NORMAN, Okla. – University of Iowa junior Mac McClear moved up five additional spots on the leaderboard on Wednesday in the third and final round at NCAA Regionals. McClear finished 14th in the field of golfers at Jimmie Austin Golf Club, which also included Iowa teammate Ronan Kleu.
McClear posted a two-under par round of 70 in the third round, matching his second-round score from Tuesday. The Hinsdale, Illinois, native drained five birdies in the third round, including three on his final four holes of play.
McClear wraps up play as the second-highest finisher among the 10 individuals competing at the event. He finished four strokes back of South Carolina’s Evans Lewis, who clinched the only individual bid to the NCAA Championships as the low scorer not on a qualifying team.
Kleu improved three spots on the leaderboard in the final round, shooting 74 (+2) on Wednesday and 226 (+10) through 54-holes.
No. 1 Oklahoma claimed the top team finish at the regional with a 12-under par performance in the final round. The Sooners finished 838 (-26) on the week and will be joined by No. 28 Auburn, No. 25 Ole Miss, No. 7 Texas, and No. 50 Utah at the NCAA Championships.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“Mac had a very strong performance. He didn’t have his best ball striking week yet managed to get himself in contention. He is learning how to adapt and become a complete player. Ronan bounced back after a tough start Monday. His game was a little off this week, however he gained valuable experience.”