Cowboys begin NCAA title defense at Louisville Golf Club

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Photo: Viktor Hovland and Zach Bauchou.

LOUISVILLE — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team will look to build upon its NCAA-leading total of 13 regional titles this week when it begins play as the top seed at the Louisville Regional at the University of Louisville Golf Club.

The defending NCAA champions will be one of 13 teams in action at the par-71, 7,217-yard layout. OSU will be grouped with Auburn and North Florida for its first round with action set to get underway at 7:30 a.m. (EST) on Monday. The event will run through Wednesday with 18 holes being contested each day.

The Cowboy lineup will consist of seniors Zach Bauchou and Hayden Wood, junior Viktor Hovland and sophomores Austin Eckroat and Matthew Wolff. Freshman Aman Gupta will make the trip as the squad’s alternate.

The event is one of six 54-hole regional tournaments being conducted. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The NCAA Championship will take place May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Last year, head coach Alan Bratton’s squad won the NCAA Columbus Regional, which was the program’s third regional title in a row and its fourth in the past five years. OSU’s regional total dates back to 1989. That year, the three-regional system was implemented and used until 2008. During that time, OSU competed in the Central Regional every year. The 2009 campaign marked the first time a six-regional format was used.

The Cowboys, who have advanced to the NCAA Championship 71 times in the 72-year history of the program, also have 11 regional medalists overall with the most recent being Kristoffer Ventura in 2016 in Stillwater.

Live scoring for the event will be available at

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