May 29, 2009

 

Courtesy of Toledo
Quarterfinal Results

Toledo, OH – No. seed 4 Arkansas and No. 7 Texas A&M will meet in the championship match of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship after posting semifinal victories on Friday afternoon. The tournament is being hosted by the University of Toledo and being held at the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club. The Razorbacks posted a 3-1-1 triumph over No. 8 Georgia, while the Aggies notched a 3-1-1 win over No. 6 Michigan.

Both teams will be looking to capture their first national title in men’s golf in Saturday’s contest which is slated to tee off at 10:00 a.m.

Arkansas earned its berth into the finals when junior David Lingmerth parred the 409-yard 16th hole to win his match over Georgia junior Hudson Swafford, 3 & 2.

“We feel great and the kids did a great job,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “We played a great team in Georgia and they’re the best team in the country. We’re just fortunate to come away with a win. Anything can happen in match play and we just caught fire the last couple of days and hopefully it can continue tomorrow.”

Texas A&M had to wait a little bit longer for its place in the championship match. Senior Matt Van Zandt won on the 18th hole after his shot from the rough landed approximately 10 feet from the pin. Michigan senior Bill Rankin’s second shot from the rough landed in the sand with his sand wedge landing the rough. Rankin then made a run at the hole with his chip shot but just missed. He then conceded the hole to give the Aggies the victory.

“It’s so fantastic,” Texas A&M Head Coach J.T. Higgins said. “Michigan was unbelievable and they wouldn’t go away. We had a chance to close them out several times and they kept fighting and fighting. I was so impressed with their team and they were amazing. We kept trying to answer their punches by throwing a counterpunch. We kept coming at them. It was a great match all the way around.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s championship match are $15.00 and can be purchased at the Inverness Club.

2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships

Championship Match

No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 7 Texas A&M
10:00 a.m. - No. 5 Jamie Marshall (Ark.) vs. No. 5 Conrad Shindler (Texas A&M)
10:09 a.m. - No. 4 Jason Cuthbertson (Ark.) vs. No. 4 Matt Van Zandt (Texas A&M)
10:18 a.m. - No. 3 Ethan Tracy (Ark.) vs. No. 3 John Hurley (Texas A&M)
10:27 a.m. - No. 2 David Lingmerth (Ark.) vs. No. 2 Andrea Pavan (Texas A&M)
10:36 a.m. - No. 1 Andrew Landry (Ark.) vs. No. 1 Bronson Burgoon (Texas A&M)

Semifinal Results

No. 4 Arkansas def. No. 8 Georgia, 3-1-1
No. 5 Jamie Marshall (Ark.) def. No. 5 Adam Mitchell (Georgia), 1 up
No. 4 Jason Cuthbertson (Ark.) def. No. 4 Harris English (Georgia), 2 & 1
No. 3 Russell Henley (Georgia) def. No. 3 Ethan Tracy (Ark.), 2 & 1
No. 2 David Lingmerth (Ark.) def. No. 2 Hudson Swafford (Georgia), 3 & 2
No. 1 Andrew Landry (Ark.) and No. 1 Brian Harman (Georgia), All Square

No. 7 Texas A&M def. No. 6 Michigan, 3-1-1
No. 5 Nick Pumford (Mich.) def. No. 5 Conrad Shindler (Texas A&M), 2 & 1
No. 4 Matt Van Zandt (Texas A&M) def. No. 4 Bill Rankin (Mich.), 1 up
No. 3 Matt Thompson (Mich.) and No. 3 John Hurley (Texas A&M), All Square
No. 2 Andrea Pavan (Texas A&M) def. No. 2 Alexander Sitompul (Mich.), 8 & 7
No. 1 Bronson Burgoon (Texas A&M) def. No. 1 Lion Kim (Mich.), 4 & 3

Semifinal Quotes

Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin

“We feel great and the kids did a great job. We played a great team in Georgia and they’re the best team in the country. We’re just fortunate to come away with a win. Anything can happen in match play and we just caught fire the last couple of days and hopefully it can continue tomorrow.”

“It’s mentally draining but the adrenaline is running through the guys so well that they haven’t hit the wall yet. I think it will tomorrow once the tournament is over.”

