NCAA Austin Regional: Saturday quote sheet
May 16, 2009
Florida Head Coach Buddy Alexander (regional team champion)
On the play of senior Billy Horschel: Billy is the heart and soul of this team. He struggled a little bit on 14 yesterday, taking an eight on that hole. But we talked about that and like a champion, he came back and played a great round today. It was a big part of us winning today.
On gaining momentum heading into the NCAA Championships: Hopefully, this will make us feel good about ourselves for a while. Golf is a strange game in that we play a lot on confidence. From a team standpoint, this should help. On an individual standpoint, they're going to have to be playing well in their own minds.
Texas junior (regional individual medalist at 4-under-par 209)
On playing holes five-seven: It was brutal. The wind picked up and the rain came in, so it was hard. Five was into the wind and picked up some yardage, I hit driver, then 3-wood and didn't make it on the green. On six, I didn't get up-and-down. Then on seven, I landed on the right side of the fairway. I played that stretch 1-over.
On keeping his composure following bogeys: I could have lost (composure) very easily. You just try to talk yourself through getting those shots back, and try to keep your momentum going.
Florida senior Billy Horschel (carded a final-round 3-under-par 68 to finish second in individual standings)
On Florida's victory: This is unbelievable. We haven't won a tournament away from our home course or something that we've hosted since 2006. When we came out here, I told the guys, `let's all be on the same page. We're here to win.'
Texas Head Coach John Fields (team finished in third place at 25-over-par 877)
On advancing to the NCAA Championships: At the beginning of every year, your goal is to make it to the national championship. This team has battled back. It's been difficult to watch Charlie go through this bonafied slump, but that guy is an emotional leader for this team. So to watch him go through that is really hard on everyone else. It's been one heck of a year, but we can put all of it aside and go ahead and compete in the national championship now.
Michigan Head Coach Andrew Sapp (team earned fifth and final qualifying spot)
On playing in 'Michigan' weather: We do get this kind of weather in the Midwest. I told the guys a lot of these teams here are not used to this, and we definitely are. We tried to use it to our advantage, and we found a way to pull it off.