Arizona State will face Texas in an NCAA championship game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Preston Summerhays birdied the 18th hole to close Game 2 and Arizona State beat defending national champion Pepperdine 4-1 on Tuesday to earn a spot in the championship game against Texas. .

The Longhorns beat Vanderbilt 3 1/2-1 1/2 when Pierceson Coody and Travis Vick ended their games seconds apart at Grayhawk Golf Club. Texas is playing the championship game for the third time in six years.

Arizona lost to Oklahoma in the semifinals as the top seed a year ago and turned the tables on the second-seeded Sooners to win 3-2 in the morning quarterfinals.

The Sun Devils led Pepperdine in three games at the start of the afternoon semifinals, let the Waves come back, and closed with a bang.

Mason Andersen fenced Dylan Menante 1 in 19 holes for Arizona State’s first run after beating Oklahoma’s Patrick Welch 1 in the quarterfinals. David Puig then finished Joey Vrzich 2-and-1 with a two-putt birdie after leading the short par-4 17th.

Summerhays routed Haskins Award winner Chris Gotterup 7 and 5 in the quarterfinals and won 5 over Joe Highsmith in 10 holes. Highsmith won five of six holes to tie No. 16, but the Arizona State rookie birdied at No. 17 to go up 1.

Summerhays, whose father and great-uncle played on the PGA Tour, hit his approach shot on the par-4 from 520 yards five feet out and sank the putt to win 2 and clinch the berth. Arizona State in the Finals.

Texas beat Oklahoma State 3-2 in the quarterfinals and played four close games against Vanderbilt heading to the last nine at Grayhawk’s Raptor Course.

Cole Hammer defeated Vandy rookie Gordon Sargent, who won the NCAA individual title on Monday 4 and 3 to give Texas the first point in the second semifinal.

Vandy’s William Moll then closed out his Game 1 with a bogey on the No. 18 when Parker Coody was unable to get in and out of a greenside bunker.

Vick opened with birdies to win the first two holes against Reid Davenport and was 3rd after a birdie on the par-4 12th. He finished the game 4 and 3 with a birdie on the par-4 15th.

Pierceson Coody took a 2 lead over Cole Sherwood with a birdie on the par-4 14th and won 4&3 with a par on the short par-3 16th.

Pepperdine beat North Carolina 3-2 in the quarterfinals and Vanderbilt beat Texas Tech by the same score.


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