Scottsdale, Arizona – Texas won the national title that eluded the current Seniors three years ago.
No hurricanes, no disappointment, just one bullet after another.
Travis Vick, who scored two goals from 30 feet on the 18th hole to defeat Cameron Sisk, Texas won their fourth National Championship by avoiding the late Arizona State team for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday.
“Everything has meaning and the adversities we’ve faced have made us stronger,” said Parker Cody, Texas’s chief administrator.
Texas lost the 2019 title to Stanford, in part because of the weather. Forecasts of severe storms pushed tournament tee times to just before dawn, and the Longhorns were of sorts at a loss 3-2.
Texans spent the next three years trying to come back, battling through pressure-filled moments to reach the final eight of the NCAA Championships. The Longhorns appeared to be liberated in quarterfinal victories over Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt, which went on to the final against Arizona State even as the games approached.
Lock it in you, but it wasn’t easy.
He drove 2 with three holes left, but misplaced his foot 15 feet into Grayhawk’s 16th golf hole to see his lead to one. Cesc missed a chance for a tie when he let go of an 8-foot birdie after leading him in the short Bar 4 17.
Cesc pulled his second shot onto the par-4’s 18th hole in the vault and hit it to 4 feet, leaving Vic with two hits to win the National Championship. He hit it within inches of the cup, sending the Longhorns into the green with their first national title since 2012.
“Today you see a group of guys in front of you,” Texas coach John Fields said. “They may not have started like this four or five years ago, but they are today and I’m really proud of them.”
Arizona State was the top seed a year ago at Grayhawk, but couldn’t get past Oklahoma in the semifinals. The Sun Devils got some revenge by defeating the Sooners in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and taking defending champion Pepperdine in the semifinals on the afternoon.
Arizona State appeared to have trouble with a 9 defense against Texas, trailing three games after Parker Cody beat James Leo 6 and 5.
The Sun Demons swarmed, and held some tense moments along the expanse.
“You obviously want to be sober, but at the same time we have a lot of confidence in each other,” said David Puig of Arizona, who beat Mason Nomi 1 on 19 holes. “The match isn’t over, we still believe, and that’s what we did. We were late, but they were close.”
It sure was.
Following Cody’s win, Arizona State’s Mason Anderson tied the championship game with a 3–2 win over Cole Hammer.
Pierceson Coody, Parker’s twin, finished his match with Preston Summerhays 2 and 1 by going up and down for Birdie in the short round 4 17 at Grahawk’s Raptor Stadium. Summerhays drove her away from the green and she lost a 4-foot bird before Coody’s fell 3 feet.
Little Mason Noomi of Texas had a 1-up lead after a 14th-place birdie, but David Puig tied with a 17th-ranked Birdie.
Nome then hit a tree left of the fairway on the 520-yard par-4 hole 18, leaving him 243 yards into the green. He hit it through the green and made a 20-foot hit after Puig just missed a birdie, sending the bout into extra holes.
Nomi rolled his ball off the par-4 10th hole and missed holes 2 and 1, but didn’t have to worry about that as Vick took the title a few hundred yards away.
“It’s obviously a painful loss,” Arizona State coach Matt Thurmond said. “There aren’t often chances of winning a national championship and we had a chance at the end. It takes a lot to get here.”
Something the long centuries knew everything.