Cowboys, Sooners ready for regional at Karsten Creek

STILLWATER, Okla. – Karsten Creek, home of the Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team, will serve as the host site for regional action for the third time this week when the NCAA Stillwater Regional gets underway on Monday.

The host Cowboys will serve as the top seed and will be grouped with No. 2 seed Clemson and third-seeded Oklahoma when play gets underway on Monday. The trio is set to begin play at 8 a.m. (CST) at the par-72, 7,418-yard layout. The 54-hole event will run through Wednesday with 18 holes being contested each day.

The Tom Fazio design has twice hosted the NCAA Championship, holding the event in 2003 and 2011. Additionally, the course served as home to the Karsten Creek Collegiate in 1996, the NCAA Central Regional in 2001, the Ping/Golfweek Preview in 2002 and 2010 and the NCAA South Central Regional in 2009.

OSU’s lineup will consist of senior Jordan Niebrugge as well as sophomores Kristoffer Ventura, Stratton Nolen, Brendon Jelley and Sam Stevens.

The Cowboys have won a nation-leading 10 regional titles dating back to 1989. That year, the three-regional system was implemented and used until 2008. During that time, the Cowboys competed in the Central Regional every year. The 2009 campaign marked the first time a six-regional format was used.

Ten times a Cowboy has claimed medalist honors with Niebrugge being the most recent, finishing first last year at the New Haven Regional.

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.

Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.

The No. 20 Oklahoma men’s golf team aims to qualify for its sixth straight NCAA Championships at the NCAA Stillwater Regional this week.

“We are excited to be headed to Stillwater and to stay close to home,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “This is championship season and this is why our guys come to Oklahoma — to compete for championships. Regionals is a fun week to see what your guys are made of, and this is what we have been working for all year.”

The Sooners, who are seeded No. 3 in the regional, are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship with a four-round 1176 (+24). Sophomore Grant Hirschman tied for sixth place, the best finisher on the squad, after firing a 63 (-9) in the third round, setting a record for both the Big 12 Championship and Whispering Pines Golf Club and matching the OU single-round record.

OU’s lineup for the regional will include senior Luke Kwon, junior Max McGreevy, Hirschman and freshmen Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale.

The Sooners will tee off from hole No. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday and will be paired with No. 1 seed Oklahoma State and No. 2 seed Clemson.

THE FIELD (GOLFWEEK/SAGARIN RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
1. Oklahoma State (8)
2. Clemson (5)
3. Oklahoma (20)
4. Duke (19)
5. Augusta (38)
6. Purdue (30)
7. Michigan State (45)
8. Tennessee (46)
9. Northwestern (58)
10. Louisville (52)
11. McNeese State (74)
12. VCU (76)
13. Missouri-Kansas City (92)
14. Alabama State (194)

Individuals:
1. Nick Voke, Iowa State
2. Haraldur Magnus, UL Lafayette
3. Grant Bennet, Wichita State
4. Kevin Gordon, Nebraska Omaha
5. Thomas McLaughlin, Texas Southern

THE COURSE
The par-72, 7,418-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club will serve as the site for the NCAA Stillwater Regional.

FORMAT
Fifty-four holes will be played over three days. The first round is slated to begin Monday at 8 a.m. CT, and the Sooners will tee off starting at 8 a.m. from hole No. 1. The second round is scheduled to start Tuesday at 8 a.m., and the final round will begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

WEATHER FORECAST
Monday: Scattered thunderstorms with a 60 percent chance of rain, a high of 73 degrees and wind from the southeast at 10-20 mph. 

Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms with an 80 percent chance of rain, a high of 61 degrees and wind from the north, northeast at 10-20 mph.

Wednesday: Cloudy with a high of 68 degrees, wind from the east, northeast at 10-15 mph and a 20 percent chance of rain.

OU’S NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
Last year, the Sooners claimed a 20-stroke victory at the NCAA San Diego Regional in San Diego, Calif., to advance to the NCAA Championships for the fifth year in a row and the 36th time overall. At the national tournament in Bradenton, Fla., OU finished in a tie for 28th place.

LIVE STATS
Live stats will be available on GolfStat.com. 

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