Men's Golf qualifies for 15-team final round at NCAA Championship
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- UT redshirt freshman Charlie Holland shot a one-under 69 to lead No. 27 Texas in round three of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the par 70, 6,803-yard Gold course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
With the 30-team field cut to 15 teams after three rounds, Texas made the cut by landing in a tie for 12th place after shooting a four-over 284 on the day. Overall, Texas has shot a 10-over 850 after three rounds.
Stanford leads the event at 12-under par, and Coastal Carolina sits in second at 10-under par. Charlotte and Alabama are tied for third at two-under par, and Georgia rounds out the top five at even par. Florida State and Oklahoma State defeated Tennessee in a three-way playoff to earn the final two spots in Saturday's final round with the Top-15 teams.
Stanford's Rob Grube, Clemson's Kyle Stanley and Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale lead individually at six-under par.
"We played a solid round with the 284 today, and I'm really happy for our guys to have made the final cut," UT coach John Fields said. "They all got the job done, and I'm really proud of all of them."
Holland (Dallas, Texas) set the tone with a solid front nine featuring a birdie at the par four fifth hole and no bogeys. Though he bogeyed holes 10 and 14, he added birdies at the 11 and 13th holes to finish with a 35 on the back nine and end the round with the one-under 69. He is tied for 31st place at two-over par heading into Saturday's final round.
"Charlie was magnificent with his one-under (69) today," Fields said. "He worked hard to produce a great round."
Senior Matt Bortis remained as the low overall scorer for the Longhorns, as he tapped in an even-par 70 in round three. Bortis (Springfield, Mo.) countered three bogeys and one double bogey on the front nine with birdies at the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes to finish with a 36 on the front nine.
Bortis played the back nine flawlessly and added a birdie at the par five 15th hole to finish with a 34 on the back nine. With his even-par 70, Bortis is tied for 17th place at one-under par with one round remaining.
Senior Jhonattan Vegas' eagle at the par five sixth hole highlighted his front nine, where he shot a 36. Vegas (Maturin, Venezuela) tapped in a birdie at the par four 18th hole to finish with a 37 on the back nine. With his three-over 73 on the day, Vegas enters Saturday's final round tied for 46th place at four-over par.
Freshman Lance Lopez sliced five strokes off of his second round with a two-over 72 on Friday. Lopez (Missouri City, Texas) opened with a 35 on the front nine on the strength of two birdies and closed with a 37 on the back nine. His two-over 72 landed him in a tie for 65th place at eight-over par going into the final round.
Junior Jace Moore continued his week-long improvement with a three-over 73 in the third round. Moore (Southlake, Texas) sank two birdies and totaled a 37 heading into the turn and bogeyed only one hole to finish with a 36 on the back nine. Moore is tied for 76th place with one round remaining.
Texas tees off in the final round on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Central. Live scoring and video will be available at GolfStat.com.
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