Cowboys In Sixth But Still Looking To Move Up

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State's men's golf team posted a 293 during the second day of stroke play at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship to stand in sixth place at Karsten Creek. The Cowboys' 36-hole total of 585, 9-over par, was five shots off the pace of Alabama for fifth place and three strokes ahead of seventh place Augusta State.

Georgia Tech posted a 2-over 290 to see its lead trimmed to just one shot over UCLA heading into Thursday's final round. The Yellow Jackets hold a 36-hole total of 573 heading into their third round.

"I think we let our own golf course push us around a little bit the last couple of days," OSU head coach Mike McGraw said. "I was real proud of Kevin (Tway) today. He tripled that second hole and shot two over today. Had a double some place in the back. It was nice that he fought back hard. Peter (Uihlein) played a fantastic round today, so that was good for us, but we kind of let it push us around a little bit."

The top eight teams following Thursday's third round will advance to match play, which will begin Friday, to determine the NCAA champion.

"Right now, I'm just concerned with playing a good round of golf tomorrow," McGraw said. "I just want to go out tomorrow, top-to-bottom, one through five, everybody put together a pretty good round and I'd be a little happier I think."

LSU's John Peterson fired a 7-under 65 to move into the top spot on the individual leaderboard at 139. He will begin tomorrow's final round of stroke play one shot ahead of first-round leader James White of Georgia Tech in the race for the tournament's individual champion.

OSU's Peter Uihlein moved into contention on Wednesday, firing a 69 to move from a tie for 34th into a tie for sixth place at 2-under 142.

Uihlein got out of the gate quickly with an eagle-birdie start. He added birdies at the fourth and sixth holes before making the turn at 5-under 31. After bogeys at the 10th, 14th and 17th, the Orlando, Fla., native birdied the par-5 18th to get in with his 3-under total.

"I just have to fine-tune some things. I didn't hit it particularly well and I will try to figure it out on the range. We will see," Uihlein said. "I hope there is some wind and we can be a little bit more creative and not have to be so precise when there is no wind. Hopefully it blows tomorrow."

Junior Morgan Hoffmann moved up 18 spots into a tie for 46th place at 148 after posting a 73 during his second round.

Freshman Talor Gooch followed an opening 72 with a 77 to stand at 149 and tied for 53rd place, while senior Kevin Tway's 74 moved him into a tie for 74th place at 151.

Sophomore Sean Einhaus posted an 80 to come in at 152 and tied for 78th.

The Cowboys will begin their third round tomorrow at 12:20 p.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Georgia and Alabama.

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