The Commodores' men's golf team advanced to their first ever Final Four after knocking off UNLV, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship Tuesday morning at Rich Harvest Farms Club in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Commodores came up with some huge putts down the stretch in their quarterfinal win Tuesday to advance to play Oregon this afternoon in the semifinals. Sophomore Patrick Martin, who battled UNLV's Taylor Montgomery in an All-Square match for most of the day, took the lead on 15, lost it on 16, but then regained it for good on 17, but not without a clutch performance by Martin to win it. Needing a birdie to halve the hole from off of the fringe, Martin drained a 20-foot putt to win his match against Montgomery.
After two wins by the Runnin' Rebels and a win by Matthias Schwab, the match came down to junior Theo Humphrey's match against Justin Kim. Humphrey had Kim dormied with three holes to play, but Kim extended the match on 16 and 17, and then Vanderbilt used a little luck to come away with the win on 18. Humphrey's tee shot on 18 was heading to the trees on the right, but his ball miraculously hit the middle of a tree and then bounced back into the middle of the fairway. Humphrey laid up to around 60 yards, and then hit his third shot to within two feet of the pin. Kim also laid up and hit his third shot inside of Humphreys, but the junior from Greenwich, Conn., stepped up and sent Vanderbilt to their first appearance in the Final Four with a birdie four on the last.
Vanderbilt advances to play Oregon at 2:20 p.m. CT. Live coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 3 p.m. CT.
Vanderbilt 3, UNLV 2
Patrick Martin defeated Harry Hall (UNLV), 1-up
Taylor Montgomery (UNLV) defeated John Augenstein, 3 & 1
John Oda (UNLV) defeated Will Gordon, 6 & 5
Theo Humphrey defeated Justin Kim (UNLV), 1-up
Matthias Schwab defeated Shintaro Ban (UNLV), 4 & 2