Cowboys head to Oregon in pursuit of No. 11

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Oklahoma State will pursue its 11th NCAA title when play gets underway this week at the NCAA Championship at Eugene Country Club. The event will run May 27-June 1 and will consist of 72 holes of stroke play to determine the eight teams for the match play portion of the tournament as well as the individual champion. After 54 holes, the field will be trimmed to the top 15 teams and top nine individuals on non-advancing teams for Monday’s fourth round. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will take place on Tuesday and will be followed by Wednesday’s championship match.

OSU will be grouped with Georgia and Illinois for its first two rounds. The trio will tee off Friday at 2:42 p.m. (CST) The three teams will begin second-round action on Saturday at 9:22 a.m. Sunday’s groupings will be determined by the 36-hole results.

The Cowboy lineup will feature the same five players responsible for their 19-shot victory at the NCAA Stillwater Regional. OSU’s lineup will consist of senior Jordan Niebrugge and sophomores Brendon Jelley, Stratton Nolen, Sam Stevens and Kristoffer Ventura.

Live scoring will be available at Golf Channel will televise the action on Monday (6-9 p.m. CST), Tuesday (12:30-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.) and Wednesday (5-9 p.m.).

OSU has won 10 NCAA titles and has produced eight individual national champions. The Cowboys last national title came in 2006 under the direction of Mike McGraw. That same year also resulted in OSU’s most recent medalist at the event in Jonathan Moore. OSU’s first NCAA crown came in 1963 under the guidance of Labron Harris. Former coach and current OSU athletics director Mike Holder captured eight titles, winning in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995 and 2000.

Additionally, the Cowboys have produced 17 runner-up finishes after placing second two years ago.

Earl Moeller was OSU’s first individual champion in 1953 and was followed by Grier Jones in 1968. David Edwards won in 1978 and was followed by Scott Verplank, Brian Watts an E.J. Pfister, who won consecutively from 1986-88. Charles Howell won in record-setting fashion in 2000 and was the program’s seventh national champion.

NCAA Rewind – 2015 NCAA Championship
The Cowboys closed play at the NCAA Championship with a 304 during their third round to finish tied for 19th place at Concession Golf Club.

OSU, which was unable to finish its round Sunday, returned to the par-72, 7,483-yard layout on Monday morning to complete play. The field was cut to 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on those teams after 54 holes.

OSU’s Zachary Olsen posted a 75 during his third round to stand at 1-over 217 and tied for 19th place to secure one of the individual spots for the final round. He closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 1-over 289 and tied for 16th place.

Jordan Niebrugge carded this third 75 in a row to finish in a tie for 71st place at 225.

Kristoffer Ventura signed for a 77 to come in tied for 84th place at 227, while Brendon Jelley finished with an 82 to stand at 232 and tied for 113th place.

Wyndham Clark’s closing 77 tied him for 145th place at 238.
• Two of OSU’s 10 national titles have been won in the state of Oregon with the Cowboys winning the 1978 title at Eugene Country Club and the 2006 crown at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
• The Cowboys have now competed at the NCAA Championship in 69 of the program’s 70 years, including an NCAA-record string of 65 consecutive appearances from 1947-2011.
• After their runner-up finish two years ago, the Cowboys have finished first or second at the event 27 times (10 titles, 17 second-place showings) and have finished in the top five 52 times in 68 NCAA appearances.
• Since the current format was implemented in 2009, OSU has advanced to match play four times, posting a 5-4 record. The Cowboys finished second in 2010 and 2014, tied for third in 2011 and tied for fifth in 2009.

Ryan Cameron
Oklahoma State University
Athletics Communications
Twitter: @ryancameron24
Phone: 405-744-4854

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