OSU shoots 8-under but still trails Texas, Hirschman fires 63 for Sooners

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TRINITY, Texas – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team carded a 280 during its third round at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday to remain alone in second place at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

The Cowboys posted the low round of the day, but were unable to make up any ground on Texas, which also posted an 8-under score to stay seven strokes clear of the field. The 280 scores matched the lowest ever posted at Whispering Pines in Big 12 Championship action.

The Longhorns stand at 865, 1-over par, through 54 holes, while OSU is second at 872 and Texas Tech finished the day in third place at 874.

TCU’s Paul Barjon fired a 68 during his third round to stand atop the individual leaderboard at 6-under 210.

Cowboy sophomore Stratton Nolen was one of three players to grab a share of second place at 212. Nolen signed for a 68 during his third round to remain two shots off the lead. 

After opening with a birdie at the par-4 first, Nolen carded his second birdie of the round at the fourth and moved to 3-under par with another at the seventh. After posting his lone bogey of the day at the eighth, Nolen eagled the ninth to turn at 4-under 32 before putting together an inward nine comprised of nine consecutive pars to get to his 4-under total for the day.

Nolen was joined in the top 10 by senior Jordan Niebrugge and sophomore Kristoffer Ventura, who each came in tied for seventh place at 218. Niebrugge posted his low score of the event with a 70, while Ventura did the same with a 71 during his third round.

Sophomore Brendon Jelley bounced back from a 78 during his second round with a 71 as well to stand at 225 and tied for 23rd place.

Junior Wyndham Clark’s 73 tied him for 26th place at 226.

The Cowboys will begin their final round tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (CST) and will be paired with Texas. Live scoring for the event is available at golfstat.com.

Paced by a record-breaking round from sophomore Grant Hirschman, the No. 20 Oklahoma men’s golf team remains in fourth place after the third round. After a rain delay pushed competition back over four hours, the Sooners recorded a 281 (-7) Saturday, bringing their overall score to 885 (+21).

Hirschman carded a 63 (-9) in the third round, collecting eight birdies and an eagle. This score marks the lowest round in Big 12 Championship history and a record-low round at Whispering Pines. Additionally, the sophomore’s new career-low round ties the OU school record for lowest round set by Abraham Ancer and Will Kropp in 2011. Hirschman is now tied for second place in the tournament with a three-round 212 (-4).

“The golf course was set up today to be had, and we had one guy do that for sure,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “I was able to see all of his 63 today, and it was special: a Big 12 record and a course record.”

Freshman Brad Dalke is tied for 19th with an overall 224 (+8). He posted a 73 Saturday, pocketing one birdie.

One stroke behind Dalke and in a tie for 23rd is senior Luke Kwon. He totaled three birdies in the third round and recorded a bogey-free back nine en route to a 71.

Max McGreevy is close behind with an overall 226, holding a tie for 26th. The junior finished Saturday’s round with a 74. Rounding out OU’s lineup is freshman Blaine Hale, who is in a tie for 33rd with an overall 230 after shooting a 74 in the third round.

“I wish we could have gotten the rest of the guys going, because it was out there,” Hybl said. “A big round tomorrow would do us great heading into postseason.”

The final round of the Big 12 Championship is scheduled to begin Sunday morning, and the Sooners’ tee times will start at 8:45 a.m. CT. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.


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