Photo: Hayden Wood.
LOUISVILLE — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened play at the NCAA Louisville Regional on Monday with a 6-under 278 to stand alone in second place at the University of Louisville Golf Club.
The top-ranked Cowboys finished the day two shots off the pace of Auburn, which posted a 276 at the par-71, 7,217-yard layout. Louisville and Baylor shared third place at 280, while West Virginia was fifth at 286.
Louisville produced the day’s individual leader in Matthias Schmid, who posted a 5-under 66 to stand one stroke clear of the field.
OSU’s Viktor Hovland was one of two Cowboys to finish the day inside the top 10, firing a 68 to finish in a tie for sixth place. The junior put together a bogey-free outward nine that included a birdie at the second to turn in 1-under 34. After carding a birdie at the 11th, Hovland sandwiched an eagle at the 13th with bogeys at the 12th and 14th. He tacked on a birdie at No. 16 to get to his 3-under tally.
Austin Eckroat turned in a clean card, posting a 2-under 69 to stand in a tie for eighth place. The sophomore carded 10 consecutive pars to start his round before posting a birdie at the 11th. He reeled off five more pars before adding another birdie at the 17th.
Senior Zach Bauchou also carded a round under par for the Cowboys, posting a 1-under 70 to stand in a tie for 11th place.
Senior Hayden Wood battled back after posting bogeys on two of his first five holes with birdies at the eighth and 13th to get back at level par and tied for 16th with his 71.
Sophomore Matthew Wolff’s 1-over 72, which included five birdies and an eagle, tied him for 26th place. Wolff was 4-under at the turn but made three double bogeys, a bogey and a birdie on the final nine.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Auburn and Louisville.
Live scoring for the event is available at golfstat.com.
The event is one of six 54-hole regional tournaments being conducted. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The NCAA Championship will take place May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- Oklahoma State—278
- West Virginia—286
1.Matthias Schmid, Louisville—66
T6. Viktor Hovland, OSU—68
T8. Austin Eckroat, OSU—69
T11. Zach Bauchou, OSU—70
T16. Hayden Wood, OSU—71
T26. Matthew Wolff, OSU—72