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Cougars Finish Seventh at the 1999 NCAA Golf Championship

CHASKA -- It had been eight years since the Brigham Young University Men's Golf team finished in the top 10 at the NCAA tournament. That drought came to a close Saturday as the No. 16 ranked Cougars posted a 15-over-par 303 in the final round of the 1999 NCAA Championship to finish in

seventh place.

The Cougars posted rounds of 293-298-302-303 for a 72-hole total of 1196 at the 7,196-yard Hazeltine National Golf Club. In fourth place entering the final round, BYU struggled early and was forced to play catch up all day.

"We had a pretty tough day," said BYU coach Bruce Brockbank. "We started real sloppy and never got anything going. We struggled with the putter the last two rounds and if you are going to win this Championship you have got to putt better than we did."

Georgia, who entered the final round five strokes behind Oklahoma State, fired a 5-over-par 293 to win the NCAA Championship by three strokes with a 72-hole total of 292-305-290-293--1180. No. 8 ranked Oklahoma State was second at 289-308-285-301--1183, followed by No. 10 ranked Northwestern in third at 296-299-297-296--1188.

"We played with the big boys all week," said Brockbank the 1999 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. "It was a good showing for us. I'm real proud of the way these guys represented BYU. Seventh in the nation is pretty darn good."

Rounding out the teams to finish ahead of BYU was No. 14 ranked Washington (1189), No. 5 ranked Arizona State (1192) and No. 2 ranked UNLV (1195), the defending NCAA Champions.

"We have some things to improve on for next year," said Brockbank. But the good news is we return all five of these guys. They had a great year."

All-WAC teammates, Andy Miller and Billy Harvey finished tied for 23rd. Miller, a two-time All-American junior, struggled early in the final round but birdied three of the final four holes to shot 76 and 300 for the tournament. Harvey, a sophomore, birdied three of the final five holes to get to 79 and tie Miller at 300.

Other BYU scores from the final round included Scott Miller at 76 for a total of 301 (tied for 34th); Manuel Merizalde also had a 76 for a total of 302 (tied for 39th); and Jose Garrido who had his best round of the tournament a 75 for a total of 310 (67th).

Second and third-round leader Luke Donald fired a 71 on the final day to win the individual title with a 4-under-par 284. He was followed by Ryuji Imada of Georgia and Troy Kelly of Washington in second at 287. Paul Casey of Arizona State was fourth at 290 and Charles Howell of Oklahoma State rounded out the top five at 291.

BYU has participated in the NCAA Golf Championship 25 times in the past 34 years. During that stretch, the Cougars have finished in the top 10 a total of 19 times.

Team Results

Georgia 292-305-290-293--1180

Oklahoma State 289-308-285-301--1183

Northwestern 296-299-297-296--1188

Washington 307-301-291-290--1189

Arizona State 297-307-296-292--1192

UNLV 295-298-306-296--1195

BYU 293-298-302-303--1196

Houston 297-305-297-300--1199

Clemson 293-297-303-306--1199

North Carolina 294-307-298-302--1201

Minnesota 303-305-303-297--1208

Florida 297-311-298-310--1216

E. Tennessee St. 298-306-317-296--1217

Nebraska 301-305-304-308--1218

Illinois 303-305-304-307--1219

Top 10 Individual

1. Luke Donald, N'western 73-68-72-71--284

2. Ryuji Imada, Georgia 72-76-72-67--287

Troy Kelly, Wash. 75-71-70-71--287

4. Paul Casey, ASU 72-77-69-72--290

5. Charles Howell, OSU 71-77-70-73--291

6. Derek Gillespie, Arizona 72-71-76-75--294

Max Harris, UNC 70-75-72-77--294

8. Chris Wisler, E Tenn. St 68-75-81-71--295

Lucas Glover, Clemson 72-73-74-76--295

10. Don Hill, UNC 70-76-77-73--296

BYU Scores

t23 - Billy Harvey 75-74-72-79--300

t23 - Andy Miller 73-74-77-76--300

t34 - Scott Miller 72-78-75-76--301

t39 - Manuel Merizalde 73-72-81-76--302

67 - Jose Garrido 77-80-81-75--310