Beau Hossler tried to raise his arms in triumph after his par putt fell Tuesday to give Texas, No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings, a 4-1 victory over No. 3 Southern California and a berth in the NCAA men’s Division I Championship match-play final, but he couldn’t.
The junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., a member of the 2015 U.S. Walker Cup team, injured his shoulder so badly he couldn’t swing the club on the final hole of his match with USC’s Andrew Levitt, a senior from Ladera Ranch, Calif., over the 7,014-yard, par-70 Eugene Country Club layout in Eugene, Ore.
Hossler managed to get his second shot into a greenside bunker with a swing that left him writhing in pain and the match behind him was allowed to play through while Hossler figured out if he could finish the hole. He putted out of the bunker rather than risk a full bunker shot and the ball skittered into the far fringe from where he holed the par putt that sent Texas to the final.
The Longhorns also got wins from Scottie Scheffler, a sophomore from Dallas, Doug Ghim, a sophomore from Arlington Heights, Ill., and Taylor Funk, a redshirt sophomore from Ponte Vedra, Fla.
The Hossler injury overshadowed, somewhat, the 3-2 victory for host Oregon, ranked 20th, over No. 4 Illinois in the other semifinal. Sulman Raza, a redshirt junior from Eugene, Ore. rammed home a five-foot par putt to finish off a 1-up victory over Illinois’ Charlie Danielson, a senior from Osceola, Wis., to clinch the win for the Ducks.
The Ducks also got victories from Edwin Yi, a freshman from Beaumont, Calif. and Zach Foushee, a senior from West Linn, Ore.
Oregon is on a roll heading into the final and the injury to Hossler doesn’t make things any easier for Texas.
Earlier in the day, the Longhorns got victories from Hossler, Ghim, Funk and Gavin Hall, a junior from Pittsford, N.Y., to defeat No. 18 Oklahoma, 4-1.
Southern Cal advanced to its meeting with the Longhorns by claiming a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Vanderbilt. The winners for the Trojans were Sean Crocker, a sophomore from Westlake Valley, Calif., Rico Hoey, a junior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. who was the runnerup in the individual chase, and Justin Suh, a freshman from San Jose, Calif.
Oregon ended the reign of defending champion LSU, ranked 12th, in the quarterfinals with a 3-1-1 decision. The Ducks got wins from Foushee, Raza and Aaron Wise, a sophomore from Elsinore, Calif. who claimed the individual national championship a day earlier.
Big Ten champion Illinois reached the semifinals with a 4-1 win over No. 19 South Carolina. The Fighting Illini got victories from Danielson, Thomas Detry, a senior from Belgium, Edoardo Lipparelli, a freshman from Italy, and Nick Hardy, a sophomore from Northbrook, Ill.