Arizona Sun Devils and Texas Longhorns to meet in NCAA Men’s Golf Championship game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The current Texas Seniors lost the 2019 NCAA title after severe weather forecasts pushed the tee times for the championship game to just past dawn.

The Longhorns are back in the title game, and this time they don’t have to worry about tornadoes. This year’s tournament is in the desert, not Arkansas.

Texas beat Vanderbilt 3½-1½ on Tuesday to earn a berth in the championship game against Arizona State, giving its seniors a second chance at a national title.

Pierceson Coody and Travis Vick finished their matches seconds apart at Grayhawk Golf Club, sending the Longhorns to the championship game for the third time in six years. Arizona State beat defending national champion Pepperdine 4-1 when Preston Summerhays birdied the 18th hole to close Game 2.

“It’s debatable whether the weather decided the 2019 national championship,” Texas coach John Fields said. “Whether it is or not, it doesn’t matter because we have a chance to play. That’s what these guys dream of. That’s where they want to be.”

The wait was long.

Texas lost the 2019 title game to Stanford in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where tee times were increased to avoid possible afternoon tornadoes. The 2020 tournament was wiped out due to the pandemic and the Longhorns never seemed to find their footing in 2021.

Led by seniors Cole Hammer and twins Pierceson and Parker Moody, Texas have been one of the best teams in the country all season but have felt pressure along the way – from regionals to top 15 and top eight at the NCAA championships.

Reaching the quarter-finals seemed to take some of that weight off.

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.

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.

“What I’ve noticed is that they’ve broken free, they’re enjoying what they’re doing here,” Fields said. “I’m especially proud of the fact that they’ve worked so hard to get here, but at the same time enjoying it.”

So are the devils of the sun.

Arizona State 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 semi-finals, let the Waves come back and closed with a bang.

“I’m just glad our guys have the ability in them to hit the big shots in the big moments, to never give up,” Arizona State coach Matt Thurmond said. “It was quite an exciting finish today.”

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.

“We’re a really good team and we’ve been looking at that all year,” Summerhays said. “To be in this position, I don’t think it’s a surprise for us. We worked for this and we expected to be here.”

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