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Men's Golf

Bott wraps up record-setting season on Wednesday at NCAA Austin Regional

AUSTIN, Texas — UTSA senior Hunter Bott wrapped up a record-setting season with the best 54-hole total posted by a Roadrunner in the NCAA postseason, registering a 4-over-par 217 at the Austin Regional, which concluded on Wednesday at UT Golf Club (par 71/7,399 yards).

Entering the day with a share of 37th at 2-over-par 144 after firing a 4-under 67 on Tuesday, Bott carded a 73 that featured four birdies in the final round to jump into a three-way tie for 35th. His 217 clipped the previous school record for best 54-hole total in an NCAA event of 6-over 218 set by Chad Sewell in a 39th-place showing at the 2021 Kingston Springs Regional at the Golf Club of Tennessee.

Additionally, Bott’s 67 in the second round marked the lowest score registered by a Roadrunner in any NCAA postseason round, eclipsing by three strokes Christian Fanfelle’s 1-under 70 logged for the final 18 holes of the 2021 Kingston Springs Regional.

Bott also etched his name atop the school’s single-season scoring average list, as he ended the 2023-24 campaign with a 71.91 mark to eclipse the previous standard of 72.03 set by Zander Lozano in 2016-17. The Montgomery, Texas, native also closed out his UTSA career with a 73.49 scoring average, which ranks second in program annals behind Lozano (72.55).

Celebrating his birthday during Wednesday’s final round, Bott opened the morning with a birdie on the 370-yard, par-4 first hole. He added his second birdie of the day with a three on the 475-yard fourth hole in bouncing back from a double bogey on No. 3. After recording three consecutive pars, he closed the front nine with a pair of bogeys en route to a 2-over 37.

Bott got back to even for the day over the first five holes on the back nine. He logged a par on No. 10 before making a birdie on the 596-yard, par-5 11th. Following back-to-back pars over the next two holes, the two-time all-conference performer reached the 562-yard, par-5 14th in two and then two-putted for his fourth birdie of the day. He posted two pars and two bogeys over his final four holes as a Roadrunner to finish off an even-par 36 on the back.

Bott finished only two shots out of the top 25 golfers in the field of more than 70 golfers that was won by Texas’ Christiaan Maas with a 9-under 204 (71-67-66).

Texas captured the team title with a 27-under 825, followed by Tennessee (-11), Notre Dame (-6), Utah (-2) and a tie between Wake Forest and BYU at 2-over for the fifth and final NCAA Championships qualifying spot that was won by the Demon Deacons in a playoff.

UNC Greensboro’s Kelvin Hernandez earned the top individual qualifying berth to nationals by tying for third (-6).

In addition to the trio of aforementioned school records, Bott capped his UTSA career with 45 par-or-better scorecards, 19 sub-70 rounds and nine top-10 finishes. This season, he totaled four top 10s, nine top-25 finishes and nine sub-70 scores en route to setting the program’s single-season scoring record.