NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened play at the NCAA New Haven Regional on Thursday with a 286 total to stand alone in fifth place at The Course at Yale.
The Cowboys’ 6-over score put them a shot behind Vanderbilt for fourth place at the par-70, 6,803-yard layout. South Florida finished as the leader after the first day of action, posting a 281 to stand a shot clear of Ohio State. San Diego State posted a 284 to wrap up the day in third place.
Individually, USF’s Rigel Fernandes fired a 6-under 64 to finish four shots clear of the field.
Zachary Olsen led the charge individually for OSU, signing for an even-par 70 to stand in a seven-way tie for fifth place. The sophomore started his day on the back nine and birdied the 11th before moving back to even with a bogey at the 12th. After three pars in a row, he birdied the par-5 16th to turn at 1-under 35. Olsen parred the first six holes before carding a bogey at the seventh en route to a 1-over 35 on his inward nine.
Three Cowboys posted 72s to come in tied for 20th place. Junior Jordan Niebrugge, freshman Kristoffer Ventura and sophomore Wyndham Clark all finished at 2-over for the day.
Redshirt freshman Brendon Jelley rounded out the starting five with a 75 to come in tied for 46th place.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 7:20 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Vanderbilt and Troy.