- Atlanta Journal Constitution photo
Two men's teams and two women's teams remain at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, to vie Wednesday for the prestigious team match play title and a cap to the makeshift fall college golf season.
The East Lake Cup normally features the semifinalists from the previous season's NCAA Championships, but with COVID disrupting the college schedule, the invites were based on last season's final Golfstat ranking among those teams who are actually competing this fall.
On the men's side, Oklahoma earned the top match play seed in the single round of stroke play qualifying, but looked to be on the way out as it's old Big 12 rival, Texas, led for much of the day. Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody notched two 5&4 wins for the Longhorns, while the other three matches came down to the wire. Any Longhorn win would send Texas to the final, but the Sooners clutched up, with Logan McAllister and Jonathan Brightwell scratching out 19-hole wins.
That left anchor man Quade Cummins to carry the Sooners over the line, outlasting Christoffer Bring 1 up and setting up a title match with Pepperdine University.
Pepperdine also advanced to the title match by the narrowest of margins. Tied 2-2 with Texas Tech, it all came down to Dylan Menante of Pepperdine and Andy Lopez of Texas Tech, who were tied after 16 holes before Menante won the final two to settle things.
On the women's side, Ole Miss enjoyed a much smoother ride to the final. Facing the Texas women, the reigning SEC champions didn't lose a match, racking up four wins and a tie. The semifinal match-up was closer than the 4-0-1 score would indicate, however, as all five matches went at least 17 holes.
Kennedy Swann, Ellen Hume, Julia Johnson and Chiara Tamburlini all won their matches for Ole Miss, while Andrea Lignell keeping their record unblemished with a tie in her match.
They will face South Carolina in the women's final, who also saw all five matches go at least 17 holes in holding off Florida 3-1-1. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard and Mathilde Claisse won their matches 1 up, while Lois Kaye Go closed out her match on the 19th hole to send the Gamecocks through to the final.
With inclement weather forecast on Wednesday, the final matches will be played (and broadcast on Golf Channel) earlier than originally scheduled. The telecast will be 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m Eastern time.
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ABOUT THE East Lake Cup
Started in 2015 and hosted by the historic
Lake Golf Club Atlanta, this collegiate, three-day
play competition features the top-performing
from the previous year's NCAA Men’s
Golf Championships. There is an individual award for
the low 18-hole scorer
in the seeding round.
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