|Published:||Jun 02, 2012 7:54 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 03, 2012 6:31 AM EDT|
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alabama and Texas easily advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA golf championship, while Oregon and California went down to the last golfer Friday before advancing at Riviera.
Alabama beat Kent State, winning three of the five matches. Freshman Justin Thomas defeated Kevin Miller, 6 and 5, Cory Whitsett downed Kyle Kmiecik 5 and 4, and Scott Strohmeyer clinched it with a 2-and-1 win over Taylor Pendrith.
Texas beat Washington 5-0, with Jordan Spieth, Julio Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, Cody Gribble and Toni Hakula all winning.
None of the five Alabama or Texas matches reached the 18th hole.
"We had two guys play (Thomas and Whitsett) just fantastic golf and in our tournament schedule we probably would have had a low score today," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said.
California eliminated San Diego State when Joel Stalter made a 15-foot putt on the 17th hole to take the deciding match, 2 and 1 over Alex Kang.
Oregon ousted UCLA with the last group on the final hole. UCLA's Anton Arboleda missed an 8-foot birdie putt that would have extended the match.
"I'm ecstatic that we won," Oregon Coach Casey Martin said. "The guys have had a magical year and I'm grateful that I can coach one more day."
Texas will face Oregon and Alabama meets California in the semifinals Saturday.