April 1, 2009

Courtesy of OKlahoma State Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team earned its first victory of the spring season on Tuesday, running away from the field to win the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the University of Texas Golf Club.

Entering their final round with a 15-shot lead, the second-ranked Cowboys used a 10-over 294 to extend the cushion to 25 shots over runner-up Arkansas. OSU finished the event with an 11-over 863 total, while the Razorbacks tallied an 888 total and Southern California came in third at 891.

The victory was the Cowboys’ first since winning the Ping/Golfweek Preview last September and marked the 11th time OSU has won the Morris Williams. The victory makes the event the second-most successful tournament for the Cowboys, trailing only their 21 Big Eight Conference wins.

OSU got a solid team effort with four of its five starters finishing in the top 10, including freshman Morgan Hoffmann, who recorded his second career victory.

The Saddle Brook, N.J., native fired his second consecutive 70 to finish at 1-under 212 and tied for medalist honors with USC’s Tom Glissmeyer. Hoffmann entered the day tied for seventh place, but used a steady round that included three birdies and 14 pars to move to the top spot on the leaderboard and earn his first win since emerging victorious in his collegiate debut at the Preview.

Sophomore Kevin Tway finished alone in third place after carding a 75 to finish at 216. Senior Trent Leon earned a top five of his own, tying for fifth place at 220 after carding a 74 during his final round.

Coming off his first career win in his last start at the Linger Longer Invitational, junior Trent Whitekiller turned in a solid performance as well. The Sallisaw, Okla., native posted a 75 on Tuesday to finish tied for seventh at 221.

Sophomore Rickie Fowler carded a 78 to close out play, tying him for 19th place at 224.

The Cowboys will be back in action on April 5 at the U.S. Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga.