No. 27 Pepperdine (-5), No. 15 Oklahoma (-3) and No. 33 North Carolina (+3) also earned Championships berths by finishing among the top five teams.
That was enough to get them to the finals because the top five qualified. It is great that Charlie was able to play in two NCAA Tournaments; he won two times as an individual and was All-Big Ten.
IL head coach Mike Small said it was Hardy that got his team ready to go coming into Wednesday. "I think they've raised some eyebrows around the country, and I think they feel they belong where they are, which is a good feeling". I reminded the guys last night about that and we did that today.
College of Charleston, which started the day in sixth place, one spot out of qualifying for the National Championships, finished in eighth place in the NCAA's Austin Regional with a tournament team total of 875. Gagne added a 1-over 73 to his even-par 72 from the first round to position himself for a seventh top-10 finish for the 2016-17 season. He was under par for most of the day. McDaniel concludes his junior season with 17 par-or-better rounds.
Penn State performances: Miller and Davis combined for eight birdies on Wednesday, while Charles Huntzinger shot a respectable 73 and Alec Bard shot a 79.
UK's third player among the top-20 individual finishers was sophomore Lukas Euler.
The Bears' rounds of 265, 277 and 281 ranked first, third and tied for fifth, respectively, on Baylor's NCAA Tournament single-round scoring list. Back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 highlighted the senior's final round. Both San Diego State's J.J. Spaun (2012) and BYU's Oscar Alvarez (2005) shot 63 during regional action on The Farm.
With winds gusting to 10-15 mph for much of the day, the University Club struck back Tuesday as the average score rose by almost one full stroke per man from Monday's opener at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. "We now have a chance to play for a national championship". Knoll's final round was highlighted with two birdies and only one bogey. Johnson ended the tournament with seven birdies. And he made the most of it as his junior year came to a close.
Despite finishing even on the day, Collin Morikawa fell just short of advancing to Sugar Grove, finishing tied for 12th and just one stroke behind the individual qualifier from North Florida.
Redshirt sophomore Fred Allen Meyer - who missed the majority of his first two seasons with the Cats due to various injuries - appeared in every tournament this season. Meyer birdied on three straight holes on 15, 16 and 17 to conclude his tournament in quality fashion. The Vikings played the final round with just four players as Nick Infanti did not compete due to injury.
"Tomorrow is a big day, and our guys know that it is all about staying patient and executing properly", OU head coach Ryan Hybl said in an interview with Sooner athletic department student assistant Andie Beene after Tuesday's second round.