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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Texas A&M takes NCAA golf title

Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the NCAA men’s golf tournament. Burgoon helped A&M win the team championship Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.

Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the NCAA men’s golf tournament. Burgoon helped A&M win the team championship Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.

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— Texas A&M;’s Bronson Burgoon hit a gap wedge from the rough to within 3 inches of the 18th hole Saturday to win his match and clinch the first NCAA Division I men’s golf title for the Aggies.

Burgoon, a senior and the team’s No. 1 player, had lost the previous four holes to Arkansas’ Andrew Landry before hitting from the deep rough far to the right of the 18th fairway.

Landry conceded the tap-in for birdie, then missed a 35-footer that would have sent the match to extra holes. A&M; won, 3-and-2.

John Hurley and Andrea Pavan won their matches for the Aggies, who never were better than fourth at the national tournament.

Jamie Marshall and Jason Cuthbertson won matches for the Razorbacks, who also were chasing their first title.

With the match all square heading to the 18th, Landry drove into the middle of the fairway. Burgoon, as he did most of the back nine, drove far to the right into deep rough just above three deep pot bunkers on a hill bordering the edge of the fairway.

Landry spun a wedge just onto the green, the ball coming to rest on the first cut.

Burgoon walked up to take a look at the pin placement with his coach, J.T. Higgins, and sized up the shot. He muscled the gap wedge to the right-middle of the green, and the ball slowly rolled left toward the hole. As it rolled ever closer, a crescendo of cheers rose from the crowd.

His teammates jumped for joy and shouted as Landry conceded the birdie putt. Landry measured his lengthy birdie putt with his coach before rolling it left of the hole.

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