Sam Bennett, a Junior at Texas A&M University, stepped over a crowded leaderboard in the final round, carding 5 birdies in his last 10 holes to win Medalist honors. Bennett’s 54-hole score of minus-5 beat out a group of highly ranked amateurs, including University of Oklahoma’s Garett Reband (-4), and Florida State University teammates John Pak and Vincent Normann (-3).
Among the field were 7 of the Top-10 ranked in the PGA TOUR University rankings, including the Top-3: 1) John Pak of Florida State,, 2) Chun An Yu of Arizona State, and 3) Austin Eckroat of Oklahoma State. Throughout the final 18 holes of competition, the Top spots on the leaderboard were held by student-athletes from Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, UTSA, Texas Tech, Houston, and Texas A&M. Aggie Sam Bennett remained focused to win.
"Thanks to the Cabo Collegiate for hosting us this week and Valero & the Valero Texas Open for all they did to make this a special week for, not only me, but the other teams here." Sam Bennett, Texas A&M
Sam Bennett’s Individual victory at TPC San Antonio Oaks course, home of the Valero Texas Open, earned him a special exemption to play in the 2021 PGA Tour tournament, March 29 – April 4.
For all collegiate players, a chance to compete on the PGA TOUR is the ultimate dream. This honor added to our already prestigious event.
“Having this year’s winner of the Cabo Collegiate participate in the Valero Texas Open adds another wonderful element to this year’s tournament, We wish Sam the best of luck. We are excited to be able to provide him with this opportunity and support the collegiate game, which is very important to the growth of golf and the future of the PGA TOUR,""
Larson Segerdahl, Exective Director, Valero Texas Open
The University of Oklahoma came out strong in the first round of the 2021 tournament, finishing day one as the only team under-par. Their race to claim the victory was decided on the 54th hole, when Garett Reband sunk a 5-foot putt to secure the wire-to-wire win, finishing one stroke better than runner-up Florida State University.
OU was helped to victory by a talented roster, including two Sooners who finished in the Top-5, Reband and Jonathan Brightwell.
"Huge win for our team today, just a big-time three days for our guys and our program. We were able to use a really strong opening day to build the lead and then held off an excellent field over the final two rounds."
Ryan Hybl, OU Head Coach
""The challenges of the past year kept many college programs out of competition. Our Board is extremely grateful to TPC San Antonio, Valero, and the Valero Texas Open for their generosity in creating a host-site for our 16 teams to showcase their talent. To add a coveted Valero Texas Open PGA TOUR special exemption opportunity for our Medalist is a true testament to the importance of college golf. Thank you.
B.A. Kline, Tournament Director
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Arizona State, led by a trio of 3-under-68s from David Puig, Cameron Sisk, and Ryggs Johnston passed in-state rival and 36-hole leader Arizona in blustery wind to take an 8-stroke victory at 20-under-par 832. Their third-round total of 274 was 10-under-par. This was a sweet victory for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
“The last two years, we had a chance to win and Oklahoma State beat us both times,” said Arizona State coach Matt Thurmond. “We are so excited to finally hold the trophy.”
The ASU counting scores by Johnston, a freshman from Libby, Mont.; Puig, a freshman from Spain; Sisk, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2019 were completed by a 1-under 70 from junior Mason Andersen, of Chandler, Arizona.
“That round today was beyond what I could have expected,” Thurmond said. The Sun Devils, who were in third place through 36 holes, made an early move as Puig logged four birdies in his first six holes and Sisk was 3-under through two holes with a birdie-eagle start.
“It was huge for our team to have a couple of hot starts,” Sisk said. “It put us in a good position for the rest of the round. I didn’t really know where we were, but I knew it was a big boost for our team and me individually.”
Arizona State and 2nd place finisher Texas A&M were the only teams to break par in the windiest conditions of the three-day event.
Taking Top 5 finish honors were 3rd Vanderbilt (-10), 4th Arizona (15) and 5th Baylor (-3) .
Rounding out the Top 10 were
6th Stanford (+1)
T7 Florida State & Alabama (+3)
9th Oklahoma State (+4)
10th Arkansas (+9)
Also in the field were California (+19); Houston (+24); Ole Miss (+24); Rice (+25) and LSU (+39)
Runner-up Texas A&M climbed six places on the strength of medalist Walker Lee’s 7-under 64 and Dan Erickson’s 69. The Aggies posted a Round 3 278 (6-under) and a 54-hole total of 840. But the buzz of the day was all about Walker Lee.
