BRYAN, Texas – Oklahoma Stateâ€™s Stratton Nolen used a 2-under 70 during his fourth round at the Big 12 Menâ€™s Golf Championship on Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club to become the 47th conference champion in the history of the Cowboy program.
Nolen finished with a 6-under total of 282 to come in one shot clear of the field and become OSUâ€™s first conference medalist since Morgan Hofmann emerged victorious in 2011. The sophomoreâ€™s victory makes him the fourth different Cowboy to win a tournament this season, joining sophomores Brendon Jelley and Kristoffer Ventura as well as freshman Zach Bauchou.
Additionally, Nolenâ€™s win marks the ninth time OSU has produced the Big 12 medalist. He joins Leif Westerberg (1997), Charles Howell (2000), Anders Hultman (2002), Hunter Mahan (2003), Pablo Martin (2007), Rickie Fowler (2008) and Hoffmann (2009, 2011) on OSUâ€™s list of Big 12 champions.
Nolen got started quickly during his final round, posting a birdie at the first before carding six consecutive pars. After a bogey at the eighth and a par at the ninth, he turned in even-par 36. Nolenâ€™s final bogey of the day came at the 10th. After answering with a birdie at the 11th, he carded birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to get back into red figures before closing out his round with pars over his final three holes.
In the team race, the Cowboys finished with a 12-over total of 1,164 to finish second after carding a 292 during their final round. Texas closed with a 273 to finish at 14-under 1,138 and atop the leaderboard.
Ventura closed with a 75 to finish at 293 and tied for 12th place.
Senior Jordan Niebrugge finished alone in 15th place at 294 after posting a 76 during his fourth round, while Jelley signed for a 72 to finish at 297 and tied for 19th place.
Junior Wyndham Clark posted a 75 and finished tied for 29th place at 301.
The Cowboys will now await their NCAA regional fate, which will be revealed on May 5 at 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Golf Channelâ€™s Morning Drive.
Sooners Finish Fourth in Big 12 Championship
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 20 Oklahoma menâ€™s golf team claimed fourth place in the Big 12 Championship with a four-round 1176 (+24). The three-day, 72-hole tournament took place at the par-72, 7,473-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
The Sooners recorded a 291 (+3) on Sunday to finish in fourth for the third consecutive round.
â€œWe didnâ€™t do anything good or bad necessarily today, we just havenâ€™t been able to get the ball in the hole quick enough,â€ OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. â€œWe have got to continue to get better because hopefully we have a lot of golf left.â€
Texas, who is ranked No. 1 by Golfweek/Sagarin, claimed this yearâ€™s Big 12 title with an overall 1138 (-14). No. 7 Oklahoma State was a distant runner-up at 1164 (+12), and No. 40 Texas Tech took third with an 1165 (+13). No. 29 Baylorâ€™s four-round 1182 (+30) earned the Bears a fifth-place finish.
Sophomore Grant Hirschman was the best finisher for the Sooners, claiming a tie for sixth with an overall 286 (-2) after posting a 74 (+2) Sunday. This finish marks the Collierville, Tenn., nativeâ€™s eighth career top-10 finish and third of the season.
Junior Max McGreevy finished in a tie for 21st with a four-round 298 (+10). He carded a 72 (E) in the fourth round, pocketing two birdies en route to his best round of the tournament.
Finishing one stroke behind McGreevy was senior Luke Kwon, who ended in a tie for 25th place. Kwon carded a 74 (+2) Sunday and collected two birdies.
Freshmen Blaine Hale and Brad Dalke finished their Big 12 Championship debuts with a share of 29th place at 301 (+13). Hale saved his best round for last, tallying a 71 (-1) Sunday and shooting four birdies. Dalke recorded a 77 (+5) on Sunday.
The Sooners will be back in action at an NCAA Regional on May 16-18. The selections for the NCAA Division I Menâ€™s Golf Championship will be announced starting at 8:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, May 5 live on the Golf Channel.