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BYU Men’s Team Misses NCAA’s By Two Strokes
Good news! BYU had its best round of the tournament! Bad news! So did every team in the field.
Result. BYU lost ground in the standings and was eliminated from the NCAA golf championship by just two shots at NCAA Regional Qualifying at the University of Auburn golf course.
The Cougars went into the final round tied for fifth place and needed a good round to preserve a fifth place standing, which was the cut off for qualifying for the NCAA Finals. While the Cougars shot their best round of the tournament they fell to a season ending eighth place finish.
Starting the day in fifth place and shooting their best round of the tournament and still dropping down the leaderboard had to be disappointing for the Cougars. That all 13 teams in the field posted their best rounds of the tournament on the final day is very unusual.
Joe Parkinson led the Cougars in the final round with a 71. Justin Keiley posted the low overall score for the Cougars with a two over par total of 73-72-73-218. The Cougars failed to have any player go deep any day. Of the 15 individual rounds played by the Cougars only two were under par, 71s by Parkinson the final day, and Jordan Rodgers the second day.
The final team standings were as follows:
875- Kennesaw State
882- Virginia Tech
Failed to Qualify
885- New Mexico
886- BYU, UNCG
888- Louisville, UC Davis
889- Sam Houston State
913- Alabama State
918- St. Johns
218- Justin Keiley, 73-72-73
223- Joe Parkinson, 75-77-71
226- Jordan Rodgers, 77-71-78
227- Jordan Hammer, 77-74-76
229- Cole Ogden, 74-82-73