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Tennessee Men’s Golf Places Top 10 in NCAA Championships

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Tennessee men’s golf. Photo via Brennan Webb on X.

Tennessee’s men’s golf season came to a close on Memorial Day during the NCAA Championships in Carlsbad, California.

The Vols end their postseason run with a 10th-place finish after missing out on the quarterfinals cut by just three shots.

While not the result that Tennessee was looking for, the Vols still achieved impressive accomplishments throughout the season including eight top-four team finishes, three team tournament titles, and a tied-for-first stroke play finish at the SEC Championships.

Tennessee head coach Brennan Webb took to social media to share his thoughts on the season.

“It’s obviously not the end result we wanted this week,” Webb said in the statement. “(I) couldn’t be more proud of this team and what they have fought for this year and how much they fought through a bunch of adversity, how much they have grown as a team and individually.

They never stopped fighting, even all the way through today. We have been written off a bunch of times. (We were) written off after the first round. We were certainly written off in January. These guys, they just never stopped fighting and they kept going all the way to the end. It’s a fine line of success. We are going to miss by three shots over the course of 16 rounds of golf. It just is what it is, but the fact that we were here with a chance with a couple of holes to go speaks for what we’ve become as a program.”

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Tennessee made a push at the end, shooting their best round of the tournament on Monday and the third-best round in the 15-team field but couldn’t quite close the gap in time.

Individual Scores and Team Leaderboard (via UT Sports)

Individual Scores

T35. Bryce Lewis, 78-71-73-73—295 (+7)
T42. Evan Woosley-Reed, 74-75-74-73—296 (+8)
T49. Lance Simpson, 77-71-74-76—298 (+10)
T53. Jake Hall, 80-75-73-71—299 (+11)
T72. Bruce Murphy, 76-75-80-72—303 (+15)

Team Leaderboard

1. Illinois, -6
2. Vanderbilt, +10
T3. Virginia, +11
T3. North Carolina, +11
5. Florida State, +12
6. Auburn, +19
7. Ohio State, +22
8. Georgia Tech, +25
9. Oklahoma, +26
10. Tennessee, +28
11. Florida, +29
12. East Tennessee State, +30
13. Texas, +31
14. Baylor, +37
15. Arizona, +41

Tennessee earned a spot in the NCAA Championships field with a second-place finish at the Austin Regional on May 15. The Vols punched their ticket to California by being one of the top five teams in the regional.

Like in Austin, the top five teams of all six regional sites advanced to the NCAA Championships for a total of 30 teams left standing. Other SEC teams in the NCAA Championships included Auburn, LSU, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Texas A&M. Texas and Oklahoma were also in the field but do not make the jump to the SEC until this summer.

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