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As the tournament committee made its way down the steps at LSU’s University Club, Houston coach Gerrod Chadwell started to shake. Could it be that for a second year in a row, his team’s season would end with a parking lot conversation without hitting a golf shot?
“Look, this is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions and announcements that I’ve ever been a part of,” said NCAA Committee representative Brad Hurlbut, the Director of Athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson, outside the clubhouse at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional around 11:30 a.m. CDT.
“Even though the course is playable, it’s not playable at a championship level. Therefore, the top six teams that were seeded will advance, along with the top three individuals that were not on those six teams.”
At this point, in a video obtained by Golfweek, screams of “Are you serious?” and “You just said it’s playable,” rang out as the committee marched back up the stairs toward the clubhouse without another word.
Here’s the scene in Baton Rouge when officials canceled NCAA Regionals without one single shot being played over the course of three days.