Auburn Men's Golf (Auburn Athletics Photo)
It took extra holes, but JM Butler
of Auburn defeated William Moll
of Vanderbilt on Hole No. 21 to give Auburn the 3-2 victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC Match Play Championship Match at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.
Vanderbilt also finished runner-up in this event last year, falling to Tennessee in the championship match.
For Auburn, along with Butler, Ryan Eshleman
secured wins in their matches. Koivun defeated Gordon Sargent
of Vanderbilt in 19 holes.
For Vanderbilt, Matthew Riedel
and Cole Sherwood
won their matches to earn two points.
In the rest of the matches, all of the results finished 3-2. Texas A&M defeated Tennessee, Arkansas defeated Ole Miss, Alabama defeated Florida, Mississippi defeated LSU, Georgia defeated Missouri, and South Carolina defeated Kentucky.
In the stroke play, Nick Dunlap
earned the medalist honors, with Sargent finishing one shot behind him in second place.
Dunlap shot 15-under with rounds of 70-65-63, while Sargent finished at 14-under with rounds of 64-65-70.
Dunlap birdied No. 18 to win dramatically.
The victory is Dunlap's second collegiate win of his career and first of the season. He set personal-best marks this week for an 18-hole score with his round of 8-under 63 and 54-hole total score vs. par at 15-under.
Dunlap becomes the fifth Alabama golfer to card a round sub-200 score for a tournament and the first to do so since Robby Shelton achieved the feat in the 2015 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Dunlap's total of 198 is tied for the second-lowest 54-hole tournament total in Alabama school history, second only to Bobby Wyatt's school record of 192 in the 2014 SEC Championship.
Brendan Valdes of Auburn finished in solo third place at 12-under, and JM Butler and Phichaksn Maichon of Texas A&M finished T4 at 11-under.
ABOUT THE SEC Fall Preview
Men's college match play tournament, with
each team match consisting of five individual matches.
A player match win is worth 1 point, and a tie is worth
1/2, and the winning team is the one with the most
points in the five player matches. 54 holes of stroke
play determines match play opponents.
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