Cowboys roll, OU ties for third, Hovland one shot back

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Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team used a 1-over 281 to pull away from the field at the Big 12 Championship on Sunday at The Greenbrier and capture its first conference crown under head coach Alan Bratton.
For OSU, the victory marked its first Big 12 title since 2011 and its 10th in league history. Overall, the Cowboys have now collected 55 league titles since the program’s first season in 1947.
The top-ranked team in the country, OSU  finished with a 54-hole total of 13-under 827 and 11 shots clear of the field. TCU was second at 838, while Oklahoma and Texas shared third place with matching 842 totals at the par-70, 7,201-yard layout.
Viktor Hovland narrowly missed becoming the program’s 49th individual conference champion, closing with a 1-over 71 to finish at 7-under 203 and a shot off the pace of TCU’s Hayden Springer. The runner-up showing was the first of the season for the Cowboy junior, who also has three victories to his credit this season.
Matthew Wolff joined Hovland in the top 10, finishing in sole possession of seventh place at 2-under 208 after posting a closing 71. The sophomore now has eight top-10 showings on the year, including five victories.
A pair of Cowboys finished the event knotted for 14th place with sophomore Austin Eckroat and senior Zach Bauchou both finishing at 211. Eckroat carded a 73 during his final round, while Bauchou posted a 70 which included three consecutive birdies to wrap up his round.
Hayden Wood signed for the squad’s low round of the day, a 1-under 69, to climb into a tie for 31st place at 217. The senior made the turn at 1-over before putting together a clean inward nine, which included birdies at the 11th and 14th.
The Cowboys will now await their postseason destination, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. (CST) on Golf Channel. Regional action will take place May 13-15.

 No. 7 Oklahoma carded a 4-over 284 during Sunday’s final round to bring its three-round total to 842 (+2).

The 10-team field featured five teams ranked in the top 25 of the latest GolfStat rankings. The finish marked OU’s seventh consecutive top-3 finish.

Junior Garett Reband and freshman Patrick Welch finished in the top 10, tying for eighth place at 1-under 209 to earn all-tournament team honors. Reband was consistent throughout the day to pick up his fourth top-10 finish of the season and carded an even-par 70 during Sunday’s final round.

Welch claimed his second top-10 finish of his career, also shooting 70 to close out his first appearance at the Big 12 Championship. The freshman finished with three birdies during Sunday’s final 18 holes.

Senior Blaine Hale posted an even-par 70 on Sunday to total a 212 for the tournament to take 16th place. The senior closed out his round with an eagle on the par-5 on hole No. 17.

Redshirt junior Quade Cummins finished in a tie for 23rd place at 215. Cummins logged a 74 during Sunday’s final round, picking up an eagle and a birdie on his scorecard during Sunday’s action.

Senior Brad Dalke closed out the tournament with a 74 to bring his three-round total to 217. Dalke played well on the back nine, carding four straight birdies as the senior claimed a share of 31st place in his final Big 12 Championship.

The Sooners await their postseason destination for the NCAA Regionals, set to take place May 13-15. The selection show for the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT live on Golf Channel.


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