SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (May 15, 2019) – Two strokes came between the West Virginia University golf team and a bid to the National Championship as the eighth-seeded Mountaineers took sixth place at the NCAA Louisville Regional, held at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, on Wednesday.
WVU shot one-under par in the final round, shooting a 283 as a team to finish the tournament at 10-under par with a 54-hole total of 286-293-283=862. No. 1 Oklahoma State shot 14-under par to take top honors at the regional and will be joined in Arkansas by No. 11 Auburn (-10), No. 25 Baylor (-7), No. 21 Louisville (+7) and No. 13 North Florida, who finished two strokes ahead of WVU at eight-over par.
Sophomores Matthew Sharpstene and Logan Perkins tied for 22nd place with matching scores of 215 for two-over par. Sharpstene, who previously shot 72-73, carded and eagle on No. 4 before adding a birdie on No. 4 to make the turn at three-under par. Despite some struggles on the back nine, he came through with three birdies to post West Virginia’s best score of the day with a one-under-par 71. Perkins birdied five holes to finish the round even par with for a three-day score of 70-74-71.
Senior Max Sear used a trio of birdies on the front nine and another on No. 13 to finish even-par in the final round of his collegiate career. He capped the event with a 54-hole total of 74-72-71=217, shooting four-over par to tie for 29th place.
Junior Philipp Matlari birdied a trio of holes on the front nine, making the turn at two-under par following a bogey on No. 9. He added two more on the back nine, but a double-bogey on No. 18 moved him to even par with a 71. Matlari capped the event with a three-round tally of 71-76-71=218, tying for 35th place at five over.
Junior Etienne Papineau finished seven-over par with a 220 to take 44th place. He birdied a pair of holes in the final round to shoot two-over par, finishing with scores of 73-74-73.
The 2019 season marked just the fourth as a varsity sport for the Mountaineers, who reintroduced the program in 2013 and started competition in 2015-16. This week was the first NCAA appearance of the new era, and the first since 1972.
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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (May 14, 2019) –
Solid play by senior Max Sear and a stellar ending by junior Etienne Papineau led the way for the West Virginia University golf team as the Mountaineers capped day two of the NCAA Louisville Regional at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers slipped from fifth place to eighth place after the second round of play, shooting a team score of 593 for nine-over par. WVU’s two-round total of 286-293=579 is 11 over. No. 11 Auburn leads the field at 15-under par, followed by Oklahoma State in second at seven under. No. 25 Baylor is even par through two rounds.
Sear bounced back from Monday’s early struggles with a pair of birdies on Tuesday. Balanced by a trio of bogeys, he finished the round at one-over par with a 72. His score moves him into a tie for 37th place with a four-over-par total of 74-72=146.
After recording a pair of early bogeys and two double-bogeys, Papineau found himself six-over-par through 10 holes. He then birdied three of the remaining six holes to finish the day at three-over par. His 36-hole total of 73-74=147 puts him at five-over par and in a tie for 41st place.
Sophomore Logan Perkins led the squad on Monday at one-under par but struggled on Monday and finished with a three-over-par 74. He tallied five birdies on the day, but also had six bogeys and a double-bogey. He sits two over through two rounds and is tied for 24th place with a score of 70-74=144 for two over.
Sophomore Mathew Sharpstene birdied No. 5 but registered three bogeys as he carded a two-over-par 73 on the day. His 36-hole total of 72-73=145 has him tied for 28th place at three over.
Junior Philipp Matlari is tied with Papineau in 41st place with a two-round tally of 147 for five-over par. After shooting even-par with a 71 in the first round, Matlari shot a five-over par 76 in the second.
The Mountaineers are paired with Arizona and Arkansas State for the third and final round on Wednesday. Matlari is the first off the tee, going off No. 1 at 8:25 a.m.
The top five teams, as well as the top individuals not on advancing teams, will advance to the 2019 NCAA Golf Championship in Arkansas.
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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (May 13, 2019) – Led by sophomore Logan Perkins, the West Virginia University golf team sits in fifth place after the first day of play at the NCAA Louisville Regional, hosted at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, on Monday.
The Mountaineers shot two-over par as a team with a 286. Auburn is atop the team leaderboard at eight under par, while Oklahoma State is in second place at six under. Baylor and Louisville are tied for third at four-under par.
Perkins shot a one-under-par 70 in the first round to lead the Mountaineers. He scored a birdie and a bogey on the front nine to enter the turn at even par. He went on to add two more birdies on the back nine before bogeying No. 18. He sits tied for 11th place in the standings.
Junior Philipp Matlari shot even-par with a 71. He birdied three holes on the front nine but bogeyed three as well to sit even-par at the turn. Matlari birdied No. 11 but had back-to-back bogeys before adding a birdie on No. 17. He is tied for 16th place.
Sophomore Matthew Sharpstene carded a 72 to end the round at one-over par and in a tie for 26th place. After registering a double-bogey on No. 4, he notched a pair of birdies to make the turn at even par. Sharpstene added another birdie on the back nine but had two bogeys to shoot one over.
Junior Etienne Papineau had a pair of birdies on the front nine but had four bogeys across the round to shoot two-over par. He sits tied for 35th place after carding a 73.
Senior Max Sear bogeyed a trio of holes on the front nine to make the turn at plus three. He added two more bogeys but birdied two of the last four holes to finish at three-over par with a 74. Sear is tied for 44th place overall.
West Virginia is paired with Baylor and Arizona for tomorrow’s round. The Mountaineers will go off hole No. 10 in tee times starting at 8 a.m.