BYU men’s golf finishes second at regional, clinches NCAA Championships berth

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Patrick Fishburn watches his shot during the Pacific Invitational. Fishburn’s 10-under-par helped lead BYU to a second place regional finish and a berth in the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma later this month. (BYU Photo)

The BYU men’s golf team shot back-to-back 278’s (10-under-par) in the second and final rounds of the NCAA Norman Regional to finish 13-under-par and advance to the NCAA Championships later this month.

The second place regional finish guaranteed the Cougars a team spot in the finals, which will be held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma, from May 25-30.

Patrick Fishburn carded a 206 (10-under-par) in the regional, finishing in second place as an individual. Fishburn was just one stroke behind North Florida’s Travis Trace for the top individual spot.

BYU finished the first round tied for ninth with Pepperdine after shooting a 7-over-par.

Despite a lightning delay, the Cougars improved their standing in the second round as Fishburn led BYU with a 6-under-par to guide the team to fourth place entering the final round.

In the final round, the Cougars matched their second round performance with another 10-under-par card.

Peter Kuest led BYU with a 6-under-par individual round and finished 6-under-par for the regional, which put him in a tie for fifth place individually.

“The team was so impressive the last two days,” said BYU coach Bruce Brockbank. “It was a total team effort. It was so awesome to have all five guys competing in the final stretch of the tournament. Kuest was absolutely fantastic today and Fishburn really stepped up.”

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