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Bedlam in the desert and a Pepperdine record

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the first three rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship is any indication of what followers will see down the stretch at Grayhawk Golf Club, it’ll be Bedlam in the desert on Wednesday.

The lone workforce underneath par, Oklahoma State holds a commanding lead at 12 underneath following Sunday’s second-consecutive spherical of 6-under 274. In-state rival Oklahoma is in second at 1 over, adopted by host Arizona State in third at 2 over. Illinois (4 over) and Florida State (9 over) spherical out the prime 5.

Oklahoma State freshman Bo Jin fired a 1-under 69 on the difficult Raptor course and sits atop the particular person leaderboard at 9 underneath. Clemson’s Turk Pettit is second at 7 underneath, with Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam and Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins T-3 at 5 underneath.

“We wanted to win the day today,” stated Cowboys head coach Alan Bratton. “We did our job today and then the job will be the same tomorrow. Go stay focused and just keep trying to win every day. That’s been our mindset every single day, just take care of what’s right in front of you stay in the moment and just be yourself.”

Player breaks coach’s Pepperdine record

Michael Beard isn’t simply the head coach for Pepperdine males’s golf. He’s a former participant, too.

Now in his ninth 12 months at the helm of his alma mater, Beard performed for the Waves from 1999-2002, the place he earned medalist honors at the 2000 NCAA West Regional and 2002 WCC Championship. He was first-team All-WCC all 4 years, and till Sunday held the record for many rounds performed in faculty historical past.

Redshirt senior Clay Feagler handed his coach on the all-time record for rounds performed throughout Sunday’s third spherical, the place he shot a 3-over 73.

“Gives me goosebumps, really. I love that little guy,” stated Beard with a smile when he heard the information. “I remember when he was barely above my chin when I recruited him. It’s been so neat to see him just grow as a person. I mean, his game obviously has gotten better and better, but he’s really like our leader now on our team. He’s our guy.”

“No one would have thought when he was as a junior that Clay would be as good as a college player as he is now,” continued Beard. “He’s won four times. I don’t know if he was just overlooked or maybe he just didn’t play as much as a junior but he should be proud and we’re proud of him.”

Sam Houston retains inspiring

If you’re not aware of Sam Houston State’s highway to the NCAA Championship, it was a bumpy one.

The Bearkats had been pressured to finish the Stillwater Regional with out its chief and star participant, William Holcomb, as a consequence of COVID-19 contact tracing. His teammates rallied with out him to punch their ticket to this week’s NCAA Championship, their first in program historical past.


Check the yardage book: Grayhawk Golf Club, site of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship

The Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club

The Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club

Three rounds later the ‘Kats are still clawing their way through the desert. Sam Houston is in 11th place, inside the 15-team cut for Monday’s last spherical of stroke play. The crew from Huntsville, Texas, might want to make up a five-shot deficit to climb into the prime eight on Monday to qualify for match play.

“I’m just trying to look forward. We want to focus on what we have to do. We just need to play a solid round tomorrow, and we know how to do that,” stated head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “It’s a tough golf course that challenges you mentally, physically, discipline-wise, so we’ll talk about what we’ve got to do tomorrow, and just everyone execute, and just give yourself the best chance.”

“I want people to see this is a team that’s been solid all year,” added Kieschnick. “I say this humbly, it’s not a surprise. We’ve played solid every year. These guys are great players. They play the game the right way and that leads to good scores and that leads to them getting to the top. We love that we can inspire a nation through the tough thing we went through. If you can play golf and have other people watch you and follow you and be inspired, there’s nothing better than that.”

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