What an exciting five days it’s been at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Ok. Today, Oklahoma State advanced past second-ranked Texas A&M and fifth-ranked Auburn in order to advance to the NCAA Golf National Championship tomorrow afternoon.
For the first time since 2014, the Cowboys will take aim at a team national title in the match play portion of the championship, and they’ll have to go through a familiar foe to do it. They’ll take on the sixth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide who swept Duke 5-0 this afternoon, respectively. ‘Bama took down OSU 4-1 in the 2014 National Title, so you can bet there will be an edge to the team and coach Alan Bratton tomorrow afternoon.
Viktor Hovland led the way for OSU this afternoon, going bogey-free in his round and winning 4&3.
The Cowboys also got some major contributions from junior Zach Bauchou (4&3), and freshman Austin Eckroat (3&2). The pressure was on late and Auburn kept hanging around, but Eckroat was able to deliver the death blow with a salty chip on the 16th that left SEC Player of the Year, Brandon Mancheno, with a must-make chip from the rough.
He would miss.
Tee times have yet to be announced for tomorrow’s title matches, but we will be sure to update this story when those become available.