A new rule that would allow substitutions in college golf was not approved by the NCAA oversight committee.
Substitutions have been a hot-button issue for years, but the issue received even more attention after Texas star Beau Hossler suffered an injury in the NCAA semifinals and was unable to compete in the championship match.
With Hossler out, Texas forfeited his match and the full point. Oregon won the title, 3-2.
“While the oversight committee received some support for the substitution concept in match-play competition,” the NCAA said in a release Oct. 12, “it didn’t support substitutions in the stroke-play portion of the championships.”
At the NCAA Championship, there are four rounds of stroke play, followed by a single-elimination match-play bracket for the top eight teams.
In stroke play, five players compete and the lowest four scores count toward the team total. Match play is a 5-on-5 format.
The men’s golf committee will have an opportunity to submit a revised proposal early next year, and the rule, if passed, could take effect at this year’s NCAAs.
"Not surprised," said one coach. "Lots of people still don't want it."
Also announced last week was the .500 rule will not be adopted in women’s golf.
On the men’s side, teams must have a won-lost record of .500 or better to qualify for the postseason.
“Oversight committee members were concerned the change could negatively impact scheduling by potentially weakening, rather than strengthening, tournament fields,” the NCAA said, “and in turn hinder the sport rather than promote its growth.”