Austin Rustand | Posted: 30 May 2022 | Updated: 12 Aug 2022

Cougars conclude season with 21st place finish at NCAA Championship

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Carson Lundell hits a tee shot at the National Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — BYU men’s golf finished the 2022 NCAA Championship in a tie for 21st after its third-round score of 290 from Thursday was recorded on Sunday afternoon.

“I am really proud of our guys for their hard work, dedication and how much they fought for the opportunity to compete on the biggest stage in college golf,” said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. “After the rough patch we hit during the fall season, we didn’t know if making it to the national championship would be possible, but this group rallied together, worked their tails off, played some incredible golf and were able to make it a reality.”

To accommodate its longstanding policy of not competing on Sunday, the NCAA made provisions for BYU to play its third round of the championship on Thursday afternoon at Grayhawk Golf Club. That score of 290 was posted on Sunday along with the scores from the other 29-teams in the field who competed Sunday leading up to the 54-hole cut. 

The national rankings held true as No. 1 Oklahoma (287-275-277—839) is 1-under-par through 54-holes and hold a 4-shot lead over No. 2 Oklahoma State (289-277-277—843) who is 3-over-par with No. 3 Vanderbilt (282-282-281—845) in third at 5-over.

No. 5 ranked North Carolina (288-281-280—849) sits in fourth at 9-over-par, while defending national champion No. 6 Pepperdine (294-282-277—853) rounds out the top-5 at 13-over par. The top-15 teams made the 54-hole cut and will play the fourth round Monday before the field is cut to eight to begin match play on Tuesday.

The 54-hole cutline fell at 37-over-par which eliminated No. 41 BYU (295-302-290—887) who finished in a tie for 21st with No. 18 Florida State (291-300-296—887) at 47-over. The Cougars finished ahead of No. 30 East Tennessee State, No. 31 South Florida, No. 32 Ohio State, No. 33 North Florida, No. 38 Liberty and No. 47 Utah.

Cole Ponich was the highest BYU finisher with rounds of 73-78-69—220 to finish in a tie for 55th. David Timmins finished two shots back of Ponich after posting rounds of 75-74-73—222.

Carson Lundell carded rounds of 74-74-75—223 to finish one back of Timmins with Tyson Shelley shooting 73-76-76—225. Max Brenchley rounded out the scoring for the Cougars with rounds of 76-85-73—234.

“This team made some huge improvements with their putting and the mental side of the game and we are a much better team now than we were in the fall,” said BYU director of golf Todd Miler. “That being said, we are excited to have everyone back next year and to see if we can be a more consistent team throughout the season. We believe that there is enough talent on this team to not only return to the national championship, but also make match play next year."

After finishing in the top-5 in six of their last nine events, the Cougars vaulted up the rankings reaching as high as 55th in the country before finishing third at the NCAA Stockton Regional to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship. BYU returns all five starters from the 2022 team as it looks to make a return trip to Scottsdale next May.

"I am so proud of our guys and their attitude the entire week," said BYU volunteer assistant coach Danny Summerhays. "This will be an incredible learning experience as we move forward into next season. This team is hungry and I believe they will accomplish great things."

Individual Leaderboard

Place Player R1 R2 R3 Total To Par
T-55 Cole Ponich 73 78 69 220 +10
T-68 David Timmins 75 74 73 222 +12
T-76 Carson Lundell 74 74 75 223 +13
T-94 Tyson Shelley 73 76 76 225 +15
T-135 Max Brenchley 76 85 73 234 +24

Final Team Leaderboard

Place Team R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To Par
T-1 No. 3 Vanderbilt 282 282 281 289 1134 +14
T-1 No. 1 Oklahoma 287 275 277 295 1134 +14
T-1 No. 5 North Carolina 288 281 280 285 1134 +14
4th No. 7 Texas 291 291 278 277 1137 +17
5th No. 2 Oklahoma State 289 277 277 298 1141 +21
6th No. 6 Pepperdine 294 282 277 293 1146 +26
7th No. 4 Arizona State 290 292 277 289 1148 +28
8th No. 8 Texas Tech 297 287 285 284 1153 +33
9th No. 14 Arkansas 294 286 286 293 1159 +39
T-10 No. 17 Auburn 285 296 288 291 1160 +40
T-10 No. 10 Florida 300 285 286 289 1160 +40
T-12 No. 15 Georgia 291 292 289 299 1171 +51
T-12 No. 11 Georgia Tech 298 289 290 294 1171 +51
14th No. 23 Ole Miss 297 287 293 300 1177 +57
15th No. 27 Oregon 285 300 291 306 1182 +62
--- --- 54-Hole Cut --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
16th No. 12 Texas A&M 300 287 292 --- 879 +39
17th No. 25 Kansas 286 297 297 --- 880 +40
18th No. 13 Stanford 295 290 297 --- 882 +42
T-19 No. 26 Arizona 286 306 291 --- 883 +43
T-19 No. 16 Wake Forest 303 285 295 --- 883 +43
T-21 No. 41 BYU 295 302 290 --- 887 +47
T-21 No. 18 Florida State 291 300 296 --- 887 +47
23rd No. 32 Ohio State 300 300 293 --- 893 +53
24th No. 33 North Florida 306 298 291 --- 895 +55
25th No. 44 Georgia Southern 295 305 297 --- 897 +57
26th No. 38 Liberty 290 303 305 --- 898 +58
27th No. 47 Utah 297 311 296 --- 904 +64
28th No. 31 South Florida 303 304 300 --- 907 +67
29th No. 30 East Tennessee State 297 308 306 --- 911 +71
30th No. 49 College of Charleston 305 313 295 --- 913 +73