Smith Finishes Tied for 65th at NCAA Championship, Will Not Advance 4th Round

Zach Smith (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Zach Smith (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Zach Smith shot his second straight 2-over par 74 at the 2019 NCAA Golf Championship and sits at 10-over par and in an 11-way tie for 65th after three rounds at Blessings Golf Club.

Smith's finish means he does not advance to Monday's fourth and final round of the competition. To advance, he would have needed to finish in the top-nine from among the 75 players from the 15 schools that did not advance to Monday, plus the six individuals competing.

The Gaucho senior was at even-par after posting an eagle on his 16th hole, but he bogeyed his final two holes to finish with his 74.

"Zach gave it his all this tourney, as he's done for four years competing as a Gaucho," said head coach Steve Lass. "He came up a little short today, I'm proud of everything he has accomplished in college golf and proud to have been his coach. He will certainly be missed next year."

A Pleasanton, Calif., native, Smith had one of the finest seasons in UCSB golf history. He was the second player in school history to advance to the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament and the first ever to do so through a regional. He finished second at the Pullman Regional, easily the highest finish by a Gaucho ever.

On Saturday, Smith was named to the PING NCAA All-West Region Team.

Oklahoma State's Matthew Wolff leads the tournament at 7-under par. His OSU teammate, Austin Eckroat, who led after two rounds, is in second at 5-under. Georgia Southern's Steven Fisk is at 4-under, Chun An Yu of Arizona State is 3-under and a trio of players are at 2-under. 

Top-ranked Oklahoma State is blowing out the competition on the team side. The Cowboys are 12-under par after three rounds, 25 shots ahead of Texas and Stanford, 28 up on Oklahoma and 29 ahead of Wke Forest.