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Stanford's Wilson Wins Individual NCAA Title; Four Teams Qualify for Semis
Stanford's Cameron Wilson birdied the third playoff hole to edge Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans and win the individual title in the NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Thanks to Wilson's efforts, the Cardinal helped lead Stanford to the overall team No. 1 ranking entering Tuesday's quarterfinals of match play.
After the Tuesday morning quarterfinals, four teams advanced to the semis: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State and Stanford. Semifinal match play began at 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday afternoon.
Because of inclement weather that delayed the first two rounds, the championship was shortened to 54 holes, with Round 4 (low 40 individuals and ties) cancelled. Memorial Day weather in Hutchinson was partly cloudy with a high of 78 degrees, and the round was played without disruption.
Stanford led team qualifying with a score of 13-under, with Alabama and LSU tied for second at 4-under. These three schools were the only teams to break par. A total of eight teams moved on to match play.
Stanford coach Conrad Ray wasn't surprised at Wilson's performance. "I think he was maybe the most overlooked player here," Conrad said. "He's had a great year. He's a ball-striker, and if you want to find a ball-striker's paradise, it's Prairie Dunes."
Wilson enjoyed his final round. "The sun was setting, the fescue looked green everywhere, there's (American) flags everywhere and Ollie is a friend," he said. "I was just thinking it was all really cool."
Wilson joined Tiger Woods (1996) and Frank Tatum (1942) as other Cardinal players to win the individual NCAA title.
Tuesday's match-play schedule is as follows:
Quarterfinal Match Play
7 a.m. CT
Match 1 - No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 7 SMU (off No. 1 tee)
Match 2 - No. 3 LSU vs. No. 6 UCLA (off No. 10 tee)
7:50 a.m. CT
Match 3 - No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Illinois (off No. 1 tee)
Match 4 - No. 4 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech (off No. 10 tee)
Semifinal Match Play
1 p.m. CT
Winner of match No. 1 vs. winner of match No. 2
1:45 p.m. CT
Winner of match No. 3 vs. winner of match No. 4
The two teams advancing from match play Tuesday will meet for the 2014 NCAA National Championship at 1:20 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 28.
For team and individual results, visit http://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d1/2014-di-mens-golf-team-leaderboard.
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