May 16, 2018
BRYAN, Texas — Marquette sophomore Matt Murlick birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a final round 71 (1-under-par) and close the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Bryan Regional tied for 19th place with a 1-over-par 217 (74-72-71), while freshman teammate Hunter Eichhorn finished tied for 25th with a 3-over-par 219 (74-71-74).
Murlick’s final round helped him set Marquette’s new 54-hole NCAA regional scoring record, total and versus par, besting the previous mark set by Mike Van Sickle at 221 (5-over-par, Par 72) in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional. Murlick shot an 8-over-par 221 at the Sammamish Regional (Par 71) in 2017.
He finished fourth among individuals and tied for seventh among individuals from a non-advancing team. Murlick’s average score of 4.50 on Par 5 holes was tied for fifth best during the tournament, while he finished with 10 birdies and 32 pars.
Eichhorn’s NCAA debut saw him enter Wednesday’s final round in a tie for 19th - he birdied the Par 4 9th to make the turn at 1-under-par, but birdies on No. 15 and 16 were sandwiched by double bogeys on No. 14 and 17 on the way to a 2-over-par finale.
Murlick and Eichhorn finished as two of 10 players to make eagles during the tournament - both came in Tuesday’s second round.
Texas A&M (Bryan Regional champion), Clemson, Baylor, UCLA and Kentucky will advance to the NCAA Championships May 25-30, while defending NCAA individual champion Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss is the advancing individual with a 9-under-par 207. Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M was the individual medalist with an 11-under-par 205. Both Thornberry (5th) and Phillips (T-6) finished in the top 10 at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills in October.
Scores were slightly up for the final round to 73.75 on the Par 72, 7,121-yard layout at Traditions Club, which played at an average of 73.84 over 54 holes for the 75-man field.