Texas wins NCAA men’s golf title
Texas won its third NCAA men’s golf championship defeating
Alabama on a 20-foot birdie putt by senior Dylan Frittelli on
Sunday at Rivera.
With the match tied at two, Frittelli, who is from South Africa,
came to the 18th hole all square with Cory Whitsett. After
Whitsett’s birdie chip came up well short, Frittelli drained his
”I don’t even know what happened,” Frittelli said. ”It was
all a blur. I just wanted to make that putt. It was amazing.”
Alabama took the first two of the five matches. Hunter Hamrick
defeated Julio Vegas 6 and 5, while Bobby Wyatt knocked in a
30-foot chip from behind the green to down Toni Hakula, 1 up.
Texas then won the next two matches. Jordan Spieth closed out
fellow freshman, Justin Thomas, 3 and 2, while Cody Gribble went
3-0 in match play, defeating Scott Strohmeyer, 2 and 1, leaving
Frittelli to earn the Longhorn’s third championship.
”It came down to the last hole with two great players,” Texas
Coach John Fields said. ”Dylan did something fantastic. We are so
Texas also won NCAA Championships in 1971 and 1972, when PGA
Tour golfers and major championship winners, Ben Crenshaw and Tom
Kite were on the team.
”This was a classic 1 versus 2 match up,” Alabama Coach Jay
Seawell said. ”You hate to lose, but Texas did what they needed to
do and they are a great team.”