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Competitive field bounces WVU from NCAA Golf Championship after three rounds
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Competitive field bounces WVU from NCAA Golf Championship after three rounds

After clinching its first NCAA championship since 1947, West Virginia showed it needs a little more time to find success at the highest level.

WVU Golf’s historic season came to an end Sunday after three rounds at the NCAA Championship. WVU posted its best Big 12 Championship finish since the revival and a third-place finish at the Rancho Santa Fe Regional this season.

The Mountaineers placed 28th out of 30 teams at the NCAA Championships, finishing with rounds of 307-304-302 = 913 (+49) this weekend. On the tough Omni La Costa North Course in Carlsbad, California, the daily improvement was about the best the Mountaineers could ask for, and they certainly got it despite the low finish.

On the individual level, junior Todd Duncan posted the best rounds among the Mountaineers. Duncan sat at +8 after two rounds and trailed teammate Max Green by one stroke, but with his season on the line Duncan delivered and scored even par on Sunday for a final score of 78-74-72=224 (+8) .

Groen, meanwhile, added a few strokes on Sunday, posting a 79 for round three to finish at 76-75-79=230 (+14). Although Green’s play suffered, senior Jackson Davenport made up for it, improving to 75 after two rounds of 77 strokes to start the week. Davenport finished one stroke better than Green for the NCAA Championship, at 13 over par.

Junior Pierce Grieve and sophomore Kaleb Wilson completed the West Virginia lineup in Carlsbad. Grieve consistently shot for rounds of 76-78-79=233 (+17), while Wilson improved dramatically on Sunday to finish with 82-84-76=242 (+26).

After the first three rounds of competition, only 15 teams advanced to Monday’s stroke play round, ending West Virginia’s season. Tennessee and East Tennessee State finished in 15th place over the three rounds and finished +27 overall – 22 strokes better than WVU.

NCAA Championship Standings:

1. Illinois (-2)

2. Virginia (+4)

3. Vanderbilt (+9)

4. State of Florida (+10)

5. Ohio State (+13)

T6. North Carolina (+15)

T6. Chestnut brown (+15)

8. Florida (+20)

T9. Georgia Tech (+21)

T9. Arizona (+21)

11. Texas (+23)

12. Baylor (+24)

13.Oklahoma (+25)

T14. State of East Tennessee (+27)

T14. Tennessee (+27)

16. Wakebos (+29)

17. Texas Tech (+31)

18. LSU (+39)

19. California (+40)

T20. Texas A&M (+41)

T20. Stanford (+41)

22. Clemson (+42)

T23. State of Oklahoma (+43)

T23. Notre Dame (+43)

25. Utah (+45)

26. SMU (+46)

27. New Mexico (+48)

28. West Virginia (+49)

29. North Florida (+57)

30. Purdue (+60)

The teams in italics advanced to stroke play on Monday.

Photo by WVU Men’s Golf