The Brigham Young University men's golf team failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament after a disappointing 16th-place finish after the final round of the western regional championships Saturday.
Following two rounds of play the Cougars were within striking distance to qualify for the national championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., but faded on the final nine holes of the 54 hole tournament."We played a good front nine, but it all fell apart on the back," said coach Bruce Brockbank. "It was just real frustrating for us."
BYU finished the front nine with a strong four-over-par team score, but shot 14-over-par on the deciding final nine holes. The Cougars finished with an aggregate score of 302 for the final round and 898 for the three day tournament.
Entering regional play the Cougars were optimistic about their chances, but finished with disappointment.
"My expectations were very high for this years team, but it just did not happen," said Brockbank. "It's been a difficult year for us."
Todd Pence turned in the strongest performance for the Cougars finishing with a three-over-par 74 and 221 total. Pence finished the tournament tied for 27th. Lonnie Damon finished tied for 43rd after shooting 78 on the final round and 224 for the tournament.
Other BYU golfers included Michael Henderson who shot 75 (224). David Summerhays shot 75 (230). Joe Summerhays finished with an 80 (239).
Stanford, led by All-American Tiger Woods finished first. Woods shot a four-under-par 67 on the final round and finished with a aggregate score of 205, six strokes better than second place finisher Mike Pavao of Hawaii.
Arizona State had a very strong final round to finish second.
The Sun Devils shot tournament best 280 to move from fifth to second. UNLV finished third, followed by Pepperdine in fourth.
Chris Myrick of Weber State shot a 76 on the final round and finished with an aggregate score of 231.