Lee, a junior from Houston, fired a bogey-free round that included a birdie-eagle finish on his last two holes for a 54-hole total of 205. Lee, who played in the 2017 U.S. Open, made five birdies and the eagle in Round 3.
“The strength of my game today was how smart I was,” Lee said. “There were a bunch of pins out there today that you couldn’t shoot at -- just play to the middle of the green and take your 20-footer and make your par and got to the next hole. Along with that, my irons were good today.”
Challenging Lee on the way to his first Medalist victory of the 2019-2020 season were Barclay Brown of Stanford and Johnny Keefer of Baylor (T2), each carding a minus-7. Top 5 finish honors were shared by a trio who finished at T4, each scoring minus-5: Julian Perico of Arkansas, Cooper Dossey of Baylor, and Jamie Li of Florida State. Rounding out the Top 10 were four players from the Championship team, Arizona State : Mason Andersen (T7, -4) and David Puig, Cameron Sisk & Blake Wagoner, each T10 at at 3-under. Also claiming Top 10 finishes were Canon Claycomb of Alabama (-4, T7), Trevor Werbylo of Arizona (-4, T7) and Harrison Ott of Vanderbilt (-3, T10).
To hear from Arizona State Head Coach Matthew Thurmond and Medalist Walker Lee, please visit our link “NEWS” and watch the post-round interviews
All photographs: @dinogomezphoto ; interviews by Pete Kowalski, Kowalski Sports & PR
NCAA Champions & #1 ranked OSU men’s golf won the 2019 Cabo Collegiate, shooting a historical low score of 32-under (277,269,274 / 820) during the three-day, 54-hole stroke play tournament. OSU shattered their own former record of 29-under during their first win at Querencia Golf Club in 2017. This third consecutive victory in the Cabo Collegiate is a first for any team since our event began in 2010.
OSU was lead by Austin Eckroat, who carded a 3rd round 67 to complete the tournament with a score of 14-under (199), finishing two shots clear of fellow sophomore teammate, Matthew Wolff. Eckroat began his route to earning Medalist honors during the second round when he fired a 63 to move to the top of the leaderboard to start the final round. Wolff shot a bogey-free final round, which included five birdies and an eagle on Querencia Golf Club’s 15th hole, to offer an exciting chase between these two roommates and friends. Fellow Cowboy Hayden Wood finished 5-under, 6th place in the field. Senior Zach Bauchou finished inside the Top 20 at 15th.
Arizona State University took 2nd place in Cabo, shooting a 24-under 828 (269, 287, 272) over the three days. Junior Chun An Yu finished 3rd in the field at 11-under 202 (66,71,65) three shots behind winner Austin Eckroat of OSU. Yu kept the excitement going in the final round, where the chase for Medalist honors between Eckroat, Wolff and Yu proved why the Cabo Collegiate is one of college golf’s elite tournaments. Four Sun Devils finished in the Top 10: T3 Chun An Yu, T7 Alex del Rey, T10 Blake Wagoner, T10 Mason Andersen.
Baylor University finished 3rd place with a 9-under score overall (278, 277, 288 / 843). The Bears were led by junior Colin Kober, who posted his career-best 5th place finish at Querencia.
Rounding out the Top 10 were (4th) Vanderbilt University, (5th) University of Arizona, (6th) LSU / Louisiana State Univeristy, (7th) University of Mississippi /Ole Miss, (8th) Florida State University, (9th) University of Houston, and (10th) University of Arkansas. Also competing were Rice University, Texas A&M and the University of Alabama.
Oklahoma State University sophomore Austin Eckroat won the 2019 Cabo Collegiate at Querencia shooting a 14-under 199. Eckroat shot to the top of the leaderboard in Round 2 after shooting the tournament’s single round low score of 63. He followed up during the final round with a 67, where he carded 5 birdies on the back nine, and claimed the trophy ahead of fellow Cowboy Matthew Wolff who finished 2nd at 12-under 201.
