Arizona State, Texas headline NCAA men's regionals

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 4, 2015, 2:41 pm

The NCAA on Monday revealed on Golf Channel the teams and players selected in this year's Division I Men's Golf Championships.

A total of 81 teams and 45 other individuals will participate in six regional tournaments from May 14-16. The low five teams and low individual from each region will advcance to the finals at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., from May 29-June 3.

Top seeds in the regionals include Illinois, Florida State, Arizona State, Texas, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

The list of regional sites and participants for this year's championships appears below, with conference champions in brackets:


The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Indiana
Hosted by Ball State University

Teams:
1. University of Illinois, Champaign [Big Ten Conference]
2. University of Oregon
3. University of California, Los Angeles
4. University of Alabama
5. Southern Methodist University
6. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
8. Georgia Southern University [Sun Belt Conference]
9. University of Colorado, Boulder
10. New Mexico State University [Western Athletic Conference]
11. East Carolina University
12. Marquette University [Big East Conference]
13. Alabama State University [Southwestern Athletic Conference]
14. University of Pennsylvania [The Ivy League]

Individuals:
1. Chris Selfridge, University of Toledo
2. Jose Montano, Xavier University
3. Evan Bowser, Oakland University
4. Jose Pablo Segurola, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
5. Johnny Watts, Ball State University


University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hosted by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Teams:
1. Florida State University
2. Stanford University [Pac-12 Conference]
3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
4. Kennesaw State University
5. Wake Forest University
6. Clemson University
7. University of Florida
8. Georgia Regents University [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
9. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
10. McNeese State University
11. Pennsylvania State University
12. Miami University (Ohio) [Mid-American Conference]
13. Loyola University Maryland [Patriot League]

Individuals:
1. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop University
2. JT Poston, Western Carolina University
3. Trey Rule, Mercer University
4. Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina University
5. Ashton Van Horne, Belmont University
6. Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina University
7. Ryan Cornfield, University of South Carolina Upstate
8. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb University
9. Isaiah Logue, Liberty University
10. Brendon Caballero, University of Tennessee at Martin


The Farms Golf Club – Rancho Santa Fe, California
Hosted by University of San Diego

Teams:
1. Arizona State University
2. Georgia Institute of Technology [Atlantic Coast Conference]
3. University of Oklahoma
4. University of New Mexico
5. University of Virginia
6. University of Georgia
7. East Tennessee State University [Southern Conference]
8. University of Mississippi
9. University of San Diego
10. University of Idaho [Big Sky Conference]
11. St. Mary’s College of California
12. Wichita State University [Missouri Valley Conference]
13. Eastern Kentucky University [Ohio Valley Conference]

Individuals:
1. Cody Blick, San Jose State University
2. Petter Mikalsen, University of Denver
3. George Cunningham, University of Arizona
4. Antoine Rozner, University of Missouri-Kansas City
5. Chad Merzbacher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
6. David Kocher, University of Maryland, College Park
7. Matt Green, Kansas State University
8. Conner Campbell, Loyola Marymount University
9. Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara University
10. Justin De Los Stanos, California Polytechnic State University


The Rawls Course – Lubbock, Texas
Hosted by the Texas Tech University

Teams:
1. University of Texas at Austin [Big 12 Conference]
2. Texas Tech University
3. Auburn University
4. University of North Florida [Atlantic Sun Conference]
5. University of California, Berkeley
6. University of Houston
7. University of Louisville
8. Duke University
9. Southeastern Louisiana State University
10. Purdue University
11. Georgia State University
12. University of California, Irvine [Big West Conference]
13. Charleston Southern University [Big South Conference]

Individuals:
1. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State University
2. Adria Arnaus, Texas A&M University, College Station
3. Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech University
4. Tyler McDaniel, University of Kentucky
5. David Snyder, University of Kentucky
6. Greg Yates, Texas A&M University, College Station
7. Martin Simonsen, University of Texas at El Paso
8. Matt Mabrey, The University of Tulsa
9. Jake Sherwin, Florida Gulf Coast University
10. Nocolas Platret, University of Texas, Pan American


Gold Mountain Golf Club – Bremerton, Washington
Hosted by University of Washington

Teams:
1. University of South Carolina, Columbia
2. University of Washington
3. University of Southern California
4. Baylor University
5. University of Alabama at Birmingham
6. Texas Christian University
7. Iowa State University
8. Sam Houston State University [Southland Conference]
9. University of Michigan
10. University of California, Davis
11. Virginia Commonwealth University [Atlantic 10 Conference]
12. Pepperdine University [West Coast Conference]
13. Cleveland State University [Horizon League]
14. University of South Dakota [The Summit League]

Individuals:
1. Byron Meth, University of the Pacific
2. Jose Mendez, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
3. Alex Franklin, Oregon State University
4. Jordan Rodgers, Brigham Young University
5. James Fahy, Gonzaga University


The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut
Hosted by Yale University

Teams:
1. Vanderbilt University
2. Louisiana State University [Southeastern Conference]
3. University of South Florida [American Athletic Conference]
4. Oklahoma State University
5. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
6. San Diego State University [Mountain West Conference]
7. University of Iowa
8. North Carolina State University
9. The Ohio State University
10. Troy University
11. University of North Texas [Conference USA]
12. College of Charleston (South Carolina) [Colonial Athletic Conference]
13. Robert Morris University [Northeast Conference]
14. Saint Peter’s University [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference]

Individuals:
1. Brandon Matthews, Temple University
2. Dylan Crowley, St. John’s University (New York)
3. George Williams, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus
4. Kevin Kramarski, Iona College
5. Quinn Prchal, Princeton University

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

“I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

“More punishment,” he said.