The 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championships has shifted gears into tournament mode. The top eight schools were seeded into a bracket following four rounds of play, with the quarterfinals and semifinals played on Tuesday.
Bryson DeChambeau of SMU was crowned the individual champion on Monday. He edged Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington by one stroke at eight-under par to capture the title. His performance wasn't quite enough to push the Mustangs into the team finals, though.
Let's check out the results from Tuesday's action along with an updated look at the bracket heading into the final day of play on Wednesday. That's followed by a recap of the quarterfinals and semifinals.
|2015 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship|
|Round||Winning Team||Losing Team||Score|
|Quarterfinals||(1) Illinois||(8) UCLA||3-2-0|
|Quarterfinals||(7) LSU||(2) Vanderbilt||3-1-1|
|Quarterfinals||(3) Georgia||(6) USF||4-1-0|
|Quarterfinals||(5) USC||(4) Texas||3-0-2|
|Semifinals||(5) USC||(1) Illinois||3-1-1|
|Semifinals||(7) LSU||(3) Georgia||3-1-1|
|(4) Texas||(5) USC|
|(5) USC||(5) USC|
|(6) USF||(3) Georgia|
Day 5 Recap
Brandon Pierce, Ben Taylor and Zach Wright led the charge with match victories as LSU edged second-seeded Vanderbilt. It represented a nice bounce-back for the Tigers golfers, who were 14 shots worse than the Commodores in Round 4.
The team's official feed provided highlights of the win:
The Tigers advanced to face Georgia, which eased past USF in the quarters. The Bulldogs got a dominant performance from Lee McCoy, who won five and three over Ryan Fricker. Zach Healy, Sepp Straka and Mookie DeMoss also picked up wins.
USF Men's Golf noted it was still a season of progress despite the loss:
Top-seeded Illinois survived an upset bid from UCLA. Narrow one-up victories from Thomas Detry and Nick Hardy were the difference in the most competitive quarterfinal matchup. Charlie Danielson also scored a point for the Fighting Illini.
The Golf Channel showcased a clutch putt from Hardy to seal the deal:
USC didn't drop a single pairing in its triumph over Texas. Bobby Gojuangco, Sean Crocker and Rico Hoey won their respective matches while Eric Sugimoto and Jonah Texeira had draws. It was a strong showing in an evenly matched quarterfinal.
Lance Ringler of Golfweek passed along comments from Trojans coach Chris Zambri about the hard-fought advancement.
"They are a super tough team," Zambri said. "I knew it was going to be tough to win the match, they are so accomplished. Every guy on their team is a star."
LSU once again rose to the occasion with some outstanding showings in the afternoon session. Wright played a terrific match en route to a seven-and-six win over DeMoss. Taylor and Eric Ricard also won their pairings as the No. 7 seed Tigers reached the final.
Adam Schupak of Golf's Driving Force pointed out it's been a long time since LSU claimed the men's golf title:
After squeaking by in the quarterfinals, Illinois wasn't as lucky in the semifinals. USC stepped up in a major way down the stretch of just about every pairing to secure a spot in the final. It prevented the Illini from making another closing charge.
USC Men's Golf noted Sugimoto played the role of hero by closing out his match on 17th hole:
Looking ahead to the final, LSU is certainly riding high. Match play is a game of momentum, and the Tigers were able to string together some strong efforts on Tuesday. That added confidence should carry over to the championship match.
USC played well in its own right, though. The Trojans knocked out the top seed with some clutch play down the stretch. So it wouldn't be a surprise if the final comes right down to the last few holes with both sides performing at a high level.