Cowan fourth as Sooners take second, OSU’s Stout is co-medalist, Cowboys third in Big 12 Championship

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TRINITY, Texas — Oklahoma posted the second-lowest round of the day for the second consecutive round but couldn’t catch Texas as the Sooners finished second at the 2024 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship on Wednesday. Oklahoma State’s Preston Stout was co-medalist as the Cowboys finished third, five shots behind the Sooners.

The Sooners (2, -7) posted a 283 (-5) in the final round at Whispering Pines Golf Club but couldn’t erase Texas’ 11-shot lead as the Longhorns claimed the team title by 18 shots. True freshman Ryder Cowan finished tied for fourth and earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.

“I’m proud of how our guys fought down the stretch here,” head coach Ryan Hybl said. “I thought that Ryder showed how special he is this week. Even though it’s not surprising to us, to do what he did is just really special.”

The Sooners opened with a trio of birdies early in the round, but Texas (1, -25) never let Crimson and Cream within striking distance on the final day. OU trailed Oklahoma State late in the round for second, but Cowan strung together four straight birdies to push OU in front of its in-state foe at the finish line.

Cowan’s fourth-place finish was his best of the season as the freshman posted two rounds in the 60s at Whispering Pines. His final-round score of 68 (-4) was OU’s low round on Wednesday.

Ryder Cowan

Jase Summy (11, -3) carded a 2-under 70 in the final round to continue his rise up the leaderboard. He narrowly missed a long birdie putt on the 18th that would’ve placed him on the All-Tournament Team, which is reserved for the top-10 finishers.

All-American Drew Goodman, who finished 11th at Whispering Pines in the 2022 Big 12 Championship, finished 15th at even par.

Drew Goodman

Stephen Campbell Jr. ended his week in a tie for 34th at 6-over.

Luke Kluver posted a 73 (+1) in the final round after subbing in for Ben Lorenz, who played the first three rounds.

The Sooners, ranked 14th nationally, will await their NCAA Regional location, unveiled during the NCAA Golf Selection Show on May 1 at 1 p.m. on Golf Channel. Oklahoma has appeared in 12 straight NCAA Regionals and has advanced to the NCAA Finals every year since 2011 — the second-longest streak in the nation.

Oklahoma State freshman Preston Stout became the 11th Cowboy golfer to capture Big 12 Championship medalist honors with a clutch performance at the 72nd hole.

Preston Stout

Stout fired a 67 during Tuesday’s third round to get within two shots of the lead held by Cincinnati’s Ty Gingerich heading into the final round. Gingerich closed with a 67, while Gustav Frimodt of TCU finished with a 68 to take the clubhouse lead at 9-under 279.

The Cowboy freshman birdied his opening hole and added another at the seventh to get to 8-under as he made the turn. After reeling off eight consecutive pars on his second nine, Stout came to the last needing birdie to share medalist honors. After his approach found the left side of the green, he drained a 35-foot putt to card a closing 69 and make it three players at 279.

With his first career triumph, Stout joins Leif Westerberg (1997), Charles Howell (2000), Anders Hultman (2002), Hunter Mahan (2003), Pablo Martin (2007), Rickie Fowler (2008), Morgan Hoffmann (2009, 2011), Stratton Nolen (2016) and Kristoffer Ventura (2018) as OSU victors at the event.

Additionally, Stout becomes the third Cowboy freshman to claim Big 12 medalist honors, joining Fowler (2008) and Hoffmann (2009).

In the team race, Texas pulled away from the field, finishing at 25-under 1,127. Oklahoma was second at the par-72, 7,434-yard layout with its 1,145 total, while the Cowboys were third at 1,150.

Fifth year Rayhan Thomas posted a closing 71 to finish at 3-over 291 and tied for 23rd place.

Senior Jonas Baumgartner posted a 74, while freshman Gaven Lane signed for a 73 to each finish at 294 and tied for 34th place.

Senior Bo Jin’s 76 tied him for 46th place at 300.

Notes: J.P. Roller of Tulsa, playing for Kansas State, shot an even-par 72 in the final round to finish tied for 23rd at 3-over. Former Oklahoma State coach and Ponca City native Mike McGraw led the Baylor Bears to a fourth-place finish, five shots behind OSU.

Final Team Standings

  1. Team Scores1. Texas—285-291-275-276=11272. Oklahoma—296-286-280-283=11453. Oklahoma State—295-284-284-287=11504. Baylor—288-293-290-284=11555. West Virginia—297-291-280-289=1157T6. Texas Tech—298-289-290-282=1159T6. Houston—287-295-285-292=11598. Kansas—298-290-289-286=11639. Cincinnati—285-306-290-283=116410. BYU—283-292-297-303=117511. Kansas State—293-295-287-301=117612. Iowa State—299-291-295-306=119113. UCF—311-287-300-297=119514. TCU—308-304-300-293=1205

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