Oklahoma State rolls past Georgia Tech at NCAAs

Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler and senior Seth Reeves during the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – It was a match no one wanted to see this early at the NCAA Championship, but it happened – No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State.

Georgia Tech, who has advanced to match play four of the last five years, fell to Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals at Prairie Dunes Country Club on Tuesday, 4-0-1.

“You can only control what you can (control) and unfortunately that’s not the other team,” Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said.

Oklahoma State got out of the gates fast as they lead in all five matches between Nos. 10 and 11 – the starting holes for this match.

“I just felt like we were chasing them all day,” Heppler added.

It wasn’t until the back nine Georgia Tech started to make a run to get back into the match. But even then, putts that needed to drop, didn’t, especially for Yellow Jacket senior Seth Reeves.

It was the one match-up that was requested. Reeves asked Heppler if he and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge could play against each other.

Why?

Reeves and Niebrugge played against each other twice over the 2013 amateur circuit at the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur, where the duo split their matches.

Heppler said Reeves wanted this because if it was his last time playing collegiate golf, he wanted to play against his good friend.

It didn’t help Reeves or the Yellow Jackets that Niebrugge played an absolute flawless round and finished at 5 under (unofficially) on the day. It lead to a 2-and-1 victory.

The deciding point came as Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark finished off Anders Albertson, 1 up, on No. 9.

With that, Oklahoma State will make its first appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship since 2011. The Cowboys will take on stroke-play champion, Stanford.

“The reality is that only one team walks away from here completely satisfied,” Heppler said.

And for the second consecutive year it was “close, but no cigar,” Heppler said, again for the Yellow Jackets.

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Final scores

Match #1: Talor Gooch (Oklahoma State) def. Richy Werenski

Match #2: Zachary Olsen (Oklahoma State) def. Bo Andrews

Match #3: Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State def. Anders Albertson

Match #4: Ian Davis (Oklahoma State) vs. Ollie Schniederjans, All square

Match #5: Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State) def. Seth Reeves

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