Cowboys Extend NCAA String

ATLANTA, Ga. — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team extended its record string of Championship appearances to 64-straight berths with its victory on Saturday at the Southeast Regional at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

The Cowboys closed with a 3-under 277 at the par-70, 7,182-yard layout to finish at 841, 1-over, and two shots ahead of Clemson. Also advancing were Georgia Tech (845), Arizona State (863) and Georgia Southern (863).

“In the five years that I have been head coach we have only come from behind to win a tournament twice,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “We haven’t had a history of doing that so I am very happy that it happened. The golf course I thought held its own and played really tough the whole week. Our guys played our best round today so I was real happy with that for sure.”

In addition to earning their fifth win of the season, the victory was OSU’s eighth regional title and second consecutive after capturing the South Central Regional crown on their home course, Karsten Creek, last year.

For the third consecutive year, the Cowboys also produced the medalist in their respective regional with sophomore Peter Uihlein coming from behind with a final-round 68 to finish at 4-under 206 and two shots clear of Georgia Southern’s Logan Blondell.

Uihlein, who finished second last year to junior teammate Kevin Tway at the event, was one shot off the pace of BYU’s Robbie Fillmore entering his final round. The Orlando, Fla., native was bogey-free over his first 12 holes and stood at 3-under before making his lone bogey of the day at the 13th. Uihlein played even-par golf over his final five holes to secure his team-leading third victory of the year.

“I positioned the ball pretty well,” Uihlein said. “At the tee, I really made sure to see where the pins were before I teed off and tried to position myself so I had the best angle coming in. I was able to execute and do that. I might not have hit every fairway but I was on the right angles so I was able to attack all of the flags.”

Sophomore Morgan Hoffmann fired his second-straight 69 to move into a tie for third place at 209. The finish marked the third consecutive top 10 for the Wyckoff, N.J., native and was his best showing since tying for third at the Gifford Collegiate in November.

Tway, who claimed medalist honors in each of his first two career regional appearances, finished among the group tied for 17th place at 213 after posting a closing 69.

For the third consecutive day, senior Trent Whitekiller posted a 71 to finish among the players with a 213 total as well.

Redshirt freshman Sean Einhaus’ 72 tied him for 34th place at 218.

The Cowboys will be back in action on June 1 when they travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Championship.

Updated 05-24-2010

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