BYU wins the John Burns Intercollegiate in record-setting fashion
AmateurGolf.com by Jim Young
Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett, the U.S. amateur champion, shared the medalist honors with Cal Sampson Zeng. Behind four players who finished in the top 10, the Cougars posted a new team score of 54-under 810 to win the team title by 18 strokes over second-ranked Arizona, while Texas A&M paced the Aggies with a final round of 21-under 832. The third place.
The Cougars posted the lowest single-round score in school history at 22-under in the final round to claim their fourth John Burns team title and separate themselves from three top-25 teams for the first time since 2007.
“They started the tournament making birdies and they just kept going,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “The guys hit the driver really well all week, hit some really good iron shots, hit the lights out and it’s fun to watch these guys make putts.”
Fifth-year senior Carson Lundell (-17; t-3), Hawaii native Keanu Akina (-14; 5th), David Timmons (-10; t-10th) and Tyson Shelley (-10; t-10th) did the same. Heavy lifting for BYU, rolling in 81 birdies and eight eagles on the week.
Bennett, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and 2022 Golfer of the Year, shot a 61 with 11 birdies and no bogeys in his final match against Zeng, who racked up three birdies and an eagle over the final six holes to seal the winner’s circle. Share the person’s topic.
A day after Long Beach State’s Ian Gilligan carded the Ocean Course at Hoku’ala with a one-under 61, Bennett, a native of Madisonville, Texas, birdied seven of the first eight holes to match a flawless round. After finishing 30, Bennett picked up four more birdies on his back nine, including the 11th of the day on 18 to seal his fifth collegiate victory.
Zeng made three birdies and an eagle in a final-round 65 to match Bennett at 18-under for the first win of his college career, looking out before heating up the final six holes.
It’s the second year in a row that a Cal player has earned medalist honors at the John Burns Intercollegiate Championships, following Aaron Du’s victory a year ago.
Gilligan, who opened with a 61 on Wednesday, finished one at 17 under par.
Leave a Reply