Scottsdale, Ariz. – Bartley Forrester birdied three of his final 4 holes to shoot 2-under-par 68 Monday, tying for 15th place on the NCAA Males’s Golf Championship, whereas Georgia Tech posted a closing spherical of 294 (+14) and tied for 12th place on the staff leaderboard.
Forrester, whose birdie putt at 18 Sunday lifted the Yellow Jackets over the lower line to make Monday’s closing spherical, performed a gradual spherical of golf from the beginning Monday. The junior from Gainesville, Ga., had one birdie and two bogeys on the entrance 9 and made 5 straight pars to start out the again. Then he hit wonderful method pictures into the greens at 15, 17 and 18, all par-4 holes, leaving himself lower than 10 ft from the cup on every, and drained the putts.
His particular person end was the very best for a Yellow Jacket on the NCAA Championship since 2014, when Ollie Schniederjans was the runner-up and Seth Reeves tied for sixth at Hutchinson, Kan. After tying for 75th place final 12 months, Forrester’s tie for 15th assures him of All-America standing.
As a staff, Tech’s 4 counting gamers performed solidly till the final gap, the place they misplaced six pictures to par however nonetheless tied for 12th. It was the Yellow Jackets’ highest NCAA end since 2015, once they completed ninth at Bradenton, Fla. The Jackets completed three spots larger than final 12 months on the identical golf course, although their rating was two strokes larger.
Tech started the day tied for 14th place, paired with the Ole Miss and Oregon within the closing spherical. The Jackets outplayed each groups, with the Rebels ending 14th and the Geese 15th, and wound up in a tie with Georgia on the end with a rating of 1171 (+51).
TECH LINEUP – One in all solely seven subpar rounds within the subject Monday, Forrester’s 68 was the one subpar spherical of the NCAA Championship for Georgia Tech, finishing a 72-hole rating of 6-over-par 286.
The Yellow Jackets additionally counted a pair of 75s Monday from Connor Howe and Christo Lamprecht, and a 76 from Ross Steelman. Lamprecht completed the championship in a tie for 32nd place, 12 spots larger than his 2021 end, at 289 (+9), whereas Howe tied for 47th place at 293 (+13). Steelman completed alone in 76th place at 309 (+29).
TEAM LEADERBOARD – High-seeded Oklahoma, No. 3 Vanderbilt and No. 5 North Carolina completed the staff competitors in a three-way tie for first place with a 72-hole rating of 1134 (+14). Vanderbilt earned the highest seed for the match play championship by advantage of getting the bottom fifth-player cumulative rating, with Oklahoma seeded No. 2 and North Carolina No. 3.
No. 7 Texas (+17). No. 2 Oklahoma State (+21), No. 6 and defending champion Pepperdine (+26), No. 4 Arizona State (+28) and No. 8 Texas Tech (+33) additionally superior to the match play championship, which can start Tuesday morning.
Arkansas (+39), which completed in ninth place, Auburn (+40) and Florida (+40), who tied for 10th, had been the closest pursuers.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD – The person nationwide champion got here right down to a four-man playoff between Parker Coody of Texas, Ryan Burnett of North Carolina, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra of Oklahoma State and Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt, every of whom completed 72 holes at even-par 280. Sargent, the 54-hole chief, received the nationwide championship with a birdie on the primary playoff gap.
They completed one stroke forward of one other group of 4 gamers at 1-over-par 281 – Cameron Sisk of Arizona State, William Mouw of Pepperdine, David Ford of North Carolina and Chris Gotterup of Oklahoma.
Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira of Arkansas (+2) and Sam Bennett of Texas A&M (+3) rounded out the highest 10 on the leaderboard.
HEAD COACH BRUCE HEPPLER ON BARTLEY FORRESTER – “Bartley was phenomenal in the present day, and it was laborious on the market. I’m hoping he winds up within the high 15 and is an All-American. That was big-time golf for him in the present day.”
HEPPLER ON TECH’S ROUND – “We’ve received to learn to end. In the present day they performed fairly nicely once more all day lengthy, after which we make a triple, a double and a bogey on the final gap. It might’ve been rather a lot higher. That’s what skilled and older guys do. It was a bitter end. For 17 holes we performed in addition to anyone in the present day. We took a step ahead from final 12 months, however now we have to have the ability to cease the run of dangerous holes.”
BARTLEY FORRESTER ON HIS FINISH – “You’ve simply received to remain affected person. The wind and the place they’ve the pins and the way dry the greens are, you actually can’t hearth on the pins and be too aggressive. So that you simply keep inside your self, preserve the ball in entrance of you and hit as many fairways and greens as you’ll be able to. Finally you get a number of putts to drop. I really feel like I’ve been placing good rolls on putts, and ultimately they simply began entering into on the finish. Within the fourth spherical right here final 12 months I didn’t play nicely in any respect, and to play as solidly as I did right here in the present day is admittedly gratifying.”