Oregon and Texas set for NCAA Men's Div. I Final
31 May 2016
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

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Beau Hossler of Texas grabs his shoulder in pain after hitting a shot at No. 17 <br> (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
Beau Hossler of Texas grabs his shoulder in pain after hitting a shot at No. 17
(Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
EUGENE, OREGON (May 31, 2016) -- It was the most amazing match play finish I've ever seen.

Playing against Andrew Levitt of USC, Beau Hossler fought back from 2-down only to injure his shoulder on the par-5 15th hole while going for the green in two.

The pain got so bad that he buckled over immediately after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 16th. If you only saw the swing, you would never believe his ball would get airborne, let alone clear the water and land safely on the other side of the difficult hole.

Somehow, Hossler managed to concentrate on his chip shot, strike it perfectly and hole it to go 2-up. But after hitting his tee shot on No. 17 and once again buckling over, it appeared he wouldn't be able to go on.

But quitting isn't part of Hossler's DNA, he was going to give it his best shot.

"Obviouly, I didn't want to hurt myself," Hossler told Steve Burkowski of The Golf Channel, when asked if he thought about not finishing the match. "But at the same time this is a national championship - this is the goal that I had the first day I stepped on campus at Texas ... sometimes you've got to sacrifice a little bit to do that."

This is where it got pretty amazing. One more painful shot from the right rough later, and Hossler found himself in the right hand greenside bunker, with an uphill lie and not much green to work with. A straightforward bunker shot for a Division I college player, but not in the shape he was in physically.

So he pulled out the putter, rolled it safely out (but twenty feet past) and holed a 20 foot, left-to-right downhill putt for the win.

Whether he plays tomorrow is a mystery. Should he have time to nurse the shoulder sufficiently, it's still going to be tough to put the thought of it flaring up on a swing out of his mind. We certainly wish him the best.

Texas ended up not needing Hossler's point, but he would have had no way to know it at the time. They beat USC 4-1.

In the other semifinal match, Oregon defeated No. 2 Illinois, with big wins by Edwin Yi and Zack Foushee (he was on fire against Nick Hardy, winning 5&3) and a close 1-up victory by Sulman Raza over Charlie Danielson.


As for the pairings against Oregon, they were made by the captains with both teams present to put their names up after their pick. Oregon coach Casey Martin, chose to avoid pairing his No. 1 player (and individual champ) against Hossler. That way if Hossler is unable to play he isn't using him in a match that is won by default.

Following are the pairings for Wednesday's final match, which starts at 5:00pm EDT/2:00pm PDT. You can watch live on The Golf Channel at 6:00pm/3:00pm. Don't miss it!

Edwin Yi of Oregon vs. Gavin Hall of Texas

Aaron Wise of Oregon vs. Scottie Scheffler of Texas

Zack Foushee of Oregon vs. Beau Hossler of Texas

Sulman Raza of Oregon vs. Taylor Funk of Texas

Thomas Lim of Oregon vs. Doug Ghim of Texas
ABOUT THE NCAA Championship

National championship of NCAA Division I men's golf teams. 54 holes of stroke play determine the individual champion, with the low 8 teams advancing to match play to determine the team champion.

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Results For NCAA Division I National Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
1CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA150070-70-64-71=275
2CARico HoeyRancho Cucamonga, CA100070-69-69-69=277
T3AustriaMatthias SchwabAustria70071-68-67-73=279
T3SpainJon RahmSpain70071-68-69-71=279
5CABeau HosslerMission Viejo, CA70070-70-67-73=280

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