College Men

Oklahoma State maintains Amer Ari lead

Jordan Niebrugge won his first collegiate victory at The Amer Ari Invitational Feb. 8 and lead the Cowboys to the team title, too.
Jordan Niebrugge won his first collegiate victory at The Amer Ari Invitational Feb. 8 and lead the Cowboys to the team title, too.

Friday, February 7, 2014

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Oklahoma State led by as many as nine shots midway through the second round at the Amer Ari Invitational, but will start Saturday's final round with just a two-shot lead over Oregon.

Eight teams are within eight shots of the Cowboys, who are No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

Oklahoma State was once again paced by Wyndham Clark (3-under 69) and Jordan Niebrugge (4-under 68), while Talor Gooch was the hot man on Friday with a 6-under 66. Clark and Niebrugge are T-7 in the individual race.

Oregon was a big mover Friday, with Thomas Lim contributing a 3-under 69 and is second on the individual leaderboard, while Brandon McIver fired a 5-under 67 after an opening 1-under 71 on Thursday. Max Carter and Sulman Raza matched Lim's 69.

Some big-name programs also moved their way up the leaderboard. A quick glance at the movement:

• A day after a disappointing 2-under 286, Georgia Tech (No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings) had the round of the day with at 18 under, jumping up to T-7 and just eight shots off the lead. Vince Whaley led the charge for the Jackets, posting a 7-under 65 and is T-12 individually. Ollie Schniederjans fired a second consecutive 3-under 69 and is T-15.

• Washington, No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, is solo third after going 16 under Friday, led by Cheng-Tsung Pan's 7-under 65 and Gerrit Chambers' 4-under 68.

• No. 17 UCLA was 17 under Friday to jump from 13th to sixth and the Bruins are just six shots off the lead. Lorens Chan fired a 7-under 65 and is T-2 at 11 under for the tournament.

• Stanford was 12 under Friday – largely due to Cameron Wilson's 7-under 65, which sent him into the individual lead at 12 under overall. There are 17 players within five shots of Wilson.