No. 15 Men’s Golf concludes opening round at NCAA Championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The No. 15 Texas Men’s Golf team posted a 15-over-par 295 on Friday afternoon to rest in 27th place in the team standings following the opening round of the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. Freshman Christiaan Maas paced the Longhorns with a 2-over-par 72 and is tied for 47th in the individual standings.

Georgia Tech holds the team lead after the first 18 holes at even-par 280, followed by Pepperdine and Arkansas tied for second at 1-over-par 281. Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman owns the 18-hole individual lead at 6-under-par 64. The trio of Cole Sherwood (Vanderbilt), Matthew Watkins (New Mexico) and Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira (Arkansas) are tied for second at 4-under-par 66.

The 2023 NCAA Championships continue with stroke play for all 30 teams on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. In Saturday’s second round, the Longhorns will be paired again with Mississippi State and Oregon, and tee times will begin at 9:27 a.m. CT (7:27 a.m. PT) from hole 10.

The field will be cut to the top 15 teams following Sunday’s third round. The fourth and final round of stroke play is set for Monday, May 29, and the individual NCAA champion will be crowned following the completion of 72 holes of stroke play.

The top eight teams following Monday’s final round of stroke play will advance to the NCAA Match Play Championships. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on Tuesday, May 30, while the NCAA Championship match is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31.

The Lineup

  • Freshman Christiaan Maas carded a 2-over-par 72 and is tied for 47th place in the individual standings. Maas birdied two of his opening four holes and was at 2-under through 13 holes.
  • Graduate Brian Stark fired a 4-over-par 74 and is tied for 87th. Stark was 6-over through 11 holes before recording back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14 and closing out his round with four-straight pars to finish at 4-over.
  • Senior Mason Nome registered a 4-over-par 74 and is tied for 87th place. He tallied three birdies on Friday afternoon.
  • Freshman Keaton Vo recorded a 5-over-par 75 and is tied for 104th place. Vo was 1-over through 10 holes during his round on Friday.
  • Freshman Tommy Morrison posted an 8-over-par 78 and is tied for 143rd.