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BYU Men's Golf Falls Two Strokes Shy of NCAA Nationals Berth

May 17, 2014

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AUBURN, Ala. - The BYU men's golf team fell short by two strokes in the final round of the NCAA Auburn Regional despite a solid team performance on Saturday. 

"We felt strongly that we can make it to the championships and make some noise, but all in all, we came here and gave it a good effort," BYU golf coach Bruce Brockbank said. "Our goal was to get to the championships, but we'll fight through it and see how we can get better. We made it difficult for us to get the scores we needed, but it came down to the wire. We had a great year and I was pleased. We learned some great lessons with these great group of guys and we came together."

The Cougars dropped two places to tie in seventh with University of North Carolina at Greensboro. BYU finished the 54-hole tournament at 22-over-par trailing fifth place Texas by two strokes.

No. 1 ranked Alabama finished ahead of the pack at 11-under-par with second place Kennesaw finishing at 11-over-par. 

Senior Justin Keiley finished the tournament tied in 15th place at 2-over-par to go along with a birdie for the final round.

"Keiley was consistent the whole tournament and we really have to hand it to him for carrying us," Brockbank said. 

Joe Parkinson improved 14 places to tie in 28th place at 7-over-par. His third round score of 71 was a team low with a pair of birdies on the day. Jordan Rodgers tied in 39th at 10-over-par and added a birdie in the third round. 

Senior Jordan Hammer trailed Rodgers by a single stroke to tie in 44th place at 11-over-par with a team-high four birdies on the day, while Cole Ogden tied in 52nd place at 13-over-par and a pair of birdies. 

Indvidual participant Austin Peay State's Marco Iten finished the tournament in first place at 8-over-par. Alabama, Kennesaw State, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Texas will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 23-28. 

"We're sure going to miss our seniors Justin and Jordan," Brockbank said. "Both those guys have done a great job for our team and we'll learn from them and their leadership. They have been a phenomenal example for our team." 

BYU will look to build upon its strong season and carry it over next year with a solid group of returning players. 

From BYUCougars.com

Four West Coast Conference student-athletes are in the competing as individuals at two Regional sites. WCC Player of the Year Grant Forrest of San Diego is competing in the San Antonio Regional, while WCC Championship Medalist Byron Meth, Loyola Marymount's Tyler Torano and Pepperdine's Frederick Wedel are competing in the Eugene Regional. No WCC individual advanced to NCAA Nationals, although Meth was agonizingly close.

Individual Notables

  • Forrest shot a five-over par on the final day of the NCAA Regionals at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Tex. Forrest finished in a tie for 35th place
  • Taking on a tough field at the Eugene Regional, junior Byron Meth finished in a tie for fifth overall, but fell just short of a spot in the 2014 NCAA Championships after completing the regionals at three-over. 
  • Meth ended play at the regionals one-stroke back of the top individuals as Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom and Chattanooga's Chris Robb ended the tournament at two-over.
  • Wedel ended up in 66th place with a three-day total of 235 (79-77-79) at the par-72 Eugene Country Club. The sophomore had a total of eight birdies in the tournament, including two on Saturday. 
  • Torano finished his final round of the season with a 2-over highlighted by three birdies. The All-WCC first teamer carded seven birdies during the event.