Rasmussen's first-place finish leads BYU to NCAA nationals
PULLMAN, Wash. — Rhett Rasmussen took first place and BYU men’s golf placed second as a team at the Pullman Regional to advance to its second consecutive NCAA Nationals.
“It was a great day for the Cougars,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “The team came to play when we needed a great final round. I am so excited for these guys to have another shot at the NCAA Finals.”
Rasmussen shot a 63 (-7) for the second day in a row to take sole possession of first place, the first Cougar to do so at an NCAA regional qualifier. He had a 195 (-15) total score to finish two strokes above second-place Zach Smith of UC Santa Barbara.
Two other Cougars finished in the top 25 on the final day: Carson Lundell with a 70 (E) and Peter Kuest with a 67 (-3), his best round of the week. Kelton Hirsch also finished with his best round, firing a 66 (-4) to finish tied for 29th. Brock Stanger shot a 71 (+1) to finish in 47th place.
Texas A&M took first at the regional, while Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and South Carolina finished behind the Cougars to also qualify for nationals. South Carolina beat Colorado State by one stroke in a tiebreaker at hole nine. UCSB’s Smith advanced as the highest individual outside of those teams.
NCAA Nationals will take place in Fayetteville, Ark., at Blessings Golf Club from May 24-29. Live stats and the leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.
|6||Walker Lee (4)||67||66||67||200|
|T7||Chandler Phillips (1)||64||70||67||201|
|T12||Sam Bennett (2)||69||67||67||203|
|T12||Brandon Smith (3)||69||65||69||203|
|71||Josh Gliege (6)||72||72|
|1||Rhett Rasmussen (2)||69||63||63||195|
|T17||Carson Lundell (3)||64||70||70||204|
|T24||Peter Kuest (1)||69||69||67||205|
|T29||Kelton Hirsch (4)||70||71||66||207|
|T47||Brock Stanger (5)||72||69||71||212|
|T3||Blaine Hale (3)||68||62||68||198|
|11||Garett Reband (2)||64||70||68||202|
|T12||Quade Cummins (1)||69||67||67||203|
|T33||Patrick Welch (4)||69||72||67||208|
|T33||Brad Dalke (5)||69||71||68||208|
|T12||Andy Ogletree (2)||67||66||70||203|
|T17||Luke Schniederjans (1)||70||66||68||204|
|T17||Connor Howe (5)||66||70||68||204|
|T29||Noah Norton (4)||68||68||71||207|
|60||Tyler Strafaci (3)||72||73||73||218|
|T3||Scott Stevens (1)||67||66||65||198|
|T24||Ryan Hall (5)||69||70||66||205|
|T44||Caleb Proveaux (4)||72||69||70||211|
|T54||Will Miles (2)||75||73||66||214|
|T54||Ryan Stachler (3)||67||72||75||214|
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