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Bradenton, FL – All season long the No. 1 Florida State golf team found a way to win tournaments. On four occasions the Seminoles came from behind on the final day of a tournament to win, when FSU needed to come through the squad always did. In the fourth round of the NCAA Golf Championships Monday the team was unable to make up the ground it needed to advance to match play ending the most successful season in school history.
“This was one of the only times, if not the only time, this year when we really needed a big round on the final day and we didn’t get it,” said head coach Trey Jones. “That’s golf. That’s going to happen. It happens to tour players and surely we are not immune to it as 18-22 year old players.”
Florida State advanced from the field of 30 to the round of 15 on Sunday but needed a strong round Monday to make up ground and move into the top eight. It just wasn’t to be in the fourth round. FSU finished ten-over for the day and +29 for the tournament, good for an 11th place finish. It was the sixth top 15 finish at the NCAA Championships since Jones took over the program in 2003-04.
Bradenton, Fla. - Freshman James Clark shot a 2-under-par 70 to pace Georgia Tech Monday, but the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets came up three strokes short and failed to advance to match play at the NCAA Golf Championship at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Tech posted a team total of 290 (+10), leaving it in ninth place after 72 holes at 23-over-par 1175. Tied for eighth place with UCLA at the beginning of the round, the Jackets were unable to keep up with the Bruins after a 59-minute rain delay about midway through the round. UCLA held on for the eighth spot by shooting 6-over 294 and finished the tournament at 20-over 1172.
Thus, Tech missed match play for only the second time in its six NCAA finals appearances since the stroke-play/match-play format has been in use.