PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – A first-ever NCAA team championship for Carnegie Mellon University, Friday afternoon the Tartans won the NCAA Division III men’s golf title in Kentucky.
Tying a school record with his collegiate-best round of seven-under 65, which included an eagle on 18, Junior Brian Xu propelled CMU to one-under par finish (the only team to finish under par). Carnegie Mellon trailed by four shots heading into the final round, but shot a final round team total of nine-under par beating third-round leader Piedmont University by six strokes.
"I couldn't be more excited for Coach Rodgers and our amazing student-athletes,” said Carnegie Mellon Director of Athletics Josh Centor in a statement released by the school. “I am so proud of their accomplishment, but more importantly, the way they represent Carnegie Mellon University. We have been dreaming of this moment for a long time, and we cannot wait to celebrate the first national championship in our history!"
“Today's victory is a testament to the tenacity, hard work, and resilience of these young men,” said Carnegie Mellon Head Coach Dan Rodgers. “Their final round performance, finishing nine-under, shows not only their skill but their ability to rally under pressure. This championship isn't just our first; it's a landmark achievement that reflects the growth and potential of Carnegie Mellon's golf program. I couldn't be prouder of this team. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the administration of Carnegie Mellon, our dedicated alumni, and all who have supported us along this journey. Your belief in us has truly made this milestone possible."
Xu and freshman David Zhang each finished the tournament tied for ninth individually at one-under par. Sophomore Justin Chan was a shot back and tied for 14th at even par. Graduate student Henry Scavone tied for 17th at one over.