Sept. 28, 2009

 

Courtesy of Oklahoma St. Athletics

BREMERTON, Wash. - Oklahoma State's men's golf team earned its first team title of the year in dominating fashion on Monday. OSU rolled to a 22-shot victory at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

The Cowboys entered their final round with a 12-shot cushion over Washington and used a 3-under 285 to extend their lead by 10 shots over the Huskies. Overall, OSU finished with a 54-hole total of 862, 2-under par. Washington came in at 884 and Arizona State was third at 889.

OSU also controlled the individual leaderboard as Peter Uihlein, Morgan Hoffmann and Trent Whitekiller went 1-2-3 in the individual race. The three Cowboys were also the only players in the field to finish at par or better at the par-72, 7,061-yard layout.

Uihlein fired his second consecutive 71 to finish at 5-under 211 and two shots clear of Hoffmann. The victory was the second of the sophomore's career. Last spring, Uihlein won the Gaillardia Intercollegiate where he competed as an individual.

A native of Orlando, Fla., Uihlein began Monday's round with a three-shot lead and fought off a late charge by his teammate to earn the victory. One-over par with two to play, Uihlein found himself tied with Hoffmann, but birdied his final two holes to separate himself.

Hoffmann endured an eventful front nine that included just one par. The Wyckoff, N.J., native birdied his first two holes, but dropped back to even with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4. After a par at the fifth, he sandwiched birdies at Nos. 6 and 9 around bogeys at Nos. 7 and 8 to turn at level par. Hoffmann settled in with three-straight pars to open his back nine before a birdie-eagle stretch over his next two holes moved him to 3-under par. After parring out, he signed for a 69 and a 3-under 213 total to earn his third career runner-up finish.

Whitekiller was impressive for the second consecutive outing. After taking medalist honors at the Fighting Illini Invitational to open the fall, the Sallisaw, Okla., native posted a 72 on Monday to come in with an even-par total of 216 and in sole possession of third.

Standing at 4-over par through eight holes, Whitekiller began to turn his day around with a birdie at the ninth to go out with a 3-over total of 36. His back nine included four birdies, three of which came over the final five holes to get back to even for his round.

Junior Kevin Tway posted his best round of the event with a 73 during the final round to tie for 37th place at 228, 12-over par.

Junior Mark Johnson closed with an 82 to finish at 233 and in a tie for 57th place.

The Cowboys will return to action on Oct. 25 when they open play at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla.