Cowboys finish two shots back at Valspar Collegiate, Jelley wins Broncho Invite

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Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team posted a closing 279 during the third round of the Valspar Collegiate on Tuesday to finish alone in third place at The Floridian Golf Club.

The third-ranked Cowboys’ 5-under round, its lowest of the event, gave them a 9-over total of 861, which was just two shots out of the top spot in the team race. Wake Forest posted a 288 during its final round to win the tournament with a 7-over total of 859. Georgia Tech finished in the runner-up slot with an 860 tally at the par-71, 7,114-yard layout.

OSU has now finished in the top three in three of its four outings this spring. In addition to its third-place showing this week, the Cowboys own a victory at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and a runner-up showing at the Southern Highlands Collegiate.

Georgia Tech produced the Valspar’s individual medalist with Tyler Strafaci climbing four spots via a third-round 69 to finish at 2-under 211 and one shot clear of the field.

OSU’s Kristoffer Ventura logged his third consecutive top-10 finish, tying for fourth place at 213 after signing for a 72 on Tuesday. The junior now has four top 10s on the year, including a pair of runner-up showings.

Zachary Olsen logged his second top 10 of the spring, tying for 10th place at 214. The senior posted a 71 during his third round.

Hayden Wood continued his charge up the leaderboard for the second consecutive day. After opening with a 78, The sophomore posted a 69 during his second round before climbing another 14 spots on Tuesday courtesy of his closing 68. Wood finished tied for 12th place at 215.

Freshman Viktor Hovland also made a big move during his final round, using a 68 of his own to rise 24 spots into a tie for 25th place at 219.

Sophomore Zach Bauchou wrapped up play with a 75 to stand at 226 and tied for 53rd place.

In addition to the Cowboy five in action in Florida, five Cowboys competed individually this week at the Broncho Invitational at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Junior Brendon Jelley logged his second career victory, winning the event by six shots after firing a closing 66 to finish at 6-under 210. The win was Jelley’s first since claiming the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational last spring.

Sophomore Nick Heinen closed with a 74 on Tuesday to tie for third place at 218, while junior Sam Stevens and redshirt freshman Tyson Reeder tied for sixth place at 219 after carding rounds of 71 and 72, respectively.

Junior Stratton Nolen tied for 10th place at 222 after signing for a 77 during his third round.

OSU will be back in action on April 1 when it begins play at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas.

 

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