Oklahoma State entered the Querencia Cabo Collegiate ranked eighth in the country and with five of its players in Golfweek‘s top 75 individually. It’s that depth that have many thinking of the Cowboys as a national-championship threat.
After Tuesday’s big victory at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, Oklahoma State showed that ability. It placed three of its players in the top 6 and got a big performance out of little-used senior Zachary Olsen, who played a significant role on the Cowboys’ 2014 NCAA runner-up squad.
The Cowboys shot 13-under 271 in the final round on Querencia’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course in Los Cabos, Mexico. They finished at 29-under 823 to win by 10 shots over No. 7 Baylor.
No. 45 Washington, which boasted individual medalist Corey Pereira, tied for third with No. 15 Wake Forest at 7 under. No. 14 Texas was fourth at 6 under, followed by top-ranked Vanderbilt at 1 over.
Kristoffer Ventura and Zach Bauchou each tied for second at 8 under for Oklahoma State. They each have played in six events now for the Cowboys. Hayden Wood now has five events under his belt as he finished solo sixth for Oklahoma State. Olsen’s T-13 finish was a big boost for the Cowboys as Olsen had made just