OSU Moves into Match Play as No. 3 Seed


Friday, June 3rd 2011, 12:18 am
By: News 9


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STILLWATER, Oklahoma – OSU took advantage of a windy day to move into a third-place tie at the NCAA Golf Championship and advance to match play.

The Cowboys were in sixth place going into the day, but held steady while others around them struggled in the tough conditions.

OSU's three day team total was 879, tying them with Illinois for third place. OSU held the tiebreaker over the Illini to get the third-place spot for match play.

While getting to play at Karsten Creek was already a huge "home field advantage," a day full of strong winds only increased that advantage.

OSU coach Mike McGraw said he was secretly hoping for a little bit of wind, because his team is so used to adapting to those conditions.

"It magnifies everything," he said. "That didn't mean we were going to play better. It didn't mean we were going to separate ourselves or play any better than anyone else, it just meant it could get exciting out here.

"When the wind blows, hold on, because it can be a little fun out here."

UCLA won the stroke play part of the championship and will have the top seed heading into Friday.

Now that the first three stroke play rounds are over, the top eight team finishers are seeded and begin a three-day match play format.

Oklahoma State will take on sixth-seeded Ohio State on Friday, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.

Team Results

1. UCLA (+8)

2. Georgia Tech (+11)

T3. Oklahoma State (+15)

T3. Illinois (+15)

5. Georgia (+20)

6. Ohio State (+23)

7. Augusta State (+24)

8. Duke (+25)