“Georgia had such a hard match this morning that we thought they might take us a little bit for granted. We were kind of hoping that would happen and overlook us. We wanted to jump on them early, get up on them and make them think about it. We were fortunate they had to play Oklahoma State this morning. This is how it goes in match play and hopefully we can continue tomorrow.”

(on what this does to your program)

“This is incredible. It will help recruiting and it’s great for the university and all the people that support us. I’m real excited for everybody and hopefully help us stay competitive against all these great teams.”

(on a key to the match)

“Our No. 4 player Jason Cuthbertson has won two big matches for us. He’s played really well along with our No. 5 Jamie Marshall. They’ve gotten us out of the box hot and kept their composure and done a great job.”

Arkansas junior David Lingmerth

“We’re fired up. We just took it shot for shot. We started out with Washington and then we had Georgia.  We knew it was going to take a good round to beat them. Everyone stepped up and I’m just happy.”

(on his hole-in-one on 200-yard No. 3 hole)

“As soon as I hit the ball it felt great. I thought it was the best shot I ever hit right away. I thought it might go too far since I hit it so good. It hit about four feet from the pin and just trickled in. I used a seven-iron and it was my first one in an actual tournament.”

Arkansas freshman Ethan Tracy

“We’re real excited and we felt we could compete against these guys. It feels great to beat the No. 1 team in the nation.”

(about being a freshman in a lineup with juniors and seniors)

“It’s cool. I like it. It makes me feel good that I can help the team out. I think I’ve helped us out a lot this year. It’s just trying to get a consistent score in there.”


Georgia Head Coach Chris Haack
(on possible letdown)

“I think it took a little bit out of us. I almost wish we had a night to sleep on that one but that’s the way it goes. Arkansas played great. Those guys made a lot of birdies. I told my players we might not have gotten the trophy but we won a national championship match. That was a match we had to win. When they talk about this tournament, that was the match.”

Texas A&M Head Coach J.T. Higgins

“It’s so fantastic. Michigan was unbelievable and they wouldn’t go away. We had a chance to close them out several times and they kept fighting and fighting. I was so impressed with their team and they were amazing. We kept trying to answer their punches by throwing a counterpunch. We kept coming at them. It was a great match all the way around.”

(on getting the farthest Texas A&M has ever advanced)

“Last year we finished 12th and that was the best finish in 26 years. This year our big goal was to get to match play and we treated it as another regional. We knew it was one match at a time and that’s what we’ve done.”

(on Andrea Pavan)

“He was struggling all week with his ball striking and we kept telling him you’re one swing away from hitting it good. In this morning’s match against Arizona State, he hit a weak drive and had a three-iron in on No. 14 and he looked at me and said, ‘I just figured out what I was doing wrong but it’s too late.’ I said what are you talking about and he said I’m going to play good. He had three tap-in birdies and was six up through seven holes and played great.”

(on Matt Van Zandt)

“Matt missed a short putt on 16 and hit a great third shot on 17. Rankin made his putt to even it up, and then Matt made a great shot from the rough even though I didn’t see it. It’s fantastic for Matt because it’s his senior year and he hit a big shot.”

Michigan Head Coach Andrew Sapp

“The guys played great. Obviously it’s disappointing to lose such a close match but I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. They battled to the last hole. They played their hearts out. I’m so proud of them. We were the Cinderallas but I guess the clock struck midnight.”

“I guess it was a great to have the crowd support and hear the screams and cheers. It was a lot of fun.”

(last holes)
“I was telling them to hang in there because it was close down to the wire. It was a lot of fun.”

(match play)
“It’s really exciting pitting team against team. There’s no better format for a team championship. It brings a new level of intensity to the golf because every putt counts so much more.”


Texas A&M senior Matt Van Zandt

(on clinching a spot in the national championship)
“I’m relieved first of all. I played great today and it was a fun match. I tip my hat to Bill because he’s one of the best putters I’ve ever played against. At least he was today. This is a dream and you practice for exactly what I just faced.  To see your team and to be able to pick them up that was tremendous. My team picked me up when I was down and this shows what a team game this is.  It means the world to me.”