Oklahoma State opens spring with Amer Ari victory
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Oklahoma State, the No. 3 team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, kicked off its spring season with a wire-to-wire victory at the Amer Ari Invitational.
The Cowboys closed the tournament the same way they started it, by carding a 17-under 271 Saturday at Waikoloa (Hawaii) Kings' Course to finish at 45 under, 12 shots better than runner-up and 13th-ranked Washington.
The victory is Oklahoma State's third straight team title dating to last fall. The Cowboys also had a pair of third-place finishes during the fall.
No. 25 USC shared third place at 29 under with No. 57 TCU and No. 60 Oregon, two teams that had somewhat disappointing fall seasons. No. 26 Auburn was solo sixth at 28 under while second-ranked Georgia Tech, the highest-ranked team in the field, tied for seventh at 27 under with Texas, Stanford and UCLA.
Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge took medalist honors at 16 under, one shot ahead of USC's Jeffrey Kang. Niebrugge carded a 7-under 65 Saturday that included seven birdies and an eagle, at the par-5 18th, his final hole.
Wyndham Clark (T-5) also notched a top 10 for the Cowboys.
Stanford's Cameron Wilson was third at 14 under while teammates Patrick Rodgers tied for seventh at 11 under with USC freshman Rico Hoey, who was one of three USC players in the top 10 (with Kang and Anthony Paolucci).
Two other freshmen, Oregon's Thomas Lim (T-5) and TCU's Chelso Barrett (T-9), also notched top 10s.