SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Twelve players were within four shots of the leaders as they made the turn in the final round of stroke play at the 2022 NCAA Div. I Men’s Golf Championship on Monday, setting up a frantic end in the desert.
Five players were tied for the lead at even parity, with two players in the clubhouse — Parker Coody (Texas) and Ryan Burnett (North Carolina) — and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra’s (Oklahoma State) final group, Chris Gotterup (Oklahoma) and Gordon Sargent (Vanderbilt) on the 18th tee. Chacarra and Sargent each managed to make the playoffs with Coody and Burnett, with Gotterup bogeying to drop back to a tie for fifth at 1 with Arizona State’s Cameron Sisk, Pepperdine’s William Mouw and Carolina’s David Ford North.
Sargent, a freshman from Birmingham, Alabama, birdied the first playoff hole to claim medal honors and become the ninth freshman to win the individual national title since USC’s Jamie Lovemark in 2007. Sargent is the second freshman in the space of a week to claim NCAA medal honors, after Stanford’s Rose Zhang.