Cowboys win, Sooners claim third in Maridoe Collegiate Invitational

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CARROLLTON, Texas – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team wrapped up the Big 12 Fall Series with its first win of the season at the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational, earning a three-shot victory on Tuesday at Maridoe Golf Club.

The Cowboys closed the event with their second consecutive even-par round of 288 to finish at 16-over 880. Pepperdine was second at 883, while Oklahoma posted an 888 total to finish in third at the par-72, 7,521-yard layout.

Austin Eckroat was one of two Cowboys to finish inside the top five. The junior posted a closing 72 to finish at even-par 216 and tied for second place with Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante. Texas Tech’s Kyle Hogan won the event with his 215 tally.

For Eckroat, the runner-up showing was the second of his Cowboy career. A two-time winner during his collegiate career, he finished second last spring at The Prestige as well.

Bo Jin posted a 70 during his closing round to move into a tie for fourth place at 218. The freshman posted a 3-under 33 on his outward nine after carding birdies at the second, seventh and ninth. He countered a bogey at the 10th with a birdie one hole later. He posted a bogey at the 18th to finish at 2-under for the day.

Freshman Brian Stark carded a closing 74 to finish in a tie for 17th place at 223.

Sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen wrapped up play with a 77 to finish at 228 and tied for 37th place.

Sophomore Eugenio Chacarra fired his low round of the event with a 72 to get in with a 230 total and tied for 40th place.

A pair of Cowboys competed individually with freshman Jonas Baumgartner tying for 37th place at 228 after closing with a 75 and freshman Dillon Stewart posting an 82 during his final round to finish at 236 and tied for 55th.

Oklahoma fired a field-low 5-under 283 in the final round to claim third place. The Sooners posted the second-lowest combined score of 577 (+1) over the final 36 holes to move from eighth to third place over the last two days.

“Today was a very solid day on the golf course,” coach Ryan Hybl said. “To have three guys under-par at Maridoe is a great accomplishment and to not count a score over par is a nice way to end the event.”

Oklahoma was once again led by All-American Quade Cummins (220, +4) who shot a 71 (-1) to claim ninth at the event. The top-10 placement is the redshirt senior’s 16th of his illustrious career and 23rd top-20 finish, as the Weatherford, Okla., product hasn’t finished outside of the top 20 at a tournament since his junior season.

Following Cummins on the leaderboard was graduate transfer Jonathan Brightwell (222, +6), whose bogey-free round of 69 moved the All-American from 36th on the leaderboard to T13 on Tuesday. Brightwell’s near-perfect round was the only round among all competitors to conclude without a bogey.

“John’s bogey-free round is just something that doesn’t happen at Maridoe,” Hybl added. “Really proud of him and the rest of the guys. Everyone did their job today which allowed us to finish strong.”

In his Oklahoma debut, freshman Ben Lorenz finished T13 as an individual alongside fellow individual competitor, Thomas Johnson. The pair of Sooners combined for 18 birdies at the event, with each golfer collecting nine.

Logan McAllister tallied a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to finish his event with a 222 (+7) to grab a T17 placement. The Big 12 September Golfer of the Month has finished inside the top 20 in his last four events, with a pair of wins.

Junior Patrick Welch collected the ninth top-25 finish of his Oklahoma career, ending his tournament with a 72 (E) to finish T21 at 8-over. The Providence, R.I., product has been a rock in the Oklahoma lineup over the last three seasons as he owns a team-best -0.13 score versus par among Sooners with more than five events played.

Riley Casey concluded his first appearance in the Sooner lineup since his junior year with a 74  as the redshirt senior finished tied for 45th at 16 over.

The No. 2-ranked Sooners now turn their attention to the prestigious East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Ga., set for Oct. 26-28. The East Lake Cup features the top-four teams in the country in an NCAA Championship-style event that combines stroke and match play to determine a champion. Hybl’s team will be joined by No. 1 Pepperdine, No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Texas, who finished in second, fifth and eighth, respectively at Maridoe.

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