MORGAN HILL, Calif. – No. 18 Mississippi State punched its ticket to the 2023 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship on Wednesday after winning the Morgan Hill Regional as the only team below par. Four Bulldogs finished among the top 15 individuals.
Joining MSU in advancing were BYU, No. 7 Florida State, Baylor and No. 6 Pepperdine, with the Bulldogs shooting four strokes better than BYU. State led the field for the most team birdies in the tournament with 49.
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It was MSU’s third tournament title of the year as a team, and the Bulldogs’ NCAA regional victory in program history. The Bulldogs will make their fourth championship appearance in school history and first since 2008.
“I’m at a loss for words, to be honest,” head coach Dusty Smith said. “We knew we were prepared and we knew it was a tough tournament, but our guys went out there and played some great golf and just competed. [They] competed so well this week, and I just couldn’t be happier for the guys. They put so much hard work in, and they left it all out on the line. For us to come out regional champions is pretty special.”
The Bulldogs’ three team titles this season are tied for third-most in program history with the 1998-99 and 1996-97 squads. Smith now holds sole possession of the fourth-most tournament titles as a head coach with five.
Hunter Logan and Ford Clegg were State’s top finishers, tying for seventh and shooting even par through 54 holes. Clegg carded three birdies for the day and 13 for the regional, which was the second-most in the field.
Pedro Cruz Silva and Garrett Endicott tied for 11th. Endicott shot 2-under 72 for the day, sinking four of his five birdies on the back nine. Cruz Silva added three birdies in his round. Endicott now ranks third in MSU single-season history with 22 par or better rounds.
The NCAA Championships will be held on May 26-31 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and include a field of 35 teams and seven individuals. The field will be cut to 15 teams and nine individuals following three rounds…
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