SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Pepperdine capped an impressive run at Grayhawk Golf Club with a series of clutch shots down the stretch Wednesday, clinching the national championhip in a a 3-2 win over Oklahoma on Clay Feagler’s two-putt from 35 feet on the Raptor Course’s difficult 18th hole.
Pepperdine took an early lead on a sizzling day in the desert, allowed Oklahoma to rally, then closed with a flourish for its second national championship.
Oklahoma’s Jonathan Brightwell won the opening match 1 up over Dylan Menante, but Pepperdine won the next two, setting up Feagler to close out the championship.
Leading 1 up, Feagler had to back off when someone popped open a drink before his approach shot on 18, but gathered himself and hit a 7-iron from 195 yards to the front of the green. He cozied the putt close enough that Oklahoma freshman Ben Lorenz conceded the match — and the title.
“To have a 35-footer and to two-putt that is nuts,” Feagler said. “I don’t really know how to feel right now.”
As the Waves raced onto the green to celebrate with Feagler, Joey Vrzich sprinted up the No. 18 fairway carrying his bag to join them. Logan McAllister, who had his second ace in three days to take an early lead, won the final match 1 up over Vrzich, but it didn’t matter.
Pepperdine had its first national title since 1997.
Brightwell earned the first point of the title match, using consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to take a 1-up lead. He closed it out by getting up and down from short of No. 18.
One match for the Sooners, but the Waves led the other four.
Joe Highsmith started strong and never stopped against Garett Reband, closing out the 4-and-3 win with a par on No. 15.
Pepperdine’s William Mouw wanted to face Quade Cummins, a member of OU’s 2017 national championship team, in the anchor match and made the most of it.
Mouw made a 4-foot birdie putt to go 2 up on the par-5 11th and stretched the lead with consecutive wins on Nos. 13-14. He clinched Pepperdine’s second point 4 and 3 when Cummins just missed a birdie putt on No. 15.