Southern Highlands Collegiate: Oklahoma claims team title, UNLV's Jack Trent wins individual

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Southern Highlands Collegiate: Oklahoma claims team title, UNLV's Jack Trent wins individual

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Southern Highlands Collegiate: Oklahoma claims team title, UNLV's Jack Trent wins individual

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LAS VEGAS The 2019 Southern Highlands Collegiate featured a loaded field of the nation’s best talent and the players did not disappoint.

Texas freshman Cole Hammer was nails down the stretch, finishing bogey-birdie-birdie-birdie en route to an 8-under 64 to tie UNLV sophomore Jack Trent at 10-under and force a playoff on Tuesday at Las Vegas’ Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Trent prevailed after three playoff holes, all on the par-5 18th, winning his first college event on one of UNLV’s home courses. The tournament win also brings an exemption to the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October at TPC Summerlin.

Trent almost doomed himself with his tee shot on the first playoff hole, finding the left fairway bunker. He was forced to punch out, while Hammer safely advanced his ball inside 100 yards for a great chance to win.

“I thought I had to go for (the green),” explained Trent. “So I tried to hit it really hard and double-crossed it. I was like ‘Oh, that’s it.’”

Playing from the trees well right of the hole, Trent hit a beautiful recovery shot to put the pressure on Hammer, who missed a putt from no more than three feet for the win.

“I’m fortunate that he missed, you don’t want to see a player do that,” said Trent. “Luckily for me I capitalized on it.”

Trent said he felt energized and thought the tide had turned heading to the second playoff hole. Both players made birdies, which lead to the third and final hole, where Trent ultimately prevailed.

The sophomore was unable to explain how he felt in the moment, but knows he has plenty to look forward to the rest of the season.

“I’m going to focus on this win now and then I’ll focus on the Shriners later,” Trent said with a winners’ smile.

What made the moment even more special was the presence of his mother, who came all the way from Australia to witness the win.

On the team side, Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins drilled a 20-plus foot putt on the 18th hole in the final group to give his Sooners the team title. At the time, they were tied with Texas.

“We’ve been coming to this tournament for awhile,” said Cummins, playing in his third Southern Highlands Collegiate. “We’ve been in contention but never really came through, so finally getting the team win like this is pretty special.”

Cummins had a tough putt up and over a hill, but coach Ryan Hybl knew it was going in the whole way.

“It looked good right off the putter,” said Hybl. “I felt like somebody was going to make a birdie, and sure enough Quade was able to produce.”

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