WVU Golf Comes Up Two Shots Short In NCAA Regional

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    WVU Golf Comes Up Two Shots Short In NCAA Regional West Virginia’s golf team came oh so close of advancing to the NCAA Championships. Competing in the
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    #90858

    Still a good year for this team.  Mostly underclassmen and should be better next year.

    #90859

    Yes, tough finish but great showing.

    Final three holes was actually +3 for WV and -5 for North Florida.

    Seems crazy and catastrophic, but having been through that scenario, it’s just what happens.

    Bottom line is there can be little doubt that we have the right guy running the program.

    Well done Coach Covich and crew… on to bigger and better things next season.

    #90873

    Great year for a team that didn’t exist just a handful of years ago.

    Next step is to get the funding to build the practice facility – that will help a great deal in recruiting and practice.

    #90878

    I don’t think it was the final three hole stretch that did WVU in, though playing very well on the final day put them in position for that.

    The damage was done on Day 2 when they slipped from 5th to 8th.

    Its a testament to how the game of golf goes. You could come out and feel like utter garbage and play like Tiger in his prime. And you can come out feeling rested, ready, practiced and spot on and spend more time in the trees than in the fairway.

    Its a tremendous accomplishment for a team in its infancy to even qualify for the NCAA tournament, much less come within two shots of advancing out of the regional.

    Results like this will make it just a bit less difficult to raise the funding for better facilities.

    #90881

    Deuce, Fair point but in any golf event your goal is to get into a position to give yourself a chance down the stretch. WVU, even with a poor day 2 (also in the closing holes), did that and then faltered a bit as North Florida sprinted to the finish.

    Forget the final three holes, just look at the 18th hole… we gave up 4 shots on that hole alone.

    So they came to the closing hole 2 shots to the good and played it 3 over while UNF played it 1 under.

    It’s certainly a tough pill to swallow and I know all too well.

    Back in the day at GSC I was in the last group and came to the last hole 3 shots clear (something I didn’t know as we didn’t have live scoring and our coach was at the green with the rest of the team). Well, 20 minutes and a very ugly double-bogey later made worse by the opponent’s birdie on the hole I had not only lost the individual title (and automatic qualification into the national championships) but we dropped into a tie as a team and lost on the awful tie-breaker which was the 5th man scores. Rather than on to the national championships as we had expected we were done, game over… that was how my college career ended.

    Those kids will replay those holes in their head a million times. Heck, Nearly 30 years later I can visualize each painful shot on that final hole, down to the missed 3 foot putt and the subsequent apologies to my coach and teammates.

    Chin up fellas… it’s just a blip on the radar. Onward and upward,

     

     

    #90904

    Ouch. Painful story mex, and thanks for sharing. I think those sorts of personal experiences allow us to be more sympathetic when things go south for our players.

    #90915

    Yep, you feel a close loss for years – especially if in losing you contributed to the loss.

    Anyway, this has been very close to a 4 year miracle.  That’s right, we’re finishing year 4 after starting from scratch basically 3 strokes out of the national championship rounds.  Kind of staggering, actually.  Sure as hell hope the funding materializes for the new facility.

    #90918

    Mexman,

     

    Former GSC golfer from 30 years ago, I’m sure we know each other, trying to figure out how to PM you. I didn’t play or even attend GSC but know the coach very well

    #90919

    Its a fair point Mex.

    But if you take a look at the days in particular, the BEST score on Day 2 by WVU’s guys was a 72. The WORST score on the final day was a 73 and all four of the other guys shot 71 or better.

    WVU shot -1 on the final day as a group, and +10 for the tournament.

    I stand by my feeling that the tournament was lost before Day 3.

    It was only the fact that these guys played pretty darned strong on Day 3 to even get in the position to advance. And then they failed to finish.

    But, again, these guys doing this at this point in WVU’s program is phenomenal. I guarantee you they are all disappointed. They’ll be picking apart decisions and shots from this for months.

    But that’s golf baby. The most fun and infuriating thing you can ever volunteer to put yourself through.

    #90930

    Georgia, shoot me an email at gtmex@outlook.com

    I certainly wasn’t Coach Carney’s favorite back in the day but he did like to win.

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