WVU Golf Splits at Big 12 Match Play

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    After falling to No. 6 Texas Tech in the morning round, the No. 25 West Virginia University golf team bounced back with a win over TCU on Saturday afternoon at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament in Houston, Texas.

    Junior Mark Goetz won his match against the Red Raiders while junior Logan Perkins tied his as WVU fell 4-1-1. Junior Matthew Sharpstene and freshman Nico Lang each claimed a win in the afternoon as the Mountaineers downed TCU 2-1-3.

    “I’m proud of the guys today,” coach Sean Covich said. “We had a great match with TCU and came out on top. We need to keep it rolling into tomorrow’s final two matches.”

    Starting on No. 2 against Tech’s Markus Braadlie, Goetz won the first hole and never looked back. He won three straight holes at the turn to make it a four-point lead before claiming a six-point lead with five holes remaining to win the match.

    Lang claimed the first hole against TTU’s Kyle Hogan, but Hogan tied things up on No. 2 before taking a one-point lead on No. 5. Lang found himself down by three on No. 13 and thought he was able to claim No. 16 and 17 to cut his deficit down to one, he couldn’t complete the comeback and finished one down.

    After trailing through 17 holes, Perkins came won the last hole to tie his match against Ludvig Aberg.

    Senior Philipp Matlari fell to Sandy Scott by five with four holes remaining, while classmate Etienne Papineau dropped his match to Andy Lopez by four with three holes remaining. Sharpstene fell to Jamie Stewart by three with two holes to go.

    In the afternoon match, Sharpstene started on No. 5 and took a one-point lead on No. 8, but Aymeric Laussot tied the match on No. 11. Sharpstene regained the lead on No. 14 and pushed it to four to claim the match by four with three holes remaining.

    Lang claimed a one-point lead with two holes remaining to finish one up on Justin Gums.

    Goetz tied Trevor Brown and Matlari tied Gustav Frimodt, while Perkins fell to Mateo Fernandez de Oliveria by four with two holes remaining.

    Papineau trailed Thomas Alkins by one with one hole remaining, then sunk a putt to win the hole and tied the match to give WVU the 3-1-2 win.

    The Mountaineers will take on Iowa State on Sunday in a 9 a.m. ET start. Their afternoon opponent will be determined after the completion of the morning round.

    No. 6 Texas Tech def. No. 25 West Virginia, 4-1-1

    Kyle Hogan (TTU) def. Nico Lang (WVU), 1UP

    Sandy Scott (TTU) def. Philipp Matlari (WVU), 5&4

    Mark Goetz (WVU) def. Markus Braadlie (TTU), 6&5

    Andy Lopez (TTU) def. Etienne Papineau (WVU), 4&3

    Jamie Stewart (TTU) def. Matthew Sharpstene (WVU), 3&2

    Logan Perkins (WVU) tied Ludvig Aberg (TTU)


    No. 25 West Virginia def. TCU, 2-3-1

    Mateo Fernandez de Oliveria def. Logan Perkins (WVU)

    Matthew Sharpstene (WVU) def. Aymeric Laussot (TCU), 4&3

    Etienne Papineau (WVU) tied Thomas Alkins (TCU)

    Mark Goetz (WVU) tied Trevor Brown (TCU)

    Nico Lang (WVU) def. Justin Gums (TCU), 1UP

    Philipp Matlari (WVU) tied Gustav Frimodt (TCU)

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