JUNE 4, 2012
Texas Downs Alabama To Claim Thrilling NCAA Men’s Title
The University of Texas won the
NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Sun-
day, defeating the University of Ala-
bama in a thrilling final-round show-
down. Needing just two putts to secure
the title on Riviera Country Club’s
famed 18th hole, Texas senior Dylan
Frittelli made a birdie instead, giving
the Longhorns their first national title
since Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite led
the 1972 team to victory.
American college golf employs a
unique format to crown its national
champion team. Thirty teams qualified
for the field at Riviera, and each played
54 holes of stroke play. The low eight
teams advance to a match-play elimi-
nation phase, where each of the teams’
five competitors played a conventional
18-hole match. The eight teams play
down to two finalists. This year, the
system generated the final everyone
wanted to see – the year’s two best
teams squaring off for the title.
Alabama won the first two completed
final-round matches and needed to
capture just one point from the remaining
three. However, late into the round, the
Crimson Tide trailed in all three matches.
Two of the remaining matches went to
Texas, leaving the national title up to Ala-
bama’s Cory Whitsett and Texas’ Frittelli.
Frittelli’s birdie gave Texas a 3 and 2 win.
A final-round heavyweight match
took place between super freshmen,
Texas’ Jordan Spieth and Alabama’s
Justin Thomas, and it was critical in
determining the final outcome. Spieth
birdied the third hole and never trailed,
winning 3 and 2. He holed out from the
fairway on the 15th for eagle to go 3 up
and closed out Thomas on the next hole.
Award recipient for Division I men’s golf,
the Golf Coaches Association of America
announced Sunday. Thomas was previ-
ously honored with the Phil Mickelson
Award presented by the Phil and Amy
Mickelson Foundation as the nation’s
outstanding freshman and was named a
Ping first-team All-America selection.
POOL, DYCHE TAKE CHARLIE COE
After 54 holes in perfect weather at
the 7,609 yard Castle Pines Golf Club
in Denver, the team of Jason Pool, of
Dunn Loring, Va., and Barry Dyche, of
Charlotte, N.C., finished in a tie for first
place at 15-under-par 201 with Tony
Bagneschi, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and
Bryan Hoops, of Chandler, Ariz. The
playoff took two trips down the 18th
hole until Pool and Dyche made par to
seal the win at the Charlie Coe Invita-
tional, one of three premier mid-ama-
teur four-ball events played last week.
In the Senior-Am division, John Pigg
and Eddie Lyons fired a final-round
3-under 69 to win top honors by a
whopping six strokes. Pigg and Lyons
grabbed the lead on the first day and
never looked back; they finished at
10-under-par 206, helped by an ace by
Lyons on the par- 3 11th during the sec-
ond round. Second place went to Coe
veterans Mike Rice, of Houston, and
Jerry Hudgins, of Kingwood, Tex.
This was the 23rd playing of the Coe,
which honors one of America’s all-time
great amateurs. Coe, the 1964 USGA
Bob Jones award winner, won two U.S.
Amateur championships (1948, 1958)
and played on six Walker Cup teams.
He was also the playing captain in the
1959 Walker Cup and the non-playing
captain in 1957. He played in 19 Mas-
ters and owns almost every amateur
record associated with the tournament.
SMITH, CROCKETT DEFEND ANDERSON
The John G. Anderson Memorial
Four-Ball Invitational is one of the
country’s premiere amateur events.
Created in 1933 to honor Winged Foot
founding member and two-time U.S.
Amateur runner-up Anderson, the
event consists of a 36-hole qualifier on
both the East and West courses of the
A. W. Tillinghast layout, followed by two
days of match play competition in both
Championship and Senior divisions.
NURSKI, KORELL WIN SOGGY
OLYMPIA FIELDS INVITATIONAL
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