Individual medalist Rhett Rasmussen leads BYU golf to regional runner-up, national berth

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PULLMAN, Wash. — Rhett Rasmussen was on fire Monday and Tuesday for the BYU men’s golf team.

The Corner Canyon product carded back-to-back scores of 7-under-par 63 to take top individual honors, and the Cougars finished second in the Pullman regional Wednesday to qualify for the upcoming NCAA national meet.

"The team came to play when we needed a great final round," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. "I am so excited for these guys to have another shot at the NCAA finals."

Teeing off on No. 10, Rasmussen surged to the finish line with four birdies on the final five holes of the front nine to reach the turn at 4-under 31 on the final day of the regional meet. Add to it birdies on Nos. 15, 17 and 18, and the 6-foot-1 native of Draper topped the leaderboard by two strokes over UC Santa Barbara’s Zach Smith.

The 32nd-ranked Cougars added top-25 performances from Carson Lundell (T17) and Peter Kuest (T24), to finish with a three-day team total of 809 — just two shots off regional champion Texas A&M. No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 8 Georgia Tech and No. 17 South Carolina rounded out the top five in advancing to nationals.

The Cougars will play in the NCAA national tournament May 24-29 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Stanford regional

Utah’s Kyler Dunkle — who competed as an individual in the NCAA’s Stanford regional — shot 2-under 68 to finish with a score of a 6-under 204 Wednesday afternoon.

As the No. 2 golfer in the regional not from an automatic qualifying team, Dunkle qualified for a spot in the NCAA tournament. He’s the first Ute to make the national field since 2006.

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