Ponte Vedra Beach native, Taylor Funk played in the final group in the final match of the 2016 Men’s Golf NCAA National Championship for the Texas Longhorns. He fell just short of his playing competitor, Sulman Raza, from Oregon, resulting in an overall victory of the Oregon Ducks on Wednesday.
The teams were so evenly matched that it came down to the final grouping and their match continued into three extra holes. The son of PGA Tour winner Fred Funk, Taylor was able to fight for 21 holes on Wednesday and keep the Longhorns alive. A victory in the match would have propelled Texas to its fourth Men’s National Championship in golf but instead, it left them with their fifth runner-up finish.
“I loved every minute of it,” Funk told Golf Channel/NBC. “That’s what you live for. We didn’t come out on top this time, but there’s going to be many more opportunities and I’m looking forward to those.”
A red-shirt sophomore, Funk should have many more chances in his collegiate career to play in golf tournaments, helping propel the Texas Longhorns to more wins. This was the Oregon Ducks first National title in Men’s Golf.
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