BYU men’s golf finishes eighth-place in NCAA Pullman Regional

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BYU finished in eighth place out of 14 teams on Saturday in the NCAA men’s Golf Championships Pullman Regional.

The Cougars finished the third round of the tournament with a 286 (-2) team score and 54-hole total 859 (-5) at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Washington. They were only three strokes short of advancing to the finals, but Ball State, San Diego State and Pacific got ahead of them.

No. 1 seed California won the overall Pullman Regional on Saturday, shooting an 821 (-43) team score.

“The goal was to come up here and advance to the Championship and we fell short unfortunately,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said in a news release. “The whole week was a little bit like the way it ended up. We played good enough today. We just couldn’t keep the birdies. We made 19 birdies and an eagle today and ended up shooting two-under-par.”

Sophomore Devon Purser led the Cougars in the final round, shooting a three-under 69. He finished the tournament at two-under-par.

BYU’s Zac Blair and Jordan Hammer also had consistent days out on the course, finishing at four-under-par and two-over-par, respectively.

None of the BYU men’s golfers qualified to compete in the finals as individuals, but they will use this experience as they go into the 2013-14 season. This tournament concludes the Cougar’s season for the year.

The 2013 NCAA Golf Championship will continue on May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga.

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