EUGENE, Ore. – One day at a time. One hole at a time. One stroke at a time.
The Kentucky men’s golf team has lived that mantra all week and it has paid off as UK will move on to the qualifying round for match play after finishing 11th overall following 54 holes at the 2016 NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday. Kentucky is in the field among 15 teams who will compete for a spot in the final eight in match play which will begin on Tuesday.
UK and the other 14 qualifying teams will play another round of 18 holes on Monday to determine the top eight squads for match play.
Sophomore Cooper Musselman once again led the way for the Wildcats with an even-par round of 70 on the final day of competition. UK has received contributions from all five players throughout the week as every player has had at least one round count towards the team’s score. Musselman is tied for 20th on the individual leaderboard to pace the Cats statistically.
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Musselman’s consistent play continued on Sunday with the round of 70 to push him into a tie for 20th overall on the individual leaderboard. Musselman has led the Wildcats in scoring in each of the last two rounds. The Louisville, Ky., native’s round consisted of three birdies to offset three bogeys on the afternoon. He birdied the par-four 12th, the par-five 15th and the par-three third.
Classmate Tyler “Chip” McDaniel posted a 1-over par, 71, on Sunday. Kentucky began its round on the back nine of the Eugene Country Club, and McDaniel once again shined on the Club’s opening nine holes with three birdies including the par-four No. 9. McDaniel is tied for 36th on the individual leaderboard through 54 holes.
Junior Stephen Stallings put together another solid round with a 2-over-par 72. Stallings matched Musselman with three birdies for the day. He had back-to-back under-par scores on the No. 3 and No. 4 to highlight his afternoon. Stallings is tied for 67th overall.
Freshman Lukas Euler posted a score of 75, while senior David Snyder logged a 77 on day three. Euler took home honors as the only Wildcat to earn an eagle during the week when he achieved the feat on the par-five fourth. Snyder had three birdies in his round as well. Euler is currently tied for 112th, while Snyder is tied for 103rd.
The Tournament Field
Kentucky is one of six teams from the Southeastern Conference to advance to the final 15. Kentucky is joined by the tournament’s leader in Vanderbilt, along with Arkansas, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.
UK finished in 11th overall, four strokes off of Illinois and Oklahoma State’s pace for a top-10 finish. Vanderbilt leads the field with a three-day combined score of 5-over par. Texas is second with a 7-over score, while Southern California rounds out the top three at 10-over.
Teams will begin play at 10 a.m. ET on Monday as the field is cut to eight teams. Additionally, nine individuals not on advancing teams will join the field to play a final 18 holes on Monday to determine a 72-hole individual national champion.