PALM DESERT, Calif. – Oklahoma State freshman Austin Eckroat used the round of the day on Sunday to move into first place and share medalist honors at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Classic Club.
Making just his second collegiate start, Eckroat fired a 64 during his third round to move up seven spots into a four-way tie for first place. The Edmond, Okla., native finished at 14-under 202, also carding rounds of 68 and 70 at the par-72, 7,322-yard layout, to share first place with Texas Tech’s Fredrik Nilehn and California’s Collin Morikawa and Sebastian Crampton.
Eckroat started his day on the back nine and carded his lone bogey of the day at the 10th. He quickly moved into red figures with birdies at Nos. 12-14 and turned in 5-under 31 after stringing together three birdies in a row at 16, 17 and 18.
After carding the first birdie of his second nine at the fourth, Eckroat also birdied Nos. 7 and 8 to get to his 8-under score.
Joining Eckroat in the top 10 was Nick Heinen. The junior carded his second consecutive 69 to finish at 8-under 208 and tied for seventh place.
Seniors Sam Stevens and Stratton Nolen also competed in the event. Stevens tied for 61st place at 222, while Nolen finished at 239 and tied for 127th place.