Cowboys finish second in Fighting Illini Invitational

Zach Bauchou

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team carded a 281 during its third round at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday to move into second place at Olympia Fields Country Club.

The Cowboys’ 1-over score was their low tally of the event and moved them past Texas A&M into the runner-up position. OSU finished at 18-over 858, while the Aggies finished third at 864. Illinois closed with a 291 en route to its 845 winning total.

The Aggies did produce the tournament’s individual medalist in Cameron Champ, who finished with a 69 to come in with a 5-under 205 total.

OSU’s Zach Bauchou vaulted 14 spots into a tie for fourth place at even-par 210 after firing a 66 during his third round. The sophomore opened with a birdie and quickly moved to 4-under par for the day with consecutive birdies at Nos. 4, 5 and 6. Following his lone bogey on the outward nine at the seventh, Bauchou turned at 3-under 35. He moved back to 4-under with a birdie at the 12th before carding his final bogey of the day at the 13th. He notched his sixth birdie of the round at the 16th en route to earning his first top five of the season.

Sam Stevens joined Bauchou in the top 10, closing with a 70 to finish a stroke back at 211 and tied for seventh place. For the junior, the finish marked his second consecutive top 10 to start the season after tying for fifth place at the season-opening Carmel Cup.

Sophomore Hayden Wood turned in his low round of the event, signing for a 70 as well to tie for 22nd place at 218.

Senior Zachary Olsen’s round of 75 tied him for 45th place at 224, while sophomore Nick Heinen posted an 80 to tie for 58th place at 228.

OSU will resume its fall slate on Oct. 10 when its takes part in the Paintbrush Invitational in Denver.

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