Cowboys start spring season in Hawaii

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii–Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened its spring slate on Thursday with a 282 during its first round at The Amer Ari Invitational to stand in a tie for 10th place at Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

The Cowboys’ 6-under tally knotted them with TCU and was a shot behind UC Davis. Southern California fired a 12-under 276 to lead by a shot over Arizona State and Washington at the par-72, 7,074-yard layout.

A pair of players, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan and Arizona State’s Jon Rahm, carded 7-under 65s to share the individual lead.

OSU freshman Kristoffer Ventura found his way into the top 10, posting a 68 to come in tied for eighth place. Ventura began his day on the eighth hole with a bogey andmoved back to even par with a birdie at the 11th. He then used birdies at Nos. 15, 17 and 18 for an outward nine of 4-under 32. He followed with birdies at the second, fourth and fifth to get to 6-under for the day before closing his round with bogeys at Nos. 6 and 7.

Sophomore Zachary Olsen posted a 70 to stand in a tie for 24th place, while junior and defending champion Jordan Niebrugge’s 71 tied him for 40th place.

Freshman Sam Stevens posted a 73, tying him for 62nd place.

Redshirt freshman Brendon Jelley carded a 75 to come in tied for 77th place.

Competing individually, senior Tanner Kesterson posted a 70 to finish among the grouptied for 24th place.

The Cowboys will get their second round underway tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. (HAST) and will be grouped with Auburn, Oregon State and UC Davis.

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