By Jason Elmquist
The Oklahoma State men's golf team won its second straight tournament Tuesday, wrapping up the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas with a 16-stroke advantage over the rest of the field.
“I think we’ve built momentum all fall and it was nice to put some distance between us and the rest of the field. I’m just really pleased with what we’ve done this week,” first-year coach Alan Bratton said. “We’ve improved in some areas that we’ve been focusing on, they hit their wedges a lot better and just took care of the ball. It was a good week.”
With five other teams ranked in the top 25, the third-ranked Cowboys matched their mark from the first round with a team total of 340 on the final day of competition to finish the 54-hole tournament with a 36-under par.
OSU made it a sweep of its final fall event with senior Kevin Dougherty, who was playing as Oklahoma State's No. 6 golfer, won with an 11-under after shooting an even-par 71 in the final round.
“I’m really pleased with Kevin Dougherty’s performance. He’s a fifth-year senior who was been working really hard on and off the golf course,” Bratton said. “... Last year he had gotten himself in a position to have a chance to win the individual, and didn’t. I think he built on that experience today and was able to finish off the tournament.”
Cowboy teammate Wyndham Clark made a push in the final round for top honors with a 6-under 65 to finish tied for second, one stroke off Dougherty.
Oklahoma State's top golfer, Ian Davis, who is the 25th-ranked collegiate golfer, finished fourth at 9-under after carding a 67 in the final round. Talor Gooch gave OSU four golfers in the top 5 as he finished tied for fifth at 8-under.
“That’s the goal every week, to have your five or six guys battling for first,” Bratton said. “It was nice to see Kevin win and it was nice that he was having to try to stay ahead of his teammates.”
The Cowboys will be on winter hiatus until February when they will compete at the American Airlines Invitational in Hawaii.
“We need to make good use of the good weather that we have in November, December and then come back out strong after Christmas,” Bratton said. “That’s ultimately going to determine our success — that preparation we’ll put in between now and the start of the spring.
“I just think this preparation is important as we move toward the end of the year. It’s nice to win in the regular season, but we’re trying to get ready to challenge for the Big 12 championship and do something special at the end of the year.”