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Nevada golf falls short of reaching NCAA Championships; Brendan MacDougall cards top 10

Nevada's Brendan MacDougall finished ninth in the Albuquerque Regional. (Dom Shelden/Boise State Athletics)

The Nevada men's golf team's season ended Wednesday in Albuquerque.

After a strong first day at its NCAA Regional on Monday, the Wolf Pack struggled to post similar scores Tuesday and Wednesday and finished 11th in the 14-team field, which advanced its top-five teams to the national championships.

Nevada fired a final-round 291, shooting 3-over par. The Wolf Pack finished 4 over for the tournament, 16 strokes behind the cut line for teams to advance to the NCAA Championships. Nevada entered the final day of the 54-hole tournament needing to go low but stumbled out of the gates and was 6 over after the first four holes.

Brendan MacDougall shot a 3-under 69 to go under par for the third straight day. He finished at 7-under par, ninth in the 78-player field. He opened his round with a double bogey but quickly got those strokes back by birding the next two holes. MacDougall added four birdies and three bogeys on the back nine before capping his day with an eagle on the final hole. MacDougall's 18 birdies over three rounds were the most in the field.

Peyton Callens had the second-best round for Nevada, shooting even-par 72 with three birdies and three bogeys. Sam Harned and Trey Davis were both 3-over par Wednesday while Sam Meek shot 5-over par. Meek (plus 3 overall) finished tied for 39th in the field. Davis (plus 6) tied for 52nd, Harned (plus 7) tied for 55th and Callens (10 over) was 61st.

Texas Tech won the Regional with a three-day team score of 26 under, including 11 under Wednesday. Arizona State and Oregon State was tied for second at 16 under while Oklahoma, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, rallied to finish fourth after its 10-under round put it at 13 under for the tournament. San Diego earned the final spot in nationals at 12 under. Texas A&M was one shot back at 11 under. Defending national champ Stanford (8 under) also missed the cut.

Three teams from the Mountain West were in the field, including Nevada, New Mexico (8 under, tied for seventh) and Boise State (even, 10th). The Wolf Pack thrived on the par-5s, shooting a combined 34 under on those holes (second in the field), but it was plus 37 on par-4s (12th of 14 teams) and plus 16 on par-3s (tied for ninth of 14 teams).

South Carolina's Ryan Hall won the tournament at 11 under to qualify as an individual to the NCAA Championship.

Despite falling short of its goal to reaching the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006, Nevada reached an NCAA Regional for the third straight season. It's only the second time in program history the Wolf Pack has accomplished that, the first coming in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since Nevada moved to the MW in 2012, only two of its programs have reached the NCAA Tournament as a team, those being men's basketball and men's golf, which three appearances each.

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