Men In Maroon Come Up Short At Regional

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- Minnesota defeated No. 12-ranked Texas A&M on the first playoff hole on Saturday at the NCAA Men's Golf Central Regional to claim the final qualifying berth in the NCAA Championships.

The Aggies and Golden Gophers were tied for 10th place at the end of regulation play at 54-over-par (918). The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA finals May 30-June 2 in Williamsburg, Va.

A&M played the final three holes of regulation in seven-over, although junior Bobby Gates put the Aggies into the playoff with a birdie on the final hole, the par-5 9th.

Other teams advancing from the Central Regional are No. 21 Tulsa (895), No. 3 Alabama (898), No. 23 Louisville (899), No. 7 Lamar (900), No. 14 Tennessee (904), No. 5 Oklahoma State (906), Texas Tech (907), Michigan State (915) and Texas (916).

In addition to A&M, teams not advancing are Wisconsin (919), Northwestern (920), Illinois State (924), Southeastern Louisiana (925), Wichita State (930), Western Illinois (930), Baylor (937), Colorado (939), Oklahoma (940), Nebraska (943), Purdue (943), SMU (945), Kansas (947), TCU (958), Siena (996) and Texas Southern (1,028).

Lamar's Dawie Van Der Walt (71-69-75=215) and Wisconsin's Dan Woltman (73-71-71=215) shared individual honors at one-under.

A&M sophomore Bronson Burgoon tied for 14th place at 73-74-77=224, while Gates (83-69-75=227) and freshman Austin Schauer (80-68-79=227) tied for 28th. Junior Martin Piller (84-78-80=242) tied for 108th and junior Trey Todd (84-76-88=248) finished 124th.

The Aggies had advanced to the NCAA Championships three straight years prior to this season.