College Men

No. 1 OSU outlasts ’Bama at Linger Longer

Oklahoma State senior Kevin Tway
Oklahoma State senior Kevin Tway ( Tracy Wilcox )

Sunday, March 28, 2010

That’s more like it.

After finishing 11th out of 15 teams March 16 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Oklahoma State bounced back Sunday winning the Linger Longer Invitational.

The Cowboys, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed with a 2-under 286 at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro, Ga., to outlast Alabama (283) by two shots. Oklahoma State finished at 1-over 865.

It was Oklahoma State’s third victory of the season.

Defending NCAA champion and fourth-ranked Texas A&M (284) was third at 874. No. 20 Georgia Tech (281) and No. 18 Georgia (280) tied for fourth at 879.

Oklahoma State junior Kevin Tway made six birdies and an eagle in a closing 5-under 67. He finished second at 210, four shots ahead of Cowboys redshirt freshman Sean Einhaus, who finished third.

It was Tway’s third top-3 finish in his last four starts and the fifth time in his last six outings he has been among the top 10.

After opening with a bogey-free 64, Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley cruised to a six-shot victory in the individual race. Cauley, No. 21 in Golfweek’s rankings, finished at 12-under 204, a 54-hole career low. It was his third career title and second this season.

“Bud was great this weekend,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said. “When he is on – and he was at this tournament – he is really hard to beat. He has struggled a little this spring, and really struggled in the first round. This week he came out and almost put it away on the first day and then, as always, he finished strong.”

Georgia’s Russell Henley, No. 1 in Golfweek’s rankings, tied for 10th at 2-over 218.

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