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May 16, 2009

Depth extends Oklahoma State’s NCAA Championship streak

The celebration was nothing more than a quick fist pump and an exchange of handshakes amongst the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Oklahoma State won the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday at Karsten Creek Golf Club and advanced to its 63rd-straight NCAA Championship. The tournament was only the school’s fifth collegiate tournament appearance at its home course.

It was a significant emergence of depth that gave Oklahoma State a 22-stroke victory and, even though the three-top Cowboys — Rickie Fowler, Morgan Hoffmann and Trent Leon — all struggled, the bottom half of the lineup shined. Kevin Tway won the event by one stroke, just ahead of OSU’s Peter Ulhlein.

“That’s what we need to have,” said OSU coach Mike McGraw. “We need to know that those guys, wherever they are in the lineup, that everybody has a chance to play well.”

Ulhlein has had three-straight top-ten finishes and, despite missing the Big 12 Championship, Tway was one of only two Cowboys to start in all of Oklahoma State’s regular season tournaments.

“We’ve known all year that we have a pretty deep team,” Ulhlein said. “It’s just getting us to play together at the right time and all of us playing well at the same time.”

With the NCAA Championships less than two weeks away, it’s a perfect time for the Cowboys to be getting production from each player in their lineup. But there are still things to work on according to McGraw.

“I still think we need to play smarter golf,” he said. “I’m really happy with the way they played and excited they played well. I still think there’s a lot of things we can do better.”

Tway shot a three-round even-par, 216 and Ulhlein carded a 1-over, 217. Fowler finished with an 8-over, 224 in 12th place and Hoffmann shot a 10-over, 226. Leon rounded out OSU scores with a 12-over, 228.

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