-under 206)
Also moving on: Teams – 2. Georgia State (866), 3. Vanderbilt (867), 4. SMU (868), 5. UCLA (869). Individual – Ricardo Gouveia, Central Florida (3-under 213).
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The state of Georgia boasted the top two finishers Saturday at the NCAA San Antonio Regional, as Georgia took the team title at 11-under 853 and Georgia State finished runner-up, 13 shots back of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs, ranked third by Golfweek, were the only team to shoot under par Saturday in windy conditions, carding a 1-under 287. Georgia sophomore Lee McCoy shot the round of the day, posting a final-round, 4-under 68 to finish in second at 9 under, one shot back of medalist Julien Brun of TCU.
Freshman Greyson Sigg (T-9) also finished in the top 10 while seniors Michael Cromie and Joey Garber each tied for 16th for the Bulldogs, who have now qualified for the NCAA Championship for the 16th time in the last 18 seasons.
"They came into this tournament knowing what was at stake, and they were focused every round," Georgia head coach Chris Haack said. "Our goal all year has been to play for the national championship, and now we have that chance."
Georgia State, ranked 46th by Golfweek, went for a 1-over 289 in the final round at Briggs Ranch Golf Course to seal the program's best regional finish. The Panthers also qualified for their fifth NCAA Championship and first since 2007.
Panthers senior Tyler Gruca capped his 6-under 210 total with a final-round 71. His third-place individual finish broke a school record, too. Junior Davin White had a team-best, final-round 69 and finished T-9.
"I am so proud of this team," Georgia State head coach Joe Inman said. "They stayed focused on their goal all season and this is a great reward to now get to play for a national championship."
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TCU's loss is UCLA's gain
TCU junior Julien Brun might have won medalist honors Saturday at Briggs Ranch Golf Course, but his performance at the par-4 18th hole ended the Horned Frogs' chances of advancing to the NCAA Championship.
The 48th-ranked Horned Frogs were two shots better than the Bruins before TCU's Paul Barjon bogeyed the 18th and UCLA's Lorens Chan birdie the hole in the penultimate group. The two teams were then tied at 5 over with only Brun and UCLA's Jonathan Garrick left to play the finishing hole.
But while Garrick closed with par, Brun double-bogeyed to drop TCU out of a chance for a playoff. The Horned Frogs combined to go 4 over at the 18th while the Bruins were even par as a team.
UCLA, ranked 18th by Golfweek, has now advanced to a school-record 12 straight NCAA championships.
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Seventh-ranked Central Florida ended a stretch of two straight NCAA Championship appearances with a seventh-place finish in San Antonio, although senior Ricardo Gouveia was the advancing individual at 3 under, a shot better than teammate Greg Eason. . . . Aside from Central Florida, No. 30 South Florida and No. 47 Georgia Southern were the only other top-50 teams to not advance.