NCAA Golf: Lower seeded teams sweep semifinals at East Lake Cup
ATLANTA, Ga. – Four teams advanced to Wednesday's championship matches at the 2016 East Lake Cup with Duke and Washington (women’s) and Illinois and Oregon (men’s) each winning their semifinal matches on Tuesday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Despite their status as the lower seeded team in their respective semifinal matches (based on performance in yesterday’s stroke play competition), both No. 3 and No. 4 seeds managed to advance over their higher seeded opponents:
Despite being separated by 34 shots in yesterday’s individual stroke play competition, Washington rallied to defeat top-seeded Stanford in a rematch of May’s national championship match. Leaning on its young lineup of freshmen and sophomores, the Huskies won their final four matches, punctuated by Wenyung Keh’s (sophomore) hole-out eagle on the par-5 14th hole that won the match, 5&4 over Stanford’s Shannon Aubert (junior). Duke – despite losing two of its first three semifinal matches –rallied to defeat UCLA 3-2, with victories from the world’s top ranked women’s amateur Leona Maguire (junior); Virginia Elena Carta (sophomore) and Ana Belac (freshman).
Following yesterday’s disappointing fourth place finish in the individual stroke play competition, the reigning national champion Oregon Ducks bounced back to defeat Vanderbilt 3-2, thanks to victories by Edwin Yi (sophomore), Ryan Gronlund (sophomore) and Wyndham Clark (senior). In the other semifinal match, Illinois (No. 3) defeated Texas (No. 2) 3-2, leaning on victories from Michael Feagles (freshman), Edoardo Lipparelli (sophomore) and Dylan Meyer (junior). Feagles set the pace in the first match out for the Illini after defeating Texas’ Scottie Scheffler – who claimed the individual championship on Monday with a 6-under round of 66 – despite Scheffler birdieing three of the first four holes in the match.
Women’s Championship Match: (No. 3) Duke vs. (No. 4) Washington
Men’s Championship Match: (No. 3) Illinois vs. (No. 4) Oregon
Women’s Consolation Match: (No. 1) Stanford vs. (No. 2) UCLA
Men’s Consolation Match: (No. 1) Vanderbilt vs. (No. 2) Texas
Golf Channel’s live coverage of Wednesday’s championship and consolation matches will air from 3-6 p.m. ET. Golf Central Pre-Game (2-3 p.m. ET) will preview each match, and provide updates on matches already in progress.