In what has become something of an odd regular occurrence, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship will not be playing in the finals.
This year’s top seed, Vanderbilt, was eliminated in by Oregon in match play by a score of 3-2. The upset sets up a championship finale between Oregon and Oklahoma.
- Dozen Years: The match-play format has been in place for 12 years
- Top Dog Jinx: Not a single No. 1 seed, since the format change, has won the championship.
- Turning Point: Tied 2-2 after four matches, Vanderbilt’s leader, and highest ranked player, Matthias Schwab was upset by Oregon’s Sulman Raza.
- Two Straight: Oregon will be playing in the final for the second consecutive year.
- Seeking Repeat: The Ducks defeated Texas in last year’s championship.
- Sooners Soar: Oregon’s finals opponent will be Oklahoma, who defeated Illinois 3-1-1 in the other semifinal.
- Maiden Appearance: Oklahoma will appear in the finals for the first time in its program history.
“That’s athletics. That’s why we do it. You come here and know that only one team is leaving with the trophy, and everybody else is leaving like we are right now. I don’t know if everybody hurts like we do, though, because we had a really good team.”
–Scott Limbaugh, Vanderbilt Head Coach