Arizona State and Texas took out top seeds Vanderbilt and Oklahoma on Tuesday to advance to title match of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Sun Devils knocked off No. 2 seed and top-ranked Oklahoma in one of the morning's quarterfinal matches, with Cameron Sisk delivering the winning point on the first extra hole against Stephen Campbell, Jr. Arizona State had an easier time of it in the afternoon, posting a 4-1 win over defending NCAA champion Pepperdine to reach the finals.
“Once you get to college, that’s basically all you work for. Obviously, you have big tournaments throughout the season, but it all leads up to this,” ASU freshman Preston Summerhays told Golfweek
. “We’ve put ourselves in a position to where we can go out and win the whole thing, which is what we try to do every year. It’s a great opportunity that we have tomorrow.”
After shooting 5-under in the final two rounds of stroke play -- 10 strokes better than any other team in the field -- the Texas Longhorns won a pair of tightly contested matches against Big 12 rival Oklahoma State and top-seeded Vanderbilt to reach the national finals.
“Full circle from three years ago, that was a tough loss to Stanford but these guys have come a long way,” said Texas senior Cole Hammer. “We’ve been through a lot with Coody’s breaking their arms, really not having a set lineup and this postseason has been different. The guys have been so focused and we’ve all had our eyes on the prize, as cliché as it is, but it’s pretty fun to be a senior and have an opportunity like this tomorrow.”
Arizona State has never been to the finals since the DI men's golf championship switched to a match-play format in 2009. This will be Texas' first time in the title match since 2019, when they lost to Stanford. The last time Texas won the national championship was in 2012 when Jordan Spieth help lift the Longhorns to the title.
Texas has won the national championship on three occasions (1971, '72 and 2012) while Arizona State has won two NCAA titles (1990, '96). The two schools boast alumni that have combined to win 185 professional events, including 16 major championships.
GOLF Channel will provide live coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT.
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Championship Match Lineups
1:35 p.m. PT – Cole Hammer (Texas) vs. Mason Andersen (ASU)
1:45 p.m. PT – Parker Coody (Texas) vs. James Leow (ASU)
1:55 p.m. PT – Pierceson Coody (Texas) vs. Preston Summerhays (ASU)
2:05 p.m. PT – Mason Nome (Texas) vs. David Puig (ASU)
2:15 p.m. PT – Travis Vick (Texas) vs. Cameron Sisk (ASU)
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No. 7 Arizona State d. No. 2 Oklahoma, 3-2
If there was an upset alert when the seedings were finalized Monday night, many might have looked at the match between No. 7 Arizona State and No. 2 Oklahoma. The Sun Devils made the most of their home surroundings, knocking off the top-ranked team in the country. In an intense battle, Cameron Sisk delivered the winning point on the first extra hole in his match with Stephen Campbell, Jr., converting a 10-foot birdie putt while the Sooner freshman missed his. Freshman Preston Summerhays sent a jolt through the Sun Devils with an early, 7&5 knockout of first-team All-American and Haskins Award winner Chris Gotterup.
Mason Anderson (ASU) d. Patrick Welch, 1UP
Drew Goodman (Oklahoma) d. Josele Ballester, 2UP
Preston Summerhays (ASU) d. Chris Gotterup, 7&5
Logan McAllister (Oklahoma) d. David Puig, 3&2
Cameron Sisk (ASU) d. Steven Campbell, Jr., 19 holes
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No. 6 Pepperdine d. No. 3 North Carolina, 3-2
The defending NCAA champions lived to see another match with a 3&2 win over North Carolina. After Pepperdine junior Dylan Menante tied the match with a win over Ryan Burnett on the 19th hole, senior Derek Hitchner closed out Ryan Gerad on the 17th to move the Waves into the semifinals.
Dylan Menante (Pepperdine) d. Ryan Burnett, 19 holes
David Ford (UNC) d. Joe Highsmith, 1UP
Joe Vrzich (Pepperdine) d. Peter Fountain, 2&1
Austin Greaser (UNC) d. William Mouw, 2&1
Derek Hitchner (Pepperdine) d. Ryan Gerad, 2&1
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No. 1 Vanderbilt d. No. 8 Texas Tech, 3-2
The top-seeded Commodores had their hands full with Texas Tech but managed to rally for a 3&2 win over the Red Raiders. With Texas Tech leading, 2-1, Reid Davenport evened the match by closing out Calum Scott with a long par putt on 18 and then just moments later, NCAA individual champion Gordon Sargent claimed a 3&1 win over Baard Skogen.
Sandy Scott (Texas Tech) d. William Moll, 2&1
Reid Davenport (Vanderbilt) d. Calum Scott, 1UP
Harrison Ott (Vanderbilt) d. Andy Lopez, 2&1
Gordon Sargent (Vanderbilt) d. Baard Skogen, 3&1
Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech) d. Cole Sherwood, 1UP
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No. 4 Texas d. No. 5 Oklahoma State, 3-2
In a battle between two Big 12 rivals, Texas' Mason Nome delivered a 2UP victory over Jonas Baumgartner to send the Longhorns onto the championship match. Nome led by as many as four holes before Baumgartner battled back with three consecutive wins to get within one with two holes to play. Both players birdied the par-3 eighth before Nome closed out the match with a birdie at the ninth for a 2-up victory.
Parker Coody (Texas) d. Bo Jin, 3&2
Bryan Stark (OSU) d. Travis Vick, 2UP
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra (OSU) d. Pierceson Coody, 1UP
Mason Nome (Texas) d. Jonas Baumgartner, 2UP
Cole Hammer (Texas) d. Aman Gupta, 3&2
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No. 7 Arizona State d. No. 6 Pepperdine, 4-1
Mason Andersen, Preston Summerhays and David Puig all delivered wins for the Sun Devils. Andersen was down two holes after 15, before winning holes 16 and 17 to tie the match against Menante. He won the match with a par on the first extra hole to win the match, which was his first lead of the day. Summerhays survived a rollercoaster match against Joe Highsmith. The ASU freshman was 5 up through nine holes, then lost five of the next six holes, but posted wins on 17 and 18 to earn the 2 up win. Puig led for the final 13 holes in his match against Joe Vrzich, but never had more than a two-hole advantage.
Mason Anderson (ASU) d. Dylan Menante, 19 holes
Preston Summerhays (ASU) d. Joe Highsmith, 2UP
David Puig (ASU) d. Joe Vrzich, 2&1
William Mouw (Pepperdine) d. James Loew, 3&2
Cameron Sisk (ASU) d. Derek Hitchner, 2&1
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No. 4 Texas d. No. 1 Vanderbilt, 3-1-1
The Longhorns put the first point on the board thanks to Cole Hammer's 4&3 win over the 2022 individual champion, Gordon Sargent. This is the second time Hammer has defeated an individual champion. In 2019, he beat Matt Wolff to help the Longhorns advance in the match play bracket. The Commodores responded with a point from William Moll, who took down Parker Coody on 18. The final two points for Texas came from Pierceson Coody and Travis Vick. Both players never trailed in their matches. Coody won 3 and 2, while Vick finished 4 and 3 to send his team to the national championship.
William Moll (Vandeerbilt) d. Parker Coody, 1UP
Cole Hammer (Texas) d. Gordon Sargent, 4&3
Harrison Ott (Vanderbilt) vs. Mason Nome, Tie
Pierceson Coody (Texas) d. Cole Sherwood, 3&2
Travis Vick (Texas) d. Reid Davenport, 4&3
NCAA.com contributed to this report.