2004: College - Cowboys corral title entering regionals
Mike Holder knows the importance of gaining momentum going into the NCAA postseason. That’s one of the reasons he has his Oklahoma State team play in the Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate each year. Holder also has ties with this small central Oklahoma town, having graduated from Ardmore High School before going off to college at Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys won the Maxwell May 16 for the sixth time, including three consecutive titles. OSU also won three consecutive Maxwells from 1996 to ’98.
With a final-round 4-over-par 284 for a 7-under 833 total, Oklahoma State won by six strokes over Augusta State, which had the best closing round, shooting 2-under 278 at par-70 Dornick Hills Country Club.
Oklahoma, playing without its No. 1 player, Anthony Kim, who injured his left ankle earlier in the week (he was expected back for regionals this week), finished third at 3-over 843.
In 2002, following its Maxwell victory, OSU tied for first at the Central Regional, although it placed 16th at the NCAA finals. Last year, the Cowboys went on to capture the Central Regional and finish second at the NCAA, two strokes behind Clemson.
“This (victory) is very pleasing because we haven’t won all spring,” said Holder, whose team won the Jerry Pate in the fall and is No. 8 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin College Rankings. “You can talk all you want about being a good team, but you have to go out there and show it.
“This may not have been a super strong field, but the way I look at it, a win is a win and there is no doubt it should give us a confidence boost for regionals.”
On the individual side, Colorado senior Kane Webber secured the title with an 18-foot birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Tulsa senior David Inglis. Both finished at 5-under 205. Last year, Inglis lost this tournament by a stroke when Oklahoma State’s Hunter Mahan birdied the final hole.
Oklahoma’s Doug Manor, the co-leader with Webber after two rounds at 6-under 134, closed with 72 and finished third at 4-under 206.
For Webber, an Australian, it was his third victory this spring, added to his victories at the Western Intercollegiate and the Boilermaker Classic April 11 at the Kampen Course at Purdue, site of the Central Regional where Webber and the Buffaloes will be competing along with Oklahoma State May 20-22.
“This is definitely the time you want your game to be peaking and I think mine is getting there,” Webber said. “My college career is coming to a close and I’d really like to go out with a bang. This was a good start.
“Winning here and before that, winning at Purdue where the regionals are, makes me feel good going into the Central tournament.”