OSU moves on to match play, Sooners finish season

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team posted a 4-over 284 during its third round at the NCAA Championship on Monday to finish fourth during the stroke play portion of the event at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

The Cowboys tallied a 54-hole total of 840 at the par-70, 6,941-yard layout. OSU’s even-par total was four shots behind Alabama and LSU for the runner-up spot. Stanford finished atop the leaderboard, posting a 13-under total of 827 and coming in nine shots clear of the field.

With their finish, the Cowboys earned the No. 4 seed in the match play bracket and will take on fifth-seeded Georgia Tech tomorrow morning at 7:50 a.m. in the first round. The Yellow Jackets posted an 841 total.

The top-eight finish marks the first time since 2011 OSU has reached match play at the event and is the Cowboys’ fourth appearance overall since the implementation of the current format in 2009. OSU lost in the first round in 2009, reached the championship match in 2010 and advanced to the semifinal round in 2011.

Stanford’s Cameron Wilson and Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans tied for first place in the individual race with each posting 6-under 204 totals. Wilson defeated Schniederjans on the third playoff hole with a birdie to capture the NCAA title.

Ian Davis led the Cowboy starting five, firing a 2-under 68 to finish at 211 and tied for 35th place. The senior posted his lone bogey of the day at the fifth before answering with a birdie at the eighth to turn at even-par 35. Davis carded birdies at the 12th and 15th for an inward nine of 2-under 33.

Redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark came in a stroke off the pace of his teammate, posting a 74 to tie for 42nd place at 212.

Joining Clark at 212 was teammate Jordan Niebrugge. The sophomore countered a triple bogey at the fifth with three consecutive birdies to close his outward nine with an even-par total. After a double bogey at the 11th, Niebrugge answered with birdies at the 14th and 17th before moving under par with a birdie at the par-4 18th.
 
Senior Talor Gooch finished with a 77 to stand at 213 and tied for 49th place. Freshman Zachary Olsen’s second consecutive 73 tied him for 69th place at 215. 

 The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team’s season came to a close on Monday as it finished the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships in a tie for 16th place with a three-round 854 (+14).

The Sooners, who competed as the No. 13 seed at the event, started the final 18 holes of stroke play in a tie for sixth place. However, they slipped down the leaderboard after tallying a 14-over-par 294 for the round, their first over-par team score of the tournament. The NCAA appearance was OU’s fourth straight and 35th overall.

"We had it right where we wanted it with about six holes to go, and bad things happened. We struggled to finish, and everyone is very disappointed," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We had high hopes for today, and we wanted one of those eight slots."

After 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams advanced to match play, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the national champion team.

Stanford’s Cameron Wilson was crowned the individual NCAA champion after defeating Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech in a three-hole playoff.

Junior Charlie Saxon posted OU’s highest finish in the event, taking a share of 29th place with an even-par 210. Saxon, who recorded a 74 (+4) on Monday, was as high as second place individually but recorded a 4-over-par score on his final seven holes.

With a three-round 212 (+2), Beau Titsworth finished in a tie for 42nd place after carding a 5-over-par 75 for the final 18 holes. The sophomore pocketed an eagle on the par-5 hole No. 7, his sixth of the year, tying him for the second most in program history with former Sooners Jesse Schutte (2007-08 season) and Hunter Haas (1998-99 season).

After posting a 73 (+3) on Monday, junior Michael Gellerman, who played approximately 30 miles from his hometown of Sterling, Kan., tied for 55th with a 214 (+4). Freshman Max McGreevy tied for 89th place in his first NCAA appearance after shooting a 2-over 72 for the final 18 holes, bringing his total to 218 (+8). Senior Michael Schoolcraft closed his collegiate career with a third-round 87 (+17). His tournament total of 255 (+45) landed him in 155th place.

Despite the disappointing finish to the year, fifth-year coach Hybl shared that he is proud of his squad and is looking forward to what the future holds for the Sooners.

"We had a great year, and I am so proud of this group of guys," Hybl said. "Four of them will be coming back next year, and I know we will be hungry. We keep gaining valuable experiences, and I know it will pay off."

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