Above: OU junior Patrick Welch
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened play on Friday at the Seminole Intercollegiate with a 5-under 283 to stand alone in third place at Golden Eagle Country Club. Top-ranked Oklahoma is another six shots back in fifth place.
The Cowboys wrapped up the day two shots behind Liberty for second place at the par-72, 6,965-yard layout. Host Florida State fired an 11-under 277 to hold the top spot on the leaderboard.
Liberty’s Alexandre Fuchs fired an opening 65, giving him a two-shot cushion over the field.
Coming off a runner-up showing in OSU’s spring opener last month, Eugenio Chacarra continued his solid play. The sophomore opened with a 4-under 68 to share third place. Chacarra’s front nine included three birdies against zero bogeys to go out in 3-under 33. He tacked on birdies at Nos. 10 and 15 to get to 5-under par for the day before carding his lone bogey at the closing hole.
Junior Austin Eckroat joined his teammate in the top 10 after posting a 2-under 70 to stand in a three-way tie for ninth place.
Freshman Bo Jin also finished under par on the day, posting a 1-under 71 to come in tied for 12th place.
Freshman Brian Stark posted a 74 to finish tied for 35th place, while senior Ferdinand Müller carded a 77 to stand in a tie for 65thplace.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (EST) and will be grouped with Florida State and Oklahoma.
After shooting a 1-over 37 on the front nine, OU junior Patrick Welch fired a 4-under 32 on the back nine to card a 3-under 69.
The top-ranked Sooners (289, +1) moved into a tie for fifth after sinking 13 birdies over their final nine holes at the par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club. Head coach Ryan Hybl‘s team will have a chance to move up the leaderboard in Saturday’s second round at the 54-hole tournament hosted by No. 15 Florida State.
“We didn’t do a good enough job on par 3s or par 5s, and that was the separation for us today,” Hybl said. “We’ll work to get better in tomorrow’s round.”
Welch’s 69 marks his 14th round in the 60s at Oklahoma, where he owns the school record for career scoring average (71.12). In his 50 rounds, Welch seeks his fifth top-5 finish.
Steady for the Sooners and tied for 12th after 18 holes was Quade Cummins, who fired a 71 (-1) on Friday in Tallahassee. The All-American is hunting his first collegiate victory and is on pace to finish inside the top 20 for the 25th time as a Sooner.
All-American Garett Reband collected a team-high 13 pars on in round one en route to a 1-over 73 to grab a share of 32nd. He sits one shot off a top-20 placement, which would mark his eighth in a row.
Oklahoma’s third All-American, Jonathan Brightwell, competed as an individual Friday and shot a 75, good for a share of 47th.
Patrick Welch will be first off the tee at 10:30 CT, followed by Logan McAllister and Thomas Johnson at 10:39 and 10:48, respectively. Garett Reband gets started at 10:57 with FSU’s John Pak, who leads the PGA Tour U rankings and Oklahoma State’s Brian Stark. The final Sooner teeing off is Quade Cummins, ranked sixth in the latest PGA Tour U rankings. He’ll match up with No. 8 Vincent Norrman (FSU) and OSU’s Austin Eckroat, who’s third in the PGA Tour U ranking.
Live scoring for this weekend’s event is available at golfstat.com.
- Florida State—277
- Oklahoma State—283
- South Florida—287
T5. NC State—289