When it comes to the top team in men’s college golf, Vanderbilt is the number one bet.
But don’t forget North Carolina.
The Tar Heels, pre-season No. 1 on the Golf Channel (right before the Commodores), began a slow fall, finishing third at the Fighting Irish Classic without senior Austin Greaser before returning to full strength to take 11th.th of 15 teams at Olympia Fields. The scheduling didn’t get any easier this week at Colonial, where North Carolina was among seven preseason top 10 teams, including Vanderbilt.
The Tar Heels ended up taking them all down, winning the Ben Hogan Collegiate by nine shots over Texas Tech on Tuesday. Vanderbilt rallied on the final day before finishing fifth, 14 behind North Carolina and four behind Pepperdine and Arizona State, who tied for third.
Among North Carolina’s impressive results, four players finished in the top 15 – Greaser (T-3), David Ford (T-6), Dylan Menante (T-8) and Ryan Burnett (T-15). Greaser hit six birdies on his last 11 holes to finish 4-66.
TCU’s Gustav Frimodt closed out at 5-under-65 to win the individual title at age 8, one stroke better than Pepperdine’s William Moe, who also bounced back well this week.
Sleeve tied at 60th at Olympia Fields when Pepperdine, who lost three starters last season, finished 13th.th, ahead of only the North-West and the Army. Derek Hitchner chipped in solo 14th for waves.
The late attack by the Commodores was led by reigning NCAA individual champion sophomore Gordon Sargent, who closed out at 4 under 66 and tied for third in the individual classification. No other Vandy player has made the top 20 since the Commodores teamed up for eight individual top 20s in their first two tournaments.
Oklahoma State, defending colonial winner Stanford, and defending NCAA champion Texas finished sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively. Florida, who started their decline with a win and a T-2, tied for ninth place with TCU and Oregon as the Gators climbed five places on Tuesday.
Oklahoma, playing without Patrick Welch (making his PGA Tour debut on the Shriners this week), are tied for 12 points.thThe Sooners’ worst regular season record since the 2013 Southern Highlands Collegiate, where they finished 15th.th.