Hovland takes U.S. Amateur title

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The OSU men's golf team celebrates its NCAA National Championships title at Karsten Creek.

The Oklahoma State men’s golf team’s trophy-laden summer continued Sunday as junior Viktor Hovland became the fifth Cowboy to win the U.S. Amateur on Sunday at Pebble Beach, California.

Hovland broke the record for the fewest holes needed to claim the title with 104 as he finished his final match with a 6-and-5 victory against UCLA’s Devon Bling. He reached the 18th hole only once throughout match play.

Hovland joined Labron Harris Jr., Bob Dickson, Scott Verplank and Peter Uihlein in the group of Cowboys who won the prestigious championship. He also became the first Norwegian to claim the title.

Hovland isn’t the only Cowboy to claim an amateur championship this summer. Seniors Zach Bauchou and Hayden Wood took home titles.

Bauchou defended his Canadian Amateur title with a three-stroke victory, putting him four spots ahead of former teammate Sam Stevens, who was on the 2018 national title team as the alternate.

Wood took home the Oklahoma Golf Associations Amateur Golf Championship. He defeated his teammate, sophomore Austin Eckroat, 3-and-2. Wood’s title made it four championships in five years. Former teammate Brendon Jelley won it in 2014,’15 and ‘17.

Hovland defeated Wood  in the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals on the way to his title.

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