Cowboys one behind Texas after first round in Hawaii

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team used an 8-under 280 during the first round of play at the Amer Ari Invitational on Thursday to stand alone in second place at Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

The top-ranked Cowboys finished the day one stroke behind Texas at the par-72, 7,074-yard layout. Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and TCU all finished the day in third place at 281.

Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci opened with a 6-under 66 to lead the individual race by two strokes over a group of five players.

A pair of Cowboys finished the day inside the top 10 with junior Hayden Wood and freshman Matthew Wolff each signing for 69s to stand in a tie for seventh place.

Wood put together a bogey-free front nine that featured birdies at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 to turn at 3-under 33. He came in with an even-par 36 after posting a birdie at the 14th and his lone bogey of the day at the 17th.

Wolff went out in 2-under 34 after putting together a front nine with an eagle, a birdie and a bogey. He came home in 1-under 35 with an inward nine that had birdies at Nos. 13, 16 and 18.

Junior Zach Bauchou came in a stroke behind his teammates with a 70 to stand in a tie for 17th place.

Sophomore Viktor Hovland and freshman Austin Eckroat each carded rounds of 72 to finish the day tied for 38th place.

Three Cowboys are competing individually with senior Kristoffer Ventura leading the way with an opening 69. Junior Nick Heinen and senior Sam Stevens posted matching 73s to share 48th place.

The Cowboys will get their second round underway tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Georgia Tech. Live scoring is available at

Team Scores

  1. Texas—279
  2. Oklahoma State—280
  3. Georgia Tech—281

3.    Texas Tech—281

3.    TCU—281

Individual Scores

  1. Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech—66

T7.  Hayden Wood, OSU—69

T7. Matthew Wolff, OSU—69

T17. Zach Bauchou, OSU—70

T38. Viktor Hovland, OSU—72

T38. Austin Eckroat, OSU—72

OSU Individuals

T7.  Kristoffer Ventura—69

T48. Sam Stevens—73

T48. Nick Heinen—73

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