Cowboys To Face Buckeyes In Match Play

Oklahoma State's men's golf team has not been pleased with its performance this week in the 2011 NCAA Golf Championship but the Cowboys accomplished what they set out to do Thursday in finishing in a tie for third during stroke play to qualify for match play. The Cowboys earned the No. 3 seed and will face sixth-seeded Ohio State in a quarterfinal match beginning at 12:15 p.m. Friday.

The Cowboys, ranked No. 1 in the nation throughout the spring season, shot a 6-over par 294 during Thursday's final round of stroke play to jump from sixth place into a tie for third with Illinois.

The top eight teams in stroke play advance to the match play quarterfinals on Friday. The four quarterfinal winners will play in Saturday's semifinals with the winners advancing to Sunday's championship match.

The Cowboys have advanced to the match play competition the last two seasons after finishing first during 54 holes of stroke play in both 2009 and 2010, but were then defeated by Georgia in the first round two years ago and lost to Augusta (Ga.) State in the championship match a year ago.

"In hindsight, you want to win every tournament you play in. I guess we accomplished what we needed to accomplish, which was to get to match play. The tournament starts anew tomorrow and it's going to be exciting; I know it will be," said OSU head coach Mike McGraw.

"It's been exciting the last two years. I really loved it. It's been a lot of fun for us to be involved in it. I'm thrilled that we have a chance to do it here at home and I hope that means our fans are going to show up to watch us play because I think they can see a lot of exciting golf."

In addition to the Oklahoma State-Ohio State matchup on Friday, the other quarterfinals are:
No. 1 seed UCLA vs. No. 8 seed Duke, beginning at 10 a.m.
No. 4 seed Illinois vs. No. 5 seed Georgia, 10:45 a.m.
No. 2 seed Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 seed Augusta State, 11:30 a.m.

OSU junior Peter Uihlein finished in a tie for third with four other players behind medalist John Peterson of LSU and second-place finisher Patrick Cantlay of UCLA. Peterson won the NCAA individual title with a 5-under par 211 to edge Cantlay by one stroke.

Uihlein and four others finished the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament four strokes back of Peterson at 1-under.

The other Cowboys finished as follows:
Morgan Hoffmann, tied for 38th at plus-7
Kevin Tway, tied for 38th at plus-7
Talor Gooch, tied for 50th at plus-8
Sean Einhaus, tied for 66th at plus-10

The lineup for Friday's match against Ohio State will be:
12:15 p.m., Talor Gooch (Oklahoma State) vs. Alex Redfield (Ohio State)
12:24 p.m., Sean Einhaus (Oklahoma State) vs. Michael Cress (Ohio State)
12:33 p.m., Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State) vs. Dan Charen (Ohio State)
12:42 p.m., Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State) vs. Brad Smith (Ohio State)
12:51 p.m., Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State) vs. Bo Hoag (Ohio State)

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