That’s a wrap folks! 2016 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship
What an electrifying showdown in Eugene, Oregon. As the championship season came to an end, the biggest tournament in college golf also happened to be the tightest race all year.
The stage was set… The 2016 NCAA National Championship was to be decided between #6 seed Oregon Ducks vs. the #1 seed Texas Longhorns. Straight up. Match Play. Winner takes home the National Championship.
With #4 ranked Amateur in the world, Beau Hossler conceding his match (due to injury) and #6 ranked Amateur, Aaron Wise, falling to blazing hot Scotty Scheffler, Texas formidably squared the championship match 2-2 with one final match to play. In the end, Sulman Raza of Oregon made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third extra playoff hole, with the national championship on the line, to outlast Taylor Funk.
It was a true tale of emotions. Exhilarating competition to say the least. The sensations were vivid and extremely real for not only the student-athletes competing in the championship but also for the friends, family, and fans watching from afar.
It was exceptionally tough to watch good friend, Taylor Funk and the Texas Longhorn golf team to go down in such fashion. However, it was equally gratifying to see the Oregon Ducks battle for their lives, through the sheer emotion, and come out on top to win their first National Championship title. This was a blood, sweat, and tears kind of week. This year’s championship was nothing short of exhilarating to watch. This is why we love college golf.
Oregon Coach and former PGA Tour player, Casey Martin, has shown toughness his entire life. From birth, with his debilitating right leg injury, to countless PGA Tour cart controversies, Casey endured the tough times and now has his first national championship under his belt as a Coach. The fight, determination, and year-long ‘push’ exemplified the camaraderie of the Ducks golf program.
After the round, during interviews, Coach Martin was asked “how does it feel, to come out on top and get it done?”. He humbly responded, eyeing the national championship trophy in front of him on the Golf Channel set, “this will certainly do”.
You can’t teach this stuff. From players to coaches. From practicing into the late hours of the night to prepare for the season, to knocking down pressure putts with the national championship is on the line, it just doesn’t get any more REAL than this.
College Golf is surging right now and emotions are running at an all time high. The final match action between the Oregon Ducks and the Texas Longhorns will leave a lasting impression in the history books. Formidable congrats to all those who played in the national championship and special congratulations to all of those associated with the Oregon Ducks Men’s Golf Program!
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