Cowboys take second, Sooners third at Big 12 Match Play Championship

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HOCKLEY, TEXAS – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team earned a runner-up finish while Oklahoma took third at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament on Sunday. The Cowboys tied the championship match against Baylor at Houston Oaks. With both teams claiming three matches apiece, the Bears won the event due to hole differential (9-4).

The Cowboys finished the event with a 2-0-2 mark.

Baylor got a pair of 3-and-2 victories in the first two matches out at the par-71, 7,007-yard layout. Cooper Dossey defeated sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, while Johnny Keefer defeated junior Austin Eckroat.

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OSU picked up its first point of the day when Jonas Baumgartner took down Trey Bosco, 2 and 1. Bosco took the first lead during the match’s fifth hole before the Cowboy freshman pulled even four holes later. Baumgartner would win the next two holes before the duo would tie the next six to close out the match.

The Bears picked up their third 3-and-2 victory of the match with Ryan Grider knocking off sophomore Eugenio Chacarra.

Sophomore Aman Gupta rallied late in his match with Colin Kober to put a second point on the board for the Cowboys. Kober grabbed the first lead of the match on its second hole before Gupta pulled even three holes later. He would build a 3-up lead after winning three holes over a four-hole stretch. However, Kober would move back in front after taking four of the next five. Gupta won the final two holes of the match for his 1-up victory.

After trailing for 10 holes in his match with Brandon Hoff, freshman Brian Stark also rallied down the stretch on his way to a 1-up victory. Stark drew even at the match’s 13th hole before taking his first lead two holes later. The two players would tie the final three holes to close it out.

The Cowboys will wrap up their fall season and the Big 12 Fall Series when they begin play at the Maridoe Invitational in Carrollton, Texas on Oct. 18.

The No. 2-ranked Sooners knocked off No. 4-ranked Texas in the third-place match.  After defeating No. 4-seeded TCU 4-1-1 in the last match of pool play in the morning, head coach Ryan Hybl’s Sooners were locked into the showdown between the top-seeded Sooners and the No. 2-seeded Texas Longhorns.

The tournament was the Sooners’ second of the Big 12 fall series, where Oklahoma competes against Big 12 teams in different tournaments. The Sooners took home the team title at the Big 12 Preview at Colonial last week.

The Sooners’ match with the Longhorns was hotly contested, with the Sooners taking a 3-2 lead with Patrick Welch’s match finishing up. Down one hole thru 17, the junior needed to win his final hole to give Oklahoma the win and clinch third place at the championship. Welch found a way to birdie the hole, halving his match with All-American Cole Hammer to give the Sooners the bronze. Welch, the No. 83 collegiate player in the country, didn’t lose at Houston Oaks, winning his first three matches and halving his last two, and his 30 birdies led the field.

“I think we learned a lot about our guys this week,” Hybl said. “We had some guys that really got better at this tournament and I think it gives us some valuable knowledge going forward.”

One of the guys that got better was Logan McAllister, who finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record in all of his matches. McAllister, fresh off a win at Colonial last week, defeated his opponents by a combined 20 holes this weekend, the most on the team. The junior has become a key piece of one of the nation’s top teams as the Oklahoma City product continues to show that he can compete with the best in the Big 12.

Jonathan Brightwell made his Big 12 match-play debut over the weekend, finishing 4-1, with his lone loss coming to Baylor’s Johnny Keefer. Brightwell sunk a hole-in-one on the 15th hole in his 2-up win over TCU’s Aymeric Laussot to move the match to all square before winning the next two holes, clinching the win.

Paced by his 25 birdies, Quade Cummins took home a 3-1-1 record from Houston, showing why the redshirt senior is widely considered one of the country’s top 10 golfers.

The Sooners now turn their focus to the Maridoe Invitational in Carrollton, Texas, set to begin on October 18.

Saturday’s Matches
Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team rolled past Kansas with a 6-0 victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday at Houston Oaks to advance to the championship match at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament.

The Cowboys finished pool play with a 2-0-1 record after their six starters combined to post a 12-2-4 mark at the par-71, 7,007-yard layout. OSU will face Baylor tomorrow afternoon.

Sophomore Aman Gupta improved to 3-0 at the event with his 4-and-2 win over Luke Kluver, while junior Austin Eckroat moved to 2-0-1 with his 4-and-3 triumph over Ben Sigel.

Sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen also remained unbeaten at 2-0-1 with a 4-and-3 win of his own over Zach Sokolosky.

Sophomore Eugenio Chacarra picked up his first win of the weekend to go with a pair of ties after coasting to a 6-and-5 win over Sion Audrain. Chacarra won the first two holes before Audrain pulled even three holes later. However, the transfer from Wake Forest won six of the next seven holes to pull away.

Freshmen Jonas Baumgartner and Brian Stark each improved to 2-1 on the weekend to make it a clean sweep for the Cowboys. Baumgartner defeated Harry Hillier, 4&2, while Stark posted a 1-up win over William Duquette.

OSU will face the Bears at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.

The Oklahoma men’s golf team dropped a close match in pool play versus No. 5-seeded Baylor, 4-2, at the Big 12 Match Play Championship on Saturday. Half of the day’s individual matches were decided by a single hole, with two of them tied thru 16 holes. The championship, held annually at the par-71, 7,007-yard Golf Club at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas, employs the same match play format that is used to determine the NCAA champion in the spring.

“Just a really tough loss today. You have to give Baylor credit for getting it done when it counted,” head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We didn’t have our best stuff this morning, but we still have a big match in front of us to be ready for.”

Logan McAllister and Patrick Welch both improved to 3-0 at the championship, clinching their matches early. McAllister, a junior from Oklahoma City, defeated Ryan Grider 4 and 3 to get the first Sooner victory of the day. Welch followed a hole later, beating Colin Kober by a score of 4 and 2 to give the Sooners an early 2-0 lead.

Sooner All-American Quade Cummins would then drop his match to fellow All-American, Cooper Dossey, 3 and 2, to move the scoreboard to 2-1.

Jonathan Brightwell would get his match versus Johnny Keefer to all square thru 17, but would par the round’s final hole while Keefer birdied to win the match, 1-up. Garett Reband then dropped a close match to Baylor’s Brandon Hoff, 1-up, to move the score to 3-2.

After nearly erasing a three-hole deficit on the back nine, Oklahoma’s Thomas Johnson fell to Trey Bosco, 1-up, to give Baylor the 4-2 win.

With the loss, the Sooners and Bears move into a tie atop Pool A, with the Bears holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Baylor (6 pts, 2-0-0) will compete two more times in pool play, versus West Virginia on Saturday afternoon and Iowa State on Sunday morning. Oklahoma (6 pts, 2-1-0) has one match remaining, a Sunday morning showdown with TCU.

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