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Mathews ties Wolfpack record in NCAA regional; heads to NCAA championships in California

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Nick Mathews of Mebane tied a North Carolina State men’s golf record by shooting 12-under par 198 for 54 holes in last week’s NCAA regional at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill while advancing to the NCAA championships.

It’s only the second time an N.C. State golfer shot under 200 for 54 holes. It matched Benjamin Shipp’s 2018 score as the best for a Wolfpack entrant in an NCAA regional.

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Mathews, an Eastern Alamance alum who was entered as an individual in the regional, posted scores of 67, 66, and 65. He had the best score among golfers whose teams didn’t advance to the NCAA championships, so he qualified to head to the NCAA championships.

Thirty teams and 10 individuals will begin stroke play Friday at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

The regional winner was host North Carolina’s Austin Greaser at 197. Baylor’s Johnny Keefer tied with Mathews for second place.

In the Chapel Hill Regional, Clemson was the team winner, followed by NCAA championship qualifiers East Tennessee State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor. Wake Forest, playing in the Austin Regional that had Texas as the host, also advanced.

 

NCAA women

Burlington’s Kayla Smith, a fifth-year senior for North Carolina, finished her collegiate career by tying for 28th place in the NCAA championships at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Smith, a Williams graduate, posted a final-round 2-over-par 74 on Monday. She had earlier rounds of 71, 72 and 77 in the 156-golfer field. The 6-over 294 total marked the fifth-fewest strokes by a Tar Heel in the program’s 17 NCAA championship appearances.

Her career stroke average of 73.11 in 112 collegiate rounds rates second all-time at North Carolina. Among the tournament highlights for Smith was a birdie on the final hole of the second round.

North Carolina tied for 26th out of 30 teams through three rounds, so the Tar Heels team didn’t advance to the fourth round of stroke play. On Monday, defending champion Wake Forest (ninth) and Duke (14th) also missed the top-eight cut for match play.


Photos courtesy of the Athletics Departments of N.C. State (Mathews) and University of North Carolina (Smith).

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