NCAA Golf: Cowboys Aim For Title

SUNRIVER, Ore. ( — Oklahoma State's men's golf team posted an even-par 288 team score during Friday to charge up the leaderboard and into a second-place tie with one round to play at the NCAA Championship being held at Sunriver Golf Course.

The No. 2-ranked Cowboys entered the day in seventh place and nine shots out of the lead, but were one of just three teams in the field to shoot even par or better during the third round, moving them into a three-way tie for second at 860, 4-under.

OSU will head into the final round three shots off the pace of Washington and tied for the No. 2 position with Wake Forest and Arizona State. The four teams are the only squads in the 30-team field under par through 54 holes.

"I am glad the conditions were like they were today, because I don't think we would have done very well if this would have turned into a birdie fest," OSU head coach Mike McGraw said. "We got some weather today and handled it well. We were able to take advantage of it and put together one of the day's better rounds."

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Moore moved from a second-place tie into sole possession of first place at 9-under 207 after firing a 69 during his third round. The Vancouver, Wash., native will take a one-stroke lead over Wake Forest's Kyle Reifers into play Saturday. The round was Moore's ninth consecutive under par and marked the eighth time in his last nine rounds he has posted a number in the 60s.

Two shots off Moore's pace is sophomore Pablo Martin, who posted a 71 on Friday to come in alone in third place at 209. The Malaga, Spain, native got to 3-under after consecutive birdies, on Nos. 15 and 16 to join Moore atop the leaderboard, but suffered a double bogey on his final hole to slip into third place.

Senior Zack Robinson posted birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to get in with a 2-over 74 and end the day tied for 74th place with a 5-over 221 total.

Junior Tyler Leon carded his second consecutive 74 to move into a tie for 92nd place at 223, while true freshman Trent Leon turned in his best round of the tournament thus far, carding a 3-over 75 on the day to finish play tied for 126th place at 12-over 228.

The Cowboys take aim at earning their 10th NCAA title Saturday when they tee off at 9:21 a.m. (PST) at the par-72, 7,630-yard layout.

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