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Texas wins NCAA Golf Title

USC Sports Information
published 03 Jun 2012

see also: NCAA Division I National Championship

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (June 3, 2012) -- Texas senior Dylan Frittelli sunk a dramatic 30-foot putt on the 18th green to clinch a 3-2 win over Alabama and claim the Longhorns’ third national title in the match play final of the USC-hosted 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at the Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Sunday (June 3).

Texas won its first national crown since back-to-back wins in 1971-72 thanks to a comeback victory after the Longhorns went down 2-0. The win today was also the Longhorns’ eighth this season.

The Crimson Tide, which finished first in the 54-hole stroke play tournament to qualify as the No. 1-seed in the eight-team match play field earlier this week, and which stormed through its quarterfinal and semifinal matches, trailed much of the final round, save for its final pairing.

Alabama senior Hunter Hamrick quickly went out to a six-hole lead through nine holes against Texas junior Julio Vegas, but the rest of his Alabama teammates were in tight matches.

That was the case for the first pairing that became official. Sophomore Bobby Wyatt had just gone down by a hole after 16, but eagled 17 and then birdied 18 to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. Shortly after, Hamrick finalized his own win, closing down Vegas, 6&5, with a par on 13.

Meanwhile, in the third pairing of Alabama junior Scott Strohmeyer and Texas junior Cody Gribble, the action ended on 17. Gribble never trailed throughout the match and his birdie on 17 gave him a 2&1 win and cut the Tide’s lead in half.

The marquee matchup of two of the best amateurs in the country in freshmen Justin Thomas of Alabama and Jordan Spieth of Texas had been one-sided much of the day and Spieth had taken a 3-hole lead on 15.

Thus, all attention turned to the second pairing of Alabama sophomore Cory Whitsett and Texas’ Frittelli. Whitsett birdied the par 5 17th hole to tie the match and send fans flocking to 18.

By the time Whitsett and Frittelli were on the 18th green, Spieth had wrapped up his win over Thomas, 3&2.

Back on 18, Whitsett, who was away, whiffed on his chip from the fringe before sending his second attempt to within a makeable bogey distance. But Frittelli, needing only a two-put, erased any doubt by sinking his championship-clinching putt from the edge of the green.

NCAA Division I National Championship: Top Finishers

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Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings points events
Place    Player Scores
1 Belgium Thomas Pieters, Belgium 69-68-71--208
T2 France Julien Brun, France 72-72-67--211
T2 FL Tyler McCumber, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 68-71-72--211
T4 CA Patrick Cantlay, Los Alamitos, CA 74-72-66--212
T4 Canada Corey Conners, Canada 68-75-69--212
T4 TX Cory Whitsett, Houston, TX 73-68-71--212
T7 FL Blayne Barber, Lake City, FL 69-74-70--213
T7 KY Justin Thomas, Goshen, KY 70-70-73--213
T9 CA Max Homa, Valencia, CA 76-70-73--213
T9 OK Will Kropp, Edmond, OK 69-75-70--214
T9 TN Keith Mitchell, Chattanooga, TN 73-72-69--214
T9 IN Patrick Rodgers, Avon, IN 69-72-73--214
T13 CA Anton Arboleda, La Canada, CA 67-72-76--215
T13 NY Dominic Bozzelli, Mendon, NY 69-75-71--215
T13 FL Greg Eason, FL 71-72-72--215
T13 Portugal Pedro Figueiredo, Portugal 74-72-69--215
T13 CA Steve Lim, La Palma, CA 74-72-69--215
T13 CA J.J. Spaun, San Dimas, CA 72-74-69--215
T13 IA Joseph Winslow, IA 69-75-71--215
T13 Canada Eugene Wong, Canada 72-74-69--215
T21 OK Abraham Ancer, OK 70-72-74--216
T21 FL Daniel Berger, Jupiter, FL 75-69-72--216
T21 South Africa Dylan Frittelli, South Africa 72-72-72--216
T21 AL Hunter Hamrick, Montgomery, AL 73-73-70--216
T21 CA Daniel Miernicki, Santee, CA 73-70-73--216
T21 Ireland Kevin Phelan, Ireland 72-71-73--216
T21 TX Julio Vegas, Austin, TX 72-73-71--216
T21 ID Chris Williams, Moscow, ID 75-71-70--216
T29 England Tom Berry, England 73-73-71--217
T29 South Africa M.J. Daffue, South Africa 74-71-72--217
T29 TX Ty Dunlap, Westlake, TX 72-74-71--217
T29 FL Brooks Koepka, Wellington, FL 71-72-74--217
T29 FL Chase Marinell, FL 71-70-76--217
T29 IA Nate McCoy, W. Des Moines, IA 72-73-72--217
T29 Chinese Taipei Cheng Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei 73-72-72--217
T29 OR Andrew Vijarro, Bend, OR 70-75-72--217
T37 CA Josh Anderson, Murrieta, CA 72-76-70--218
T37 Canada Albin Choi, Canada 71-77-70--218
T37 Portugal Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal 72-73-73--218
T37 OH Kyle Kmiecik, Avon, OH 74-70-74--218
T37 GA T.J. Mitchell, Albany, GA 71-74-73--218
T37 OK Geoff Shaw, Edmond, OK 76-72-70--218
T37 CA Trevor Simsby, Carlsbad, CA 76-70-72--218
T37 NC Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, NC 71-75-72--218

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