Cowboy golf finishes fourth at the Thunderbird | Sports


TEMPE, Ariz. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team saw its winning streak come to an end on Sunday with a fourth-place showing at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Arizona State’s Karsten Course.

The top-ranked Cowboys had won seven consecutive events matching the school’s single-season record. Overall this season, coach Alan Bratton’s squad has won eight times in 10 starts.

OSU would post the low round of the event by any team and the day’s low score by six shots, finishing with a 14-under 270 tally. At one point, the Cowboys made a run at the leaders during the third round, getting within one shot of the lead on the back nine. OSU tallied a 54-hole total of 17-under 835 to finish three shots clear of Arizona. 

Arizona State closed with a 280 to clip UNLV by one shot for the team title. The Sun Devils finished at 22-under 830, while the Rebels posted an 831 total at the par-71, 7,032-yard layout.

UNLV’s Shintaro Ban and Colorado’s Yannik Paul posted matching 69s to remain tied for first in the individual race at 202, 11-under par.

OSU’s Sam Stevens fired a closing 67 to earn a top-10 finish, rising nine spots into a tie for sixth place at 207. The senior went out in 4-under 30 after opening with three birdies in a row before adding a fourth at No. 8. He birdied the first two holes of his inward nine before carding bogeys at the 12th and 16th for an even-par 37 on his back nine.

Zach Bauchou went bogey free on Sunday with a 65 to jump 25 spots into a tie for 12th place at 209. The junior carded three birdies on each nine to get to his 6-under round.

Freshman Matthew Wolff signed for his low round of the event, a 3-under 68, to finish at 210 and in sole possession of 14th place.

Senior Kristoffer Ventura posted a 72 to finish at 212 and tied for 19th place, while sophomore Viktor Hovland’s 70 tied him for 34th place at 216.

OSU had five players competing in the Arizona State Individual tournament at Papago Golf Course as well.

At the par-71, 7,316-yard layout, Nick Heinen led a trio of Cowboys who registered top-five finishes. The junior closed with a 73 to finish at 2-under 211 and in third place. Senior Brendon Jelley and freshman Austin Eckroat each finished at 213 and tied for fourth place. Jelley posted a 71 during his final round, while Eckroat signed for a 72.

Junior Hayden Wood carded a 70 to move into a tie for 11th place at 216.

Senior Stratton Nolen posted his second consecutive 74 to finish at 223 and tied for 21st place.





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