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NORMAN, Okla.—The week that was for Chattanooga Mocs sophomore Paul Conroy included pride and disappointment in a bittersweet experience. He finished the NCAA Norman Regionals with a 3-day total of 223.7 left.
It ended Wednesday with a 1-over 73. It was a week with both great and missed opportunities. But the good overshadows the bad as the experience prepares him for what is to come.
“It was a great experience playing with all these teams and players in such a big event,” Conroy began. “I really enjoyed the week…well, there were a couple of double bogeys in there I didn’t enjoy. But I enjoyed being here and competing. It was a fun time.”
He had an interested bystander learning a lot about him in a short period of time. Women’s Head Coach Colette Murray managed the trip for him as the coaching search comes to a close. She spoke glowingly of the person and player and especially his future.
“He has so much potential,” Murray explained. “Knowing he has people who believe in him is going to go a long way for him in his progress at Chattanooga. I couldn’t find a better human being to spend five days together in such a circumstance. It’s nice getting to know him beyond just the player.
“He’s the core of this team, and who they’re going to build around. You know there’s nothing but good things coming for this program.”
He started with back-to-back pars before a birdie on three. But he wasn’t able to build on the start with bogeys on four and five before a tough one on nine. He fell to 3 over with a bogey on 11, but the sheet was clean from there on out.
It was an immediate switch with birdie at the tricky par 3 12th. It was one of just 10 on the hole all day. Conroy doubled down on that after pars at 13 and 14 followed by a near hole-in-one on the 260-yard 15th. That ended in one of only five birdies there.
He parred out from there including a frustrating lip out on 18. All-in-all, it was a fantastic experience for a player who will be on a lot of big stages in his career.
no. 1 Oklahoma shot 12 under for the final day to run out to a 10-stroke win over No. 18 Auburn. no. 25 Ole Miss, No. 7 Texas and No. 50 Utah rounded out the top 5 qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.
South Carolina’s Evan Lewis is the individual moving forward to the finals shooting 6-under 210 and tying fir fifth. Jackson Suber from Ole Miss was medalist at 11 under.
NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament
Norman Regionals: May 16-18 (Mon-Wed) | Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course | Norman, Okla.
T47) Paul Conroy: 74-76-73=223 (+7)
Jimmie Austin OU GC | Norman, Okla. † Par 72 | 7.452 yds
13 teams + 10 individuals including Conroy
54 Holes – 18 a day. Top 5 teams and 1 individual on non-advancing squads move on to NCAA Championships May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The individual champion is crowned on May 30 (72 holes).
- Norman, Okla. – Jimmie Austin OU GC
- Bryan, Texas – Traditions GC
- Columbus, Ohio – Scarlet Course
- New Haven, Conn. – Yale GC
- Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – PGA National
- Stockton, Calif. – The Reserve at Spanos Park
Championships (May 27-June 1): Scottsdale, Arizona – Grayhawk Golf Club
Best Team Finish: 1st, 2012 Bowling Green Regional (294-281-284=859, -5)
Team Records: 18: 293, 2010 | 36: 594, 2010 | 54: 910, 2010
Best Individual Finish: 1st, Stephan Jaeger, 2012 Bowling Green
ind. records: 18:64, Steven Fox, 2012 BG | 36: 137, Stephan Jaeger, 2012 BG | 54: 203, Stephan Jaeger, 2012 BG
1992 East: Neil Connolly, T60,77-73-79=229 (+13)
1993 East: Neil Connolly, T5, 70-74-69=213 (-3)
1993 Finals: Neil Connolly, MC, 80-71=151
2007 East: 19, 299-306-305=910 | T50, Jonathan Hodge, 71-78-75=224 (+8)
2008 East: 12, 282-281-290=853 | T23, Jonathan Hodge: 70-71-69=210 (-3)
2009 South Central: 3, 298-300-309=907 | T13, Ben Rickett/Stephan Jaeger, 226 (+10)
2009 Finals: 18, 292-297-299=888 | T60, Fredrik Qvicker/Jaeger, 222 (+9)
2010 Southwest: 12, 304-299-309=912 | T21, Steven Fox, 75-72-76=223 (+7)
2011 Colorado: 9, 291-288-284=863 | T16, Stephan Jaeger, 73-71-71=215 (-1)
2012 Bowling Green: 1, 294-281-284=859 | 1, Stephan Jaeger, 70-67-66=203 (-13)
2012 Finals: 18, 299-295-290=884 |T45, Stephan Jaeger, 76-73-70=219 (+6)
2013 Columbus: 9, 304-294-291=889 | T22, Steven Fax, 73-77-71=221 (+6)
2014 Eugene: 6, 295-292-298=885 | T4, Chris Robb, 67-72-73=212 (+2)
2014 Finals: Chris Robb, 15, 69-75-64=208
2016 Tuscaloosa: T25, 73-73-74=220
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