UNC men's golf finishes fourth in Kissimmee Regional, advances to NCAA Championship

UNC men's golf finishes fourth in Kissimmee Regional, advances to NCAA Championship

Three hole later, he dropped a shot before answering with birdies on two of his next three.

SHORT SHOTS: Host and top-seeded Texas A&M won by nine shots for its sixth victory of the season, but first since February 27. The top five teams in the regional will advance.

Oklahoma State won their regional in Columbus, Ohio, beating IL by eight shots to win their 13th regional title.

Junior Blaine Hale shot 73 (+1) for the Sooners on Wednesday to end up with a 54-hole score of seven-under 209, good for fourth place. Hardee is in a tie for 16th with a 3-under par 141 (68-73), while Riley finished the day with a two-day total of 2-under 142 (72-70).

Three teams net honor: ISU men's golf, gymnastics and volleyball programs were honored with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for achievement in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) announced Wednesday by the NCAA.

The regional will conclude with a final round of 18 holes on Wednesday before the top five schools and highest-placing individual on a non-advancing team earn their ticket to the NCAA Championships which take place May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

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Baylor head coach Mike McGraw said he was pleased that his team played well enough to not really have to sweat out their qualifying status.

Kansas shot 844 (-20) to win the regional, while Iowa State came in third with a score of 847 (-17). After he shot four-under-par in both the first and second round, he had a two-under-par in the third round for a strong finish.

Baylor's 54 birdies were third-most in the field, and the Bears' 168 pars tied for fifth most. Mauer carded a 4-over par 76, followed by a 3-over par 75 in the final round to pace the team in 47th with a 7-over par 151. Napier topped the previous finishes by Zan Luka Stirn last season (T58th), Lloyd du Preez in 2010 (T60th) and Zoltan Veress in 1998 (T87th) and 1999 (57th).

May tied for 16 with 11 birdies, while Braden Bailey, Ryan Grider and Perrine tied for 19 with 10 birdies apiece. The top 5 teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.

UCLA was seeded fifth at the start of the tournament, but persistent play from the whole team allowed it to finish fourth. "I wish we could have done it as a team, but it was fun to get to go and definitely a great reward after working hard the last four years". Hudson played at even par over the final round, while Harry Hillier was 1-under.

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