Oklahoma State Golf Wins Austin Regional, Grabs 70th Trip to NCAAs

[Cowboy Golf]
Written by Kyle Porter

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Michael Phelps’ 28 medals. And Oklahoma State golf’s 70 NCAA Championship appearances in 71 years as a program. Some of the most remarkable numbers in sports.

The Cowboys exacted revenge on Texas after a one-stroke Big 12 Championship loss by shooting a 14-under 270 on Wednesday to round out a 13-under 839 overall and grab its 12th regional win since the format was implemented in 1989. What made it even sweeter is that it was in Texas’ backyard at the University of Texas Golf Club.

“You always want to go into the nationals with momentum and, obviously, you have to take care of your business at the regionals. It’s always a potentially unsettling week. We didn’t get off to the greatest start in the first round, but I was pleased with what our guys did the last two days,” OSU head coach Alan Bratton said.

The top five teams from six regionals advance to the NCAA Championships which are in Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois and consist of four days of stroke play before going to an eight-team match play final.

Zach Olsen, Kristoff Ventura and Viktor Hovland all tied for fifth at the regional by shooting 3-under 210 over three rounds. Zach Bauchou added a 2-under 211 to round out the 13 under total. Iowa State’s Nick Voke shot a stunning 61 on Wednesday to grab the individual win. Nobody else could even break 65.

Voke actually set a new course record by four strokes.

So now Oklahoma State will head to the NCAAs later this month looking for its 11th national title but first since 2006 and first since the format moved to match play in 2009 (they lost in the finals to Augusta State in 2010 and to Alabama in 2014).

The win is Oklahoma State’s fifth in 12 tournaments on the year.