Fittingly, the 2017 NCAA men's individual title was captured by a five-time winner this season who had the season's lowest scoring average.
Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek.com on Braden Thornberry, whose unorthodox move scared off a lot of coaches but who used it to edge Arkansas freshman Mason Overstreet for the victory.
Alabama coach Jay Seawell was recruiting at the Future Masters in Dothan, Ala., when someone suggested he go watch this kid from Mississippi. Seawell took a look at 11-year-old Braden Thornberry, noted the uniqueness of his golf swing and thought “that probably won’t last.”
“Boy were a lot of people wrong,” said Seawell. “He’s the real deal.”
The winning putt:
The low eight teams from the team stroke play/individual national championship advance to match-play competition starting Tuesday, and as Kevin Casey writes for Golfweek.com, it was a grind for nearly all due to wind, pressure and a tough golf course.
The final eight, with a full roundup from Golfweek's Lance Ringer (including predictions and matchups):
Vanderbilt vs. UNLV
Oklahoma vs. Baylor
Illinois vs. Southern California
Oklahoma State vs. Oregon
Golf Channel / NCAA Tuesday airtimes:
Quarterfinals – Team Match Play 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET
Semifinals – Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. ET