SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After a wild two rounds of match play on Tuesday, the stage is set for a national champion to be crowned.
Pepperdine defeated Oklahoma State, 3-0-2, to advance to the match-play final for the first time in program history at the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. The Waves will square off Wednesday afternoon against Oklahoma, who defeated host Arizona State, 3-2, at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Clay Feagler, who aced the par-3 8th hole, put the first point on the board for Pepperdine with a 2-and-1 win over Austin Eckroat, and shortly after teammate Dylan Menante beat Brian Stark, 3 and 2. Joe Highsmith sealed the deal with a clutch shot from a fairway bunker on the 18th hole to beat Aman Gupta, 1 up.
The Sooners led for most of the afternoon, but it was Chun An Yu who earned the first point for Arizona State, defeating Garett Reband with ease, 5 and 4. Ryggs Johnston, who’s been strong for the Sun Devils all week, earned a second point, 3 and 2, against Ben Lorenz. Logan McAllister earned his second victory of the day to get Oklahoma on the board, taking down Mason Andersen, 4 and 3. Jonathan Brightwell then squared the match, also with his second win of the day, 1 up over a charging David Puig. Sixth-year senior Quade Cummins delivered the clinching point for the Sooners, beating Cameron Sisk, 2 and 1.
The final match will begin at 4:35 p.m ET, with Golf Channel airing live coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET.