Division I Men's Golf: Vanderbilt maintains lead through Day 3
EUGENE, Ore. – Fifteen teams remain in contention after Sunday’s third round of stroke play at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club, a par 70, 7,014-yard course.
Led by Vanderbilt, the 15 teams to advance to the fourth and final round of stroke play on Monday afternoon include Texas, Southern California, LSU, host Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona State, California, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Louisville and Oklahoma.
The Commodores remain atop the leaderboard after shooting a 2-over 282 today to sit at 5-over after three rounds. Matthias Schwab carded a 3-under 67 to lead Vanderbilt, while Carson Jacobs shot an even-par 70.
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“Carson Jacobs hanging in there today was really big for our team,” Commodores head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “We know what kind of competitive character he’s got because he’s shown us time and time again.”
Schwab’s second straight under-par round has him sitting at 4-under and in second place on the individual leaderboard.
“This is a great golf course for him,” Limbaugh said. “He feels good, he’s playing well and he just has to stay in his moments and understand its one day at a time.”
Sitting atop the leaderboard is host Oregon’s Aaron Wise as the sophomore posted the lowest round of the tournament so far, firing a 6-under 64.
Wise started off hot, recording birdies on three of his first four holes. He then followed that up on the back nine, sinking birdies on four straight holes to get down to six-under.
“The real turning point for me was on 12 when I got plugged in the bunker and I hacked it out to 20 feet,” Wise said. “I was able to roll that one in and that’s where I felt that this round was different from the first two. Saving that par was huge and from there on I went to make some birdies.”
Drama ensued near the end of Sunday’s round as a five-way tie for 14th came down to the wire. TCU, which had been above the cut line going into the final hole, fell out and needed a birdie from Paul Barjon on the 18th to jump Oklahoma and remain in the field. However, Barjon was only able to make par and while his team won’t be competing tomorrow, he’ll be in as an individual as he’s tied for fourth on the leaderboard.
“The greens are pretty fast, I’m not hitting the ball well off the tee,” Barjon said. “But I’m trying to just kind of roll with it. I’ve had bad starts the first couple days and today was a little better, but I’m just trying to avoid big numbers.”
The other eight individuals who will be joining Barjon as individuals include Robby Shelton (Alabama), Lee McCoy (Georgia), William Rainey (College of Charleston), Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State), Antoine Rozner (UMKC), Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest), Derek Bard (Virginia) and Chelso Barrett (TCU).
Fourth round play is set to begin Monday at 11:30 a.m. PT to crown the individual winner and also decide the final eight teams that will compete in match play for the national title.