There will be a new DI men’s golf champion this season. Arizona State continues to roll as they take down defending champion Pepperdine 4-1. Shortly after, Texas beat top-seeded Vanderbilt 3-1-1.
The Sun Devils only needed their front three to win the game. Mason Andersen earned the first point after going 19 holes with Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante. David Puig won the second on the 17th after Joey Vrzich couldn’t make a putt to go overtime.
BIG TIME BIRDIE 😮💨
Mason Andersen 🥩 goes through the clutch on 1️⃣8️⃣ yet again as he extends the game 😅 pic.twitter.com/EWm12oKS0l
— Sun Devil Men’s Golf (@sundevilmgolf) May 31, 2022
After an emphatic 7 and 5 win over Oklahoma’s Chris Gotterup in the quarterfinals, it looked like Preston Summerhays were in for another smooth win. Summerhays were up five with after 10, but Joe Highsmith showed that toughness we saw in 2021 and brought the game down to 18 before the rookie finally finished the game.
Hours after the Sun Devils closed the Waves, Texas managed to knock out Vanderbilt. The Longhorns took the first point thanks to Cole Hammer winning 4 and 3 over 2022 individual champion Gordon Sargent. This is the second time Hammer has defeated an individual champion. In 2019 he beat Matt Wolff to help the Longhorns progress through the match play bracket.
The Commodores responded with a run from William Moll, who beat Parker Coody on 18. The final two runs for Texas came from Pierceson Coody and Travis Vick. Both players have never trailed in their matches. Coody won 3&2, while Vick finished 4&3 to send his team to the national championship.
— Texas Men’s Golf (@TexasMGolf) June 1, 2022
Arizona State has never been to the finals since the DI Men’s Golf Championship switched to a match-play format in 2009. This will be the first time Texas has been in the title game since 2019, when he lost to Stanford. The last time Texas won the national championship was in 2012 when Jordan Spieth helped the Longhorns win the title.
You can watch the championship game on Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m. ET live on Golf Channel. Click or tap here from the tournament.