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NCAA Golf Championship Third Round Story

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---It took until the last ounce of light was available, but the final round of stroke play ended Thursday evening, however it didn’t quite end.  Illinois junior Scott Langley won medalist honors and seven teams know they’ll play match play on Friday. 


For three teams, it will be a restless night as a playoff for the eighth and final qualification spot will tee off at 8 a.m., Friday morning.  No. 2 Stanford, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 25 San Diego will vie for the final berth beginning on holes 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18.  Should it go to another hole, No. 10 will be added to the rotation until it’s complete.


The three teams will assemble on the five playoff holes with their No. 5s on 11, fours on 15, threes on 16, twos on 17 and ones on 18.  The teams play one hole and the top four scores from that hole are counted.  If a winner is not determined, the teams move on dropping whichever team does not keep pace with its counterparts.


Langley had a long but productive day.  He played the final hole of his suspended second round in the morning putting the finishing touches on a four-under par 68.  He followed with another 68 in the morning wave to end up at 10-under par, 206. 


His 206 was two shots clear of second round leader Alex Ching (208) of San Diego and Peter Uihlein (208) of Oklahoma State.  Langley had to sweat out a long, hot afternoon but his score held true.


Diego Velasquez’s 66 (-6) tied the competitive course record to finish fourth at 209 (-7).  Henrik Norlander (Augusta State) ended up fifth after a 73 (+1) gave him a six-under par 210.  Oregon’s Jake Dukeminier matched Velasquez for the low round of the day with a 66 of his own.


Oklahoma State (850, -14) claimed the No. 1 seed for match play by four shots over Florida State (854, -10).  OSU’s 283 made up the five-shot deficit it had to open the round behind the Seminoles who shot 292 on the afternoon.


Georgia Tech is third at 858 (-6) followed by Washington (860, -4), Oregon (861, -3), Augusta State (863, -1) and Texas Tech (867, +3).  Texas Tech made a huge charge in the morning wave to claim the seventh position.


Beginning its round tied for 19th, the Red Raiders had a spectacular 280 (-8) and its three-over par total of 867 held up over the course of the day.  TTU was paced by Chris Ward and Matt Smith’s twin 67s.


OSU will face the winner of the playoff for match play which will begin after the playoff, but not before 9 a.m.  Pac 10 rivals Washington and Oregon square off in match two followed by FSU-Texas Tech and Georgia Tech and Augusta State closing the day in match four.


Tickets are only available at the course and are $15 at the entrance next to spectator parking.

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