Eckroat continued the streak of the OSU golf team taking the Individual win in each of the 7 tournaments played to-date during the 2018-19 season. This was Eckroat’s second career collegiate win, but first this season, joining Wolff and Viktor Hovland in the record books as third best total wins on the program’s single-season list – and it is only early March. (Fellow OSU teammate & reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Viktor Hovland was not in the Cabo field due to playing in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational)
Chun An Yu of Arizona State University finished 3rd at 11-under, Trevor Werbylo of Arizona finished 4th at 8-under and Baylor’s Colin Kober finished 5th at 6-under. Rounding out the Top 10 were: 5th Hayden Wood of OSU (-5); T7 Alex del Rey of ASU, John Pak of FSU, and Luis Gagne of LSU (-4); T10 Blake Wagoner of ASU, Beau Briggs of Ole Miss, and Mason Andersen of ASU (-3). Please visit golfstat.com for all results of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
The Oklahoma State University Cowboys fired a 4-under 280 in the third round of the 2018 Cabo Collegiate, to retain their status as “reigning Champs”. Matthew Wolff led the third day for OSU, firing a 4-under 67, which included a bogey-free back nine. Wolff also led the Cowboys and the field during Round 1 with a 6-under 65. OSU’s 54-hole total of 14-under (838 / 276,282,280) ensured the 8-shot victory over the University of California.
The 13th-ranked Cal Bears began the final round only one shot behind OSU, and battled them shot-for-shot through the first nine holes, ending the tournament with a team total 6-under (846 / 281,278,287). Junior Collin Morikawa led the Bears, earning Medalist honors in the elite field.
"We had a great event in one of the best fields in all of college golf" Cal Head Coach Walter Chun
The 17th ranked University of Texas Longhorns finished 6-over par as a team (858 / 286,285,287), placing 3rd in the stacked field. Senior Doug Ghim led the Longhorns each round, shooting at-or under-par all three days, to finish 6th in the field.
The Arizona State Sun Devils finished 4th at +7 (859 / 285,279, 295), followed by Duke University at 8-over par, 860 (289,288,283). Rounding out the Top 10 were T6 University of Arkansas (862 / 296,282,284); T6 University of South Florida (862 / 293, 291, 278); 8th Vanderbilt University (865 / 296, 286, 283); 9th Florida State University (869 / 287, 285, 297); and 10th Baylor University (871 / 299, 281, 291). Rounding out the field were Stanford University, University of Mississippi, Rice University, University of Houston, and Wake Forest University.
Collin Morikawa took control of the golf course and the record books, winning Medalist honors with a 3-day score of 16-under. His total 197 over three days broke the previous Cabo Collegiate Individual 54-hole low score of 9-under. Morikawa also broke Cal’s 54-hole program record after shooting 66, 67, 64 in rounds 1,2, and 3, respectively.
"It feels awesome", said Morikawa after the victory. "This is one of the strongest tournaments of the year and to play well all week made this trip very special."
Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State was 3 strokes back, at 13-under (200 / 65,68,67). Three student-athletes shot 4-under (209) to tie for 3rd place: Alvaro Ortiz of Arkansas (72,69,68), Viktor Hovland of OSU (68,69,72), and Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt (68,68,73).
Other top finishers were Doug Ghim of Texas (210); Mason Andersen of Arizona State (211); Jon Pak of Florida State (211); Jamie Li of Florida State (212); Patrick Martin of Vanderbilt and Garrett May of Baylor rounded out the Top 10 with a 54-hole score of 213 each.
The Oklahoma State University Cowboys won the three-day 54-hole QCC Championship with a total team score of 823, shooting 29-under. The Pokes were led by Zach Bauchou (68,71,66) and Kristoffer Ventura (69,67,69) who both finished T2 (205) at -8. This was the third victory for the Cowboys, and it was a special one competing against one of the toughest fields in all of college golf. The OSU Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns, both new to the QCC in 2017, each shot a team score of 273 to open the tournament in R1. On day two, OSU fired a 279, one stroke better than Vanderbilt for the day, and never looked back. Three Cowboys finished inside the Top 10 individually.
"We'd heard good things about the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and it certainly didn't disappoint. From hospitality, to field, to venue, everything was top notch. We were fortunate to come out on top. We can't thank everyone at Querencia enough for including us in this year's field. We look forward to returning for years to come." Alan Bratton, Head Coach, Oklahoma State University
The Baylor University Bears finished 2nd in Cabo, making this the third time in the past 4 years they have placed inside the Top 3 in Mexico. Leading the Bears was Garrett May, who shot a 5-under 66 in Round 3 to finish T2 Individually.
Wake Forest University (T3) and University of Washington (T3) each shot 845 over three days to share 3rd place honors in the stacked field.
The University of Texas rounded out the Top 5 in their first appearance in Cabo.
Vanderbilt University, University of South Florida, Duke University, University of Arkansas and Florida State University rounded out the Top 10, 6th - 10th place.
Also competing were (in order of finish) University of Houston, University of Mississippi, defending Champs University of Georgia, University of California, and Rice University.
Corey Periera of the University of Washington was named the 2017 Medalist after a par on hole #18 put him one stroke below 4 student-athletes, finishing the tournament with a -9, 204 (70, 67, 67). This was Periera's fourth collegiate win, and first honor in Cabo. His former teammate, C.T. Pan, won Medalist honors in 2015. The Huskies and the Razorbacks are the only two teams in QCC history to have two program medalists in Cabo.
Four fellow competitors were chasing Periera in the final round, and share runner-up status: Bachou (68,71,66) & Ventura (69,67,69) of OK State, May (67,72,66) of Baylor, and Cristian DiMarco (67,70,68) of the University of South Florida. This was the first appearance at Querencia Golf Club for Bachou, Ventura, and May.
Rounding out the Top 10 in order of finish were Hayden Wood of OK State, Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest, Collin Morikawa of Cal, Chandler Eaton of Duke, and Matthew Perrine of Baylor.
The University of Georgia Bulldogs took top honors in a tough field, scoring 18-under over three rounds (834). This impressive victory was virtually assured after a QCC tournament record-setting single round of 16-under on day two, during which Georgia Senior Sepp Straka led the day for the Bulldogs with a score of 65. Four Bulldogs shot 68 or better during the second round. After winning the QCC, Georgia immediately moved all the way up to #2 in the Golfstat NCAA team rankings.
“We got better as a team in this tournament and the confidence of a win will only help us moving forward”
The University of South Florida (USF) Bulls captured 2nd place with a three-day total score of 8-under (844). The Bulls were in contention each round, finishing 1st after R1 and 2nd after R2. USF Senior Aksel Olsen of Norway earned Medalist honors by topping the leaderboard at 9-under (68, 67, 69).
Baylor University finished 3rd at 5-under (847). The Baylor Bears led the tournament with 58 birdies across the three rounds. Braden Bailey fired the R3 low score with a 66.
The highly ranked field finished as follows:
Also in the field were
Houston (+28), Oregon State (+28), Wake Forest (+33), and Rice (+42).
Taylor Moore of the University of Arkansas, Lee McCoy of the University of Georgia, and Collin Morikawa of the University of California shared Second Place Individual honors, each posting a tournament score of 8-under 205. Moore of Arkansas carded two eagles during the three rounds of competition, while 11 additional student-athletes recorded one eagle on their scorecard during the tournament. Nathan Jeansonne of LSU aced hole #14 in Round 3.
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The 5th annual Querencia Cabo Collegiate (QCC) has concluded and we have a new champion – Congratulations to #2 ranked Florida State University, who shot an impressive 7 under in the final round to take the title at thirteen under for the three day event. Rowin Caron and Hank Lebioda posted 67's in the third round, and both finished the tournament in the top five. The Seminoles were one of just four teams to finish the tournament under par, and the only squad to have two players with top five finishes.
"Today's team round is one of the better rounds we have played this year. This was a hard course with a great field"
Vanderbilt University fired an impressive eleven under on the final day to take 2nd place.
The University of South Florida earned 3rd place honors with a four under.
The University of Washington (-2) and Stanford University (+2) rounded out the Top Five.
Cheng-Tsung Pan of the University of Washington, the #1 ranked collegiate player, took Medalist honors with a nine under 204. Pan fired a 2-under 69 in the final round to finish as the only player in the field with three rounds in the 60's. The QCC victory marked Pan's 6th win as a Husky.
"It's amazing to watch his level of excellence day in and day out. He's so steady and so consistent and has had a huge impact on our program"
- Washington Head Coach Matt Thurmond
Pan finished one stroke clear of Rowin Caron of Florida State, who placed 2nd at eight under for the tournament.
Kyle Jones of Baylor University shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to take 3rd place.
The impressive and highly ranked field finished as follows:
T7. Baylor (+14)
T7. LSU (+14)
Arkansas (+17) and Kentucky (+17) rounded out the Top Ten.
Also in the field were Wake Forest University, Ole Miss, Rice University and Lamar University.
The 11th ranked University of Houston Cougars swept both the team and Individual titles at Querencia in the 4th annual QCC. Roman Robledo (Junior) finished 4-under-par, after leading every round.
Robledo's score of 209 was one stroke better than 2nd place Individual Kyle Jones of Baylor University, and two strokes in front of Alabama's Robby Shelton who was ranked #4. This trio was the only group to finish par or better.
Houston posted a team score of 863 to finish one stroke ahead of #1 ranked and defending national champion Alabama (864). Baylor University finished 3rd with a score of 870.
"This has been a great week for us. Our guys played hard on a very demanding course. Anytime you are in competition with the No. 1 team in the country, you better play at your best, and our guys did just that"
- Houston Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke
The top-50 ranked teams finishing behind Houston, Alabama, and Baylor were #32 Kentucky (870), #16 Vanderbilt (875), #29 SMU (875), #17 Arkansas (882), #31 LSU (883).
Chattanooga, Mississippi, Lamar, Coastal Carolina, Arlington, and Abilene Christian rounded out the field.
The University of Arkansas & Santa Clara University served as co-hosts for the first annual tournament, welcoming a field of 12 teams, which included the University of Houston, Southern Methodist University, Lamar University, UT-Arlington and Oregon State University. The Arkansas Razorbacks took the Championship with a score of 854 over three days (297-280-277). 2nd place was awarded to Houston, with a three day total of 876 (293-292-291). Oregon State placed 3rd with 877 (297-296-284). Arkansas was also victorious in Individual honors led by Jamie Marshall who shot a 211 (74-69-68). Fellow Razorback Austin Cook (72-72-68) tied for 2nd with two other competitors who each shot 212: Kelly Kraft of SMU (72-65-75) and Jerry He of UC-Irvine (73-71-68).
The 2nd annual QCC was held in October, 2011. Due to course conditions, tournament play was held at the Campestre Golf Club, and hosted by the University of Arkansas and Santa Clara University. The Razorbacks retained their Championship title, with a three day score of 831 (-21). Southeastern Louisiana placed 2nd with a score of 857 (+5), followed by Saint Mary's (CA), finishing 3rd with a score of 859 (+7). Arkansas Razorback Sebastian Cappelen was the Individual Champion with an eight-under-par 205 (68-68-69). Fellow Razorback Austin Cook was awarded 2nd place with a six-under-par 207 (71,69,67). 3rd place honors went to Danny Keddie of Tennessee after a four-under-par 209 (71,70,68).
In October 2012, the Santa Clara Broncos hosted a field of 12 teams at Querencia, including Ole Miss, Florida State, Kentucky, Abilene Christian and St. Mary's. The Ole Miss Rebels won after a rain out on day 2, a result of tropical storms from Hurricane Paul. The Ole Miss Rebels led after Day 1 with an eight-over-par score of 296. 2nd place was awarded to the Kentucky Wildcats who shot an 11-over-par 299, followed by the University of South Florida in 3rd, after posting a 12-over-par 300. The Wildcat's Will Bishop took Individual honors as the only player able to break par in the opening round (70). Loyola Marymount's Tyler Toran, USF's Richard James and Ablilene Christian's Alex Carpenter tied for 2nd place, each with an even-par 72. (2nd R. James; 3rd Toran)
For the 2013-14 event, Querencia elected to move the Cabo Collegiate to the college Spring season (March 2-4, 2014). Southern Methodist University (SMU) hosted a field of 14 teams, including several of the top ranked programs in the US. 2014 QCC participants: University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Coastal Carolina University, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, Lamar University, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Texas-Arlington, and Vanderbilt University.