May 16, 2018
NORMAN, Okla. - North Texas' Ian Snyman wrapped up his collegiate career on Wednesday with a 1-under 71 in the third and final round of the NCAA Norman Regional to finish the tournament at even-par and tied for 21st with four other golfers.
The 71 matched Snyman's first-round score as he finished the tournament with a 71-74-71 to tie for the top individual at the tournament. Snyman finished behind eight other individuals not on a top-five team in the race to qualify as the lone individual for the NCAA finals. The invididual qualifier was Pepperdine's Joshua McCarthy, who finished 6-under par.
Snyman, a junior, only received three years of eligibility from the NCAA due to his international student status and the fact he waited a semester too long to enroll in college.
"The final event representing the Mean Green and traveling with coach Stracke has come to an end," said Snyman, who plans to turn professional immediately but finish earning his degree. "My mind hasn't processed this yet. We grinded until the end but due to a cold putter, I couldn't get in the red numbers. We knew I had to go low in the final round, but, unfortunately, it was not meant to be."
Snyman finishes his career at UNT as one of the most decorated golfers in recent program history after he was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Year - the second player in program history to receive such an award - and first-team all-conference. He was also a first-team selection last year and was the C-USA Freshman of the Year and a second-team selection in 2016.
Snyman, who is ranked No. 64 in the GolfStat national poll, had four birdies Wednesday, but just had too many close calls on the greens not go his way.
"Ian struck the ball great again and played well, he just didn't get enough putts to fall this week," UNT coach Brad Stracke said. "It's sad to see Ian leave because he was such a leader, great player and, most importantly, an unbelievable person.
"Ian had a major impact on our program over the past three years and will have an impact for years to come," Stracke added.
Final results from the tournament can be found here.