FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas -- The University of Texas Men's Golf team dropped a 3-2 decision against Stanford on Wednesday morning in the NCAA Championship match at Blessings Golf Club. With the defeat, the Longhorns have now finished as NCAA runner-up a total of six times in program history (1949, 1983, 1989, 1994, 2016 and 2019).
The match was originally scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m. Central. However, the threat of inclement weather in the Fayetteville area forced the NCAA Committee to start the title match at 6:45 a.m. Central.
Freshman Parker Coody concluded his outstanding performance at the NCAA Championships with a 6&5 victory against Daulet Tuleubayev. Senior Steven Chervony was credited with a 1-up win against David Snyder, as Chervony held a 1-up lead through 14 holes when the Cardinal earned their third and match-clinching point.
Inside the NCAA Championship Match
Freshman Parker Coody got the Longhorns on the board first with a dominant 6&5 victory against Daulet Tuleubayev. Coody won holes 1 and 3 to build an early 2-up cushion, before Tuleubayev won hole 6. Coody answered by winning back-to-back holes (7 and 8), then claimed three-straight hole wins after the turn (10, 11 and 12) to take a 6-up lead. He halved hole 13 to close out the match.
Freshman Cole Hammer dropped a 4&3 decision to Isaiah Salinda. Twice during the front nine (holes 1 and 2, then holes 5 and 6), Hammer won a hole and Salinda promptly answered by winning the ensuing hole. Tied thru nine holes, Salinda claimed wins at holes 10, 11, 13 and 14 to build a 4-up lead. Salinda then halved hole 15 to close out the victory.
Freshman Pierceson Coody fell 4&3 to Brandon Wu. Wu won holes 2 and 3 to grab an early 2-up cushion. He then won hole 8, before Coody answered with a win at hole 10. Wu responded with wins on holes 12 and 15 to close out the match.
Junior Spencer Soosman dropped a 2&1 decision to Henry Shimp. Tied thru two holes, Soosman won holes 3 and 6 to build a 2-up advantage, before Shimp answered by winning back-to-back holes (8 and 9) to even the match. Tied thru 10 holes, Shimp won holes 11 and 12, but Soosman answered with a win on hole 13. Shimp won hole 14, and again Soosman responded with a win on hole 15 to climb within 1-down.
Shimp then won hole 16 and halved hole 17 to close out the victory.
Senior Steven Chervony was credited with a 1-up victory against David Snyder. Tied through six holes, Chervony won holes 7 and 9 to make the turn at 2-up. Snyder won hole 11, but Chervony answered with a win at hole 12.
Snyder responded with a win at hole 13 to get back to 1-down, but the players halved the following hole (14). Chervony held a 1-up lead through 14 holes when Stanford earned its third and clinching point to claim the national championship.