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Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Clemson University won their first NCAA Men's Golf Championship Friday after posting a round of 15-over-par 303 at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The team posted a four-round total of 39-over-par 1191 and won by two strokes over host team Oklahoma State. The Tigers became the first team in NCAA history to win their conference tournament, regional title and NCAA Tournament Championship in the same year. "It was probably the hardest round of golf I think we've ever had to play," said Clemson head coach Larry Penley. "We shoot 15-over par and still win? It was extremely tough." Things got tight down the stretch as Clemson's Jack Ferguson double-bogeyed No. 17 to cut Clemson's advantage to three over the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. He was paired with Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan and Ferguson elected to play conservatively on the par-five 18th. He laid up and made par from 25 feet while Mahan made birdie that just trimmed the final margin. "Coming down stretch, you've really got to pull it together and sack it up, and we did that today," said Clemson star D.J. Trahan, who almost turned professional last year. "We played fantastic coming in." Trahan carded Clemson's best round on Friday with a two-over 74 while Alex Noren was top man for Oklahoma State with a 75. UCLA took third at 45-over-par 1197, followed by Wake Forest and Florida, who tied for fourth place at 46-over-par 1198. The individual title went to Arizona State freshman Alejandro Canizares, who is the son of Champions Tour player Jose Maria Canizares. Canizares overcame a six-stroke deficit at the start of the round to defeat Auburn's Lee Williams by two. Canizares started on the back nine and tallied two birdies before recording two birdies and a bogey on his second nine for a three-under-par 69. Williams racked up double-bogeys on 16 and 17 to shoot a 77. "I was just keeping my game and concentrating and not looking at the leaderboard," Canizares said. "I didn't know my chances (after Tuesday). It's a long tournament. I made a good comeback and played well the last three days." Canizares became the sixth freshman in NCAA history to win the individual title. James McLean of Minnesota won in 1998, Arizona State's took the title in 1989, Billy Ray Brown of Houston hoisted the trophy in 1982, Wake Forest's Curtis Strange visited the winner's circle in 1974 and Ben Crenshaw from the University of Texas won three years before Strange.

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