Snyman's Final-Round Charge Comes Up Short
NT Sophomore Fires Career-Best 67 In NCAA Regional Final Round
AUSTIN – Despite tying his season and career-best score in the final round of the NCAA Regional tournament Wednesday, Mean Green sophomore Ian Snyman fell two strokes shy of qualifying for the NCAA finals with a final-round 67.
Snyman ended the 54-hole regional tournament tied for 15th place with a three-round score of 212 - just two shots behind Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest, who was the lone individual to advance to the NCAA finals with a 210. Five teams from the Austin regional advanced to the finals, and the person with the lowest score not on those five teams was the only individual player to advance.
"I was really proud of the way all three of these guys battled for the entire tournament," North Texas head coach Brad Stracke said. "Ian had an incredible final round and put himself in contention to advance, but came up just short. Over the course of three rounds and 212 strokes, it came down to just two shots and he was right there."
North Texas had three players playing as individuals in the regional. Sophomore Thomas Rosenmueller finished tied for 34th with a three-round score of 220, while senior Cory Churchman ended his Mean Green career tied for 54th with a score of 224.
Snyman improved five spots in the final round of the tournament, and his 4-under-par day was the third-best score in the field of 75 Wednesday. He played the back-nine to begin the day and was 3-under-par after those holes. He moved to 5-under-par with birdies on No. 4 and No. 5, but made a bogey on No. 7 to drop back to 4-under. His 67 tied his career low score and tied the low score for any North Texas player this season.
This was the sixth time in the last seven years that the Mean Green was represented in the NCAA tournament, and the 36th time in school history that the school has advanced players to postseason. It was the first time under Stracke that three individuals qualified for the NCAA Regional.
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