San Diego State's men's golf team secured sixth place in the NCAA West Lafayette Regional, finishing 8-over. Despite shooting an impressive 3-under-par final round, they came up 10 shots short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Tyler Kowack and junior Justin Hastings led the team with top-20 finishes, while the Aztecs moved up three places in their final day, surpassing several higher-ranked teams.

By the Numbers
  • SDSU finished 8-over for the tournament.
  • They were 10 shots behind New Mexico for the final NCAA Championship spot.
  • Team scores: 298-289-285—872 (+8).
  • Tyler Kowack: 214 (-2), tied for 14th.
  • Justin Hastings: 215 (-1), tied for 18th.
Yes, But

Despite their strong final round, SDSU faced stiff competition from higher-ranked teams like Vanderbilt and Purdue. Regional champion Vanderbilt's performance was particularly dominant at -24, underscoring the competitive field.

State of Play
  • SDSU moved up three positions on the final day, from ninth to sixth.
  • Sophomore Tyler Kowack and junior Justin Hastings led the team with top-20 finishes.
  • Vanderbilt and other top teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.
What's Next

SDSU will focus on preparation and recruitment for the next season, looking to build on their strong performance and push for NCAA Championship qualification next year. Key returning players like Kowack and Hastings will be critical to their future success.

Bottom Line

SDSU's sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional showcases the team's potential and competitive spirit, despite falling short of advancing to the NCAA Championships. Their strong final round offers a promising outlook for future tournaments.