May 16, 2012
Cowboys Look To Extend Record String In Michigan
Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team will be in search of an unprecedented 66th-straight NCAA Championship appearance this week when it begins NCAA Regional play on Thursday at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cowboys will be the No. 6 seed in the regional and will begin play at 8:20 a.m. (EST) at the par-71, 6,723-yard layout. OSU will be grouped with No. 4 seed Virginia and fifth-seeded Baylor. Teams will be regrouped according to score and position after the first round. The top five teams and top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Live scoring for the regional will be available at golfstat.com.
OSU In Regional Play
OSU has won nine regional titles dating back to 1989. That year, the three-regional system was implemented and used until 2008. During that time, the Cowboys competed in the Central Regional every year, winning titles in 1989, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Three years ago marked the first time a six-regional format was used. OSU hosted the South Central Regional and won its seventh regional title. In 2010, the Cowboys took the top spot at the Southeast Regional and last year OSU won the Colorado Regional. Nine times a Cowboy has claimed medalist honors at the event with Kevin Tway winning in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Kevin Wentworth (1989, 1990), Alan Bratton (1995), Bo Van Pelt (1997), Jonathan Moore (2006) and Peter Uihlein (2010) have also been regional medalists.
Regional Rewind ... 2011 Colorado Regional
The Cowboys posted a closing 282 to wrap up its third-straight NCAA Regional title at Colorado National Golf Club, finishing 18 shots ahead of the field. The Cowboys wrapped up the event at the par-72, 7,758-yard layout with a 31-under total of 833. Colorado State was second at 851, while Northwestern finished third at 855. Georgia and Arizona State shared fourth place at 857 to provide the regional's final two qualifying teams for the NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek in Stillwater. Cal Poly's Geoff Gonzalez claimed the regional's individual qualifying spot after tying for fourth place at 210. Individually, OSU's Kevin Tway captured medalist honors to extend OSU's string of individual winners to four-straight events this spring. The Edmond, Okla., native's victory was his second of the year and was his third regional victory after wins in 2008 and 2009, making him the first three-time regional winner in NCAA history. Tway posted a 69 during his final round to finish at 10-under 206 and one stroke clear of Arizona State's Scott Pinckney. Talor Gooch fired the squad's low round of the day with a 4-under 68 to finish alone in third place with a 209 total. Sean Einhaus recorded his best finish of the year as well, tying for fourth place at 210 after carding a 73 during his third round. Peter Uihlein gave OSU four top-10 finishers, tying for ninth place at 212 after signing for a 74 on Saturday. Morgan Hoffmann closed with a 72 to finish at 213 and alone in 13th place.
What 2 Watch 4
OSU has won an NCAA-best nine regional titles ... OSU has advanced to the NCAA Championship in all 65 years of the program's existence, which is also an NCAA record ... The Cowboys have won three-straight regional titles and have produced four medalists in a row at the event ... OSU’s starting lineup has just two players who have made regional starts ... Ian Davis, Patrick Winther and Tanner Kesterson will all be making their regional debuts ... OSU’s first-ever NCAA Championship appearance came in 1947 in Ann Arbor.