STILLWATER, Okla. – The Augusta University men’s golf team had a final round score of 18-over 306 on Sunday and finished 29th at the 2018 NCAA National Championships tournament at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Augusta senior Broc Everett is tied for third overall at 6-under-par and qualified as an individual for Monday’s final round of stroke play.
“The fairways are wide and have big landing areas, but it’s just outside of the landing areas – thee is thick brush. It’s really kind of a mental trick,” Everett said. “You’ve got so much room out there and you just gotta’ tell yourself there’s a huge area to play at and make a smooth swing at it and keep it play. That’s been the key all week, trying to keep it in between the tree lines.”
At the conclusion of play on Sunday, the field of 30 was cut to the top 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on an advancing team. The remaining teams and players continue to Monday. For the third-straight day, the course record was destroyed, as No. 28 Duke posted a 12-under 276 to jump atop the leaderboard. The Blue Devils are first at 10-under-par, while host No. 1 Oklahoma State is second (-7), No. 13 Texas Tech third (-3), No. 4 Vanderbilt fourth (+2), and No. 3 Oklahoma fifth (+4).
Despite their elimination in the team competition, the Jaguars will be represented on Monday with a shot at an individual national championship title. Everett paced the team in all three rounds at Karsten Creek this weekend – firing three straight 70s (-2) to remain near the top of the leaderboard.
Sophomore Gustav Andersson finished 11-over-par and tied for 96th with a round-three 78 in his first NCAA National Championship. In their first taste at the big show, AU freshmen trio Olof Gunnarsson, Laken Hinton, and Alex Shead rounded out the Jags. Gunnarsson finished 16-over-par to take 134th, Hinton 19-over-par for 141st, and Shead 29-over-par for 150th. Augusta edged out No. 11 nationally-ranked Baylor in the team standings.
Everett tees off at 1:40 p.m. (CDT) for the final round of stroke play and a shot at an individual title.