Eugene, Ore. - Taking on a tough field at the Eugene Regional, junior Byron Meth finished in a tie for fifth overall, but fell just short of a spot in the 2014 NCAA Championships after completing the regionals at three-over. Meth ended play at the regionals one-stroke back of the top individuals as Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom and Chattanooga's Chris Robb ended the tournament at two-over. Robb won the bid to the NCAA Championships in a playoff over Lindstrom. The overall individual title went to Stanford's Patrick Rodgers who finished as the only golfer under par at six-under. Rodgers performance propelled the Cardinal to the regional title and a spot in the championships as a team.
For Meth, his top-five finish was bittersweet as the third-year golfer had a spot in the championships in hand, only to see it slip away on the 54th hole of action at the Eugene Country Club course. One shot up for the top individual spot, Meth came to the 9th tee needing just a par to secure his spot in the championship tournament. However, the berth was not to be for the Tiger ace as he found a pair of bunkers and just missed the putt that would have put him into the playoff with Lindstrom and Robb.
In the round, Meth had four birdies and three bogies, but the double on the 9th proved to be the difference on the day for the third-year Tiger.
While the college season came to an end for Meth, the junior will immediately move back into his summer tournament schedule as he plays for a spot in the US Open as well as many other tournaments. Meth qualified for the US Open sectionals last week with a 68 at the US Open Local Qualifying in Palm Desert. The sectionals begin on June 2 at sites across the country.