Sooners slip to fifth, OSU 11th at Ben Hogan Collegiate

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FORT WORTH – The Oklahoma men’s golf team finished fifth and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 11th at the Ben Hogan Collegiate on Tuesday. The 15-team field featured 12 teams ranked inside the top 20 nationally, including the No. 10 Sooners.

OU held the lead entering the final round but struggled on the last day at the par-70 Shady Oaks Country Club. The Sooners (5th, -4) finished as the Big 12’s top team and in front of two top-five squads, and have now finished in the top five at 47 of its last 53 regular season events, a streak that dates to the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

The Sooners were paced by Drew Goodman, who posted 68-63-74 to finish in a tie for fifth – his best event this season. Stephen Campbell Jr. grabbed a share of seventh, his season-best finish, after signing for a 72 (+2) on Tuesday. Jaxon Dowell (T14, -2) finished inside the top 15 in his lineup debut for the season, powered by a 65 (-5) yesterday and a team-low 71 (+1) on Tuesday. Luke Kluver(T52, +8) and Ben Lorenz (62, +10) rounded out the OU contingent.

No. 3 Vanderbilt won the event by a stroke, rallying down the stretch to hold off No. 1 North Carolina and win the tournament, which boasted the strongest field in college golf. The Commodores’ Cole Sherwood won the individual title after winning on the first playoff hole, defeating Georgia Tech’s Christo Lamprecht, earning an exemption into the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

Next, the Sooners travel to Houston for the Big 12 Match Play Championship, where the Sooners set records last season en route to a runner-up finish. The conference’s fall championship is slated for Oct. 9-11 at Houston Oaks Country Club.

Oklahoma State posted a closing 287 at the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday to finish in 11th place. The Cowboys 14-over total of 854 was a shot behind Texas and Texas A&M at the par-70, 6,885-yard layout.

Senior Jonas Baumgartner finished with a 72 to get in with a 213 total and tied for 34th place.

Joining Baumgartner at 213 was freshman Gaven Lane, who posted a closing 70. Sophomore John Wild wrapped up play with a 72 to finish tied for 38th place at 214.

Fifth year Rayhan Thomas carded his second consecutive 73 to finish at 218 and tied for 52nd place. Fifth year Hazen Newman posted a 74 during his third round to finish at 219 and tied for 57th place.

The Cowboys will close out their fall slate next week when they travel to Texas to take part in the Big 12 Match Play Tournament at Houston Oaks Country Club.

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