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Adam Wallin finishes inside top 10 at NCAA Championship

Spencer-Holbrookby:Spencer Holbrook05/29/24

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COLUMBUS — Just as the Buckeyes nearly won the mach-play national title, an Ohio State golfer was near — or at — the top of the leaderboard for nearly all of the four-day individual championship this past weekend.

Adam Wallin shot an opening round four-under-par 68, followed by a second-round 74 and a third-round 69 to take a 54-hole lead into the final day. He was two shots clear of second. But after a tough final day, Wallin finished tied for eighth at one under.

Shipley finished tied for 35th at +7, while Jackson Chandler finished tied for 42nd at +8. Moldovan finished tied for 59th at +12, while Tyler Sabo was 80th at +23 for the tournament.

Buckeyes results at match play NCAA Championship

Ohio State had already pulled off one massive upset victory in the NCAA men’s golf championship on Tuesday. The Buckeyes were oh-so-close to pulling off another at the Omni La Costa North Course in Carlsbad, California.

No. 7 seed Ohio State knocked off second-ranked and No. 2 seed Vanderbilt on Tuesday morning in the quarterfinals of the match-play team competition at the NCAA men’s golf championship, with Adam Wallin notably beating future PGA Tour member Gordon Sargent in an epic 19-hole match. Ohio State took Vanderbilt down with a 3-1-1 record.

The semifinal match Tuesday evening against sixth-seeded — but top-ranked — Auburn might have been even more dramatic. The Buckeyes nearly took down the top-ranked Tigers, with the fifth and deciding match going to 21 holes. Adam Wallin birdied back-to-back holes to rally from two down to force extra holes and extend the match, taking Fred Haskins Award winner Jackson Koivun to 21 holes before ultimately falling, giving Auburn a win and a matchup against Florida State on Wednesday afternoon.

Neal Shipley, now famous for his low-amateur finish at The Masters in April, drew a match against J.M. Butler, a rematch of the US Amateur semifinal match from last fall at Cherry Hills, the match that Shipley won to earn a trip to The Masters and the upcoming US Open at Pinehurst No. 2. But Butler avenged last season’s loss, beating Shipley 2&1.

Each of the other three matches in the match-play event were decided by just one hole. Tyler Sabo and Maxwell Moldovan won their matches, while Jackson Chandler lost his.

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