No. 25 WVU Falls to No. 10 Texas
HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 11, 2019) – In spite of a hole in one by junior Logan Perkins, the No. 25 West Virginia University golf team fell to No. 10 Texas, 4-1-1, as part of the Big 12 Match Play Tournament in Houston, Texas, on Friday.
The Mountaineers led the Longhorns for most of the match but dropped a heartbreaker in the end. Perkins notched an ace on hole No. 9 and led the Longhorns’ Chris Bring before falling in the final hole.
“We played the national runner up very tight, either winning or taking the match all the way to the final hole,” coach Sean Covich said. “It’s never a good feeling losing but certainly proud of our guys and I think we will be a better team for having fought Texas this close.”
Senior Etienne Papineau overcame an early deficit to defeat UT’s Pierceson Coody, winning six holes and claiming a three-point lead with one hole remaining. Junior Mark Goetz had a one-point lead with two holes to go, but the Longhorns’ Parker Coody claimed Hole No. 5 as the two finished in a tie.
Starting on No. 6, junior Matthew Sharpstene won hole No. 3 for a one-point lead but dropped the final two holes against Texas’ Travis Vick to fall by one.
Senior Philipp Matlari fell to the Longhorns’ Mason Nome by five with four holes remaining, while freshman Nico Lang dropped an early lead and fell by one to UT’s Spencer Soosman.
West Virginia will face No. 6 Texas Tech in the third round of Big 12 Match Play on Saturday. The two will tee off at 9 a.m. ET.
No. 10 Texas def. No. 25 West Virginia, 4-1-1
Mason Nome (UT) def. Philipp Matlari (WVU), 5&4
Spencer Soosman (UT) def. Nico Lang (WVU), 1UP
Christoffer Bring (UT) def. Logan Perkins (WVU), 1UP
Travis Vick (UT) def. Matthew Sharpstene (WVU), 1UP
Mark Goetz (WVU) tied Parker Coody (UT)
Etienne Papineau (WVU) def. Pierceson Coody (UT), 3&1
via WVU Sports