We rarely see an albatross on a golf course. It’s that rare double-eagle, which only happens when a golfer completes a par-5 hole in just two shots or aces a par-4.
At the NCAA Regional in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Diego State’s Gunn Yang holed out for an unlikely albatross Wednesday with a 7-iron to help the Aztecs at a critical time against Texas A&M. The two teams were tied and on the first playoff hole with a spot to the NCAA championships on the line.
But Yang’s double-eagle was not the only impressive shot of the day. Or even that one playoff hole.
SDSU teammate Ryann Ree of Redondo Beach sunk an eagle on the same exact hole to help cement SDSU’s victory over the Aggies and give the Aztecs a spot in the NCAA national championships next week in Eugene, Oregon.
The 1st hole served as the dramatic playoff setting and Yang and Ree made it look easy on a par-5 that covered 544 yards from the tee to the cup.
Ree (+6) and Yang (+7) individually finished in the top 10 with Jon Rahm of Arizona State shooting the best score over three rounds (212/-4).
SDSU will be among the 30 schools and 156 individuals competing for the NCAA title.
The field will compete over 72 holes in a four-day period in Oregon to determine the individual national champion.
After 54 holes, the top 15 teams along with the top 9 individuals not on one of those advancing teams will qualify for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play.