Photo: The pairings are set. OSU will tee off of No. 1 at 2:20 p.m.
Oklahoma State survived a scare from Texas A&M to advance to the semifinals of the match play portion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Tuesday morning.
The top-ranked Cowboys advance to play Auburn, which upended the defending national champion OU Sooners 3-2.
In the other quarterfinals, Alabama knocked off Texas Tech 3-2 and Alabama downed Texas 3-2.
Freshman Austin Eckroat birdied the 18th hole to edge Brandon Smith 1 up, giving the Cowboys the third point they needed to move on. Earlier freshman Matthew Wolff had cruised to a 4 and 3 win over Dan Erickson and Viktor Hovland had defeated top Aggie Chandler Phillips 1 up in 19 holes.
OSU led or was tied in all five matches most of the morning but began to falter late and suddenly A&M led in two matches and was tied in a third. But Kristoffer Ventura won the 18th hole with a birdie to send his match against Walker Lee to extra holes, and after Eckroat snapped his tie that match was called at all square and OSU won 3-1-1.
OU got wins by Blaine Hale and Brad Dalke, but it became apparent early that Garett Reband and Grant Hirschman were in trouble in their matches, leaving OU’s Quade Cummins against Trace Crowe as the swing match.
Cummins was two down after losing hole No. 1 (their 10th) and spent the rest of the match trying desperately to get back to even. He gave away a hole on the par-3 third when Crowe was in a hazard leading to a double bogey. Cummins was pin high left of the green, but pitched on short then three-putted to give the hole away.
He got within one with a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, but couldn’t get another birdie to drop, not even on the par-5 ninth from about 12 feet. Crowe made all pars coming in and survived 1 up.
“It was a phenomenal year,” said OU coach Ryan Hybl. “Quade did a good job trying to get some momentum and get our crowd into it, but just couldn’t quite flip the script. Our guys are always going to keep fighting. It was a great day. I hate that we lost but I like the way we competed.”
In the semifinals this afternoon, Duke will matchup against Alabama at 1:30 p.m. CT, followed by Oklahoma State versus Auburn at 2:20 p.m. CT. Both matches will start on the No. 1 tee. Golf Channel has coverage from 3 to 7 p.m. CT.
Winners will advance to the national championship match to be played Wednesday, May 30 at 2:25 p.m. CT at Karsten Creek.
Quarterfinal Match Results:
Match #1 – No. 2 Duke def. No. 7 Texas, 3-2-0
Spencer Soosman, Texas def. Chandler Eaton, Duke, 5&4
Alex Smalley, Duke def. Scottie Scheffler, Texas, 5&4
Steven Chervony, Texas def. Evan Katz, Duke, 3&2
Adrien Pendaries, Duke def. Drew Jones, Texas 4&3
Jake Shuman, Duke def. Doug Ghim, Texas, 1 Up
Match #2 – No. 6 Alabama def. No. 3 Texas Tech 3-2-0
Adam Bloome, Texas Tech def. Lee Hodges, Alabama, 1 Up
Davis Riley, Alabama def. Ivan Ramirez, Texas Tech, 5&4
Wilson Furr, Alabama def. Kyle Hogan, Texas Tech, 7&6
Davis Shore, Alabama def. Sandy Scott, Texas Tech 2&1
Hurly Long, Texas Tech def. Jonathan Hardee, Alabama, 5&3
Match #3 – No. 1 Oklahoma State def. No. 8 Texas A&M, 3-1-1
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State def. Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M, 19 holes
Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State def. Dan Erickson, Texas A&M 4&3
Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State vs. Walker Lee, Texas A&M, A/S
Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State def. Brandon Smith, Texas A&M, 1 Up
Andrew Paysse, Texas A&M def Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State, 1&1
Match #4 – No. 5 Auburn def. No. 4 Oklahoma, 3-2-0
Blaine Hale, Oklahoma def. Jovan Rebula, Auburn, 4&3
Trace Crowe, Auburn def. Quade Cummins, Oklahoma, 1 Up
Ben Schlottman, Auburn def. Garett Reband, Oklahoma, 5&4
Brandon Mancheno, Auburn def. Grant Hirschman, Oklahoma, 3&1
Brad Dalke, Oklahoma def. Wells Padgett, Alabama, 4&3
Note that quarterfinal match play results are also available at:
QUARTERFINAL MATCH PLAY SCOREBOARD: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=match&tid=15135
Championships Schedule of Events:
May 25-30 — 2018 Finals Schedule of Events (All Times Local – Central Time)
Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Oklahoma State University, host
Tuesday, May 29
1:30 p.m. Match #5 – No. 2 Duke vs. No. 6 Alabama (1st tee)
2:20 p.m. Match #6 – No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Auburn (1ST tee)
3-7 p.m. Live coverage (semifinals) on Golf Channel
Wednesday, May 30
Approx. 2:25 p.m. Championship Match begins (winner Match #5 vs. winner of Match #6)
3-7 p.m. Live coverage on Golf Channel
Following Play Awards ceremony
Tickets: Tickets for day entry or for the session are available to purchase at the Karsten Creek entrance or at okstate.com/ncaagolf.
For more men’s golf information and to follow the action throughout, accesshttps://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d1.