WATCH NCAA Men's Golf Championship 2019 LiveStreaminged Online FREE TV 2019 NCAA DI men's golf championships: Stanford beats Texas to win national championship Stanford won the 2019 DI Men’s Golf Championship on Wednesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, riding its talented veterans to the ninth national title in program history.
Isaiah Salinda and Brandon Wu, both senior All-Americans, were unbeaten in three matches at Blessings Golf Club to lift sixth-seeded Stanford over No. 5 Texas 3-2 in the finals.
“Endurance is a big part of it. It’s hard to stay focused that whole time, especially on this course,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. “It’s demanding with the turnaround, and we were down early. Our guys hung in there and pushed above Texas.” Henry Shimp, a junior, clinched the trophy for Stanford, which arrived in Arkansas as the nation’s hottest team. With two points already on the board, Shimp hit a clutch 9-iron approach shot within three feet of the cup at 16 and made birdie to take a 2-up lead against Spencer Soosman. On 17, he two-putted for par from 20 feet to win the match, setting off a celebration with his teammates on the par-3 green.
Stanford fell behind early in the championship match but seized control as the matches reached the turn and kept the pressure on the Longhorns by hitting fairways, greens and key putts.
Famous Stanford golf alums Tiger Woods and Tom Watson congratulated the team on social media.
“Isaiah (Salinda) and Brandon’s (Wu) leadership is huge,” Ray said. “They were rock solid all year, so we leaned on them a lot. They left a strong legacy of leadership. I’m happy they could end their career like this because they are a huge part of our success.”
A trio of talented freshmen steered Texas to the title match but couldn’t lead the program to its fourth national title and first since 2012. Cole Hammer, named the Phil Mickelson Award winner earlier in the day, struggled with his swing on the back nine against Salinda, who was flawless in a 4&3 victory.
Texas, in match play for the sixth time in the last eight years, also finished national runner-up in 2016. They reached the title match this week by stunning top-seeded defending champion Oklahoma State in the semifinals. Stanford needed a late rally and a clutch putt by freshman Daulet Tuleubayev to upset Vanderbilt, the No. 2 seed.
Oklahoma State sophomore Matthew Wolff, the nation’s top-ranked player, won the individual championship Monday, shooting 10-under 278 for a five-shot victory.
Stanford 3, Texas 2
Henry Shimp (Stanford) def. Spencer Soosman, 2&1
Isaiah Salinda (Stanford) def. Cole Hammer, 4&3
Brandon Wu (Stanford) def. Pierceson Coody, 4&3
Parker Coody (Texas) def. Daulet Tuleubayev, 6&5
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The Cardinal won three of the first four matches Wednesday morning to defeat the Texas Longhorns 3-2 and win the program's ninth national championship in men's golf.