Feb. 19, 2012
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Oklahoma State's men's golf team opened play on Sunday with a 294 at the Puerto Rico Classic to stand in 10th place at Rio Mar Country Club.
With their 6-over score, the Cowboys finished the day two shots behind North Carolina State and four strokes off the pace of Georgia Tech. Alabama stormed to the team lead with a 12-under 276 at the par-72, 6,902-yard layout. The Tide bested Clemson by seven shots on the day.
Alabama's Justin Thomas grabbed the individual lead after carding a 67 to lead Purdue's Adam Schenk by one.
Sophomore Ian Davis led OSU's starting five, turning in a 1-under 71 to stand in a tie for 17th place. Davis started his day on the par-3 14th and logged his first birdie of the day at the 15th. After nine pars in a row, he offset a bogey at the seventh with a birdie at the eighth to move back into red figures. Davis moved back to level par with a bogey at the 12th before closing his round with a birdie on the next hole.
Classmate Talor Gooch came in a stroke back at 72 and tied for 21st place.
Freshman Tanner Kesterson made his Cowboy debut with a 74 to finish the day tied for 36th place.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 8 a.m. and will be grouped with North Carolina and UNCG.