Georgia Tech advances to NCAA golf finals after tying for regional title

Georgia Tech golfer Ross Steelman shot a 4-under 67 in the second round of the NCAA regional in Columbus, Ohio, May 17, 2022. (Ricky Bassman/Georgia Tech Athletics)

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Georgia Tech golfer Ross Steelman shot a 4-under 67 in the second round of the NCAA regional in Columbus, Ohio, May 17, 2022. (Ricky Bassman/Georgia Tech Athletics)

For the 31st time in team history, the Georgia Tech golf team advanced to the NCAA finals. The Yellow Jackets tied for first with Oklahoma State on Wednesday in the 13-team Columbus (Ohio) regional, earning their spot in the 30-team finals in Scottsdale, Ariz., that begins May 27. Tech needed to finish in the top five to advance.

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Beginning the third and final round tied for the lead with the Cowboys at 7 under par, the Jackets and Oklahoma State both finished the third round in 3 under to reach 10 under, 14 shots clear of third-place Ohio State. Tech and Oklahoma State were declared co-champions, making it the fifth tournament victory of the 2021-22 season for the Jackets. Tech will be in the finals for the third consecutive season and the 19th time in the past 24 years.

Ross Steelman was the low scorer for Tech, finishing at 3-under 68 for the round and 6-under 207 for the tournament, good for second place individually. Steelman and teammate Benjamin Reuter provided final-hole dramatics to create the tie with Oklahoma State. With Tech trailing the Cowboys by two shots, both Steelman and Reuter birdied the 18th hole while their Oklahoma State partners both parred the 417-yard par-4, with Steelman rolling in a putt from 20 feet for birdie.