Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team used a final round 17-under to propel themselves to a fourth-place finish just five shots behind winner Pepperdine at the Amer Ari invitational.
The Cowboys were carried for most of the tournament by sophomore Aman Gupta who shot a first round 7-under 65 and finished T-3. He followed that up with 4-under 68 in round two. Gupta and junior Austin Eckroat were the only two Cowboys to not card a score of double-bogey or worse in the tournament.
Gupta finished the tournament with a 1-under 71 and in a tie for third with a score of 12-under and one shot behind the winner. Pepperdine’s William Mouw and Arizona State’s Mason Andersen were both 13-under on the tournament, and Mouw won in a playoff.
The Cowboy’s lone returning starter from last season Austin Eckroat struggled to gain momentum throughout the tournament. He ended with a score of 5-under and in a tied for 38th. Eckroat shot a first round 3-under 69, but followed it up with a 1-over 73 in round two.
Freshman Brian Stark struggled the first two rounds. He shot a first round 2-over 74, and followed it up with 1-under 71. Stark started his second round with two straight birdies but bogeyed his third and triple-bogeyed the par-3 seventh. He started the back nine strong also with birdies on five of the first six holes then double-bogeyed the par-4 sixteenth. Stark finished the tournament strong with a 6-under 66 to finish at 5-under for the tournament.
Senior Ferdinand Muller shot a first round 1-under 71 and followed that with a 2-under 70 to move to 3-under for the tournament. Muller skyrocketed up the leaderboard in round three firing off a 6-under 66 to finish at 9-under and T-10.
Individual Dillon Stewart shot a 2-over 74 in the third round to finish the tournament tied for 65th at 1-over par. Sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen fired off a 2-under 70 and finished T-49 at 1-under.
The Cowboys in the second round carded three double-bogeys and one triple-bogey, and added two more double-bogeys in round three.
The Cowboy’s shot an astounding 33-under par on par-5’s in the tournament. They bogeyed only two par-5’s throughout the tournament. The Cowboy’s recorded an eagle and 33 birdies on par-5’s.
The Cowboys shattered expectations with their fourth-place finish in the Amer Ari Invitational. They used a third-round score of 17-under to move up two spots in the final round and put pressure on the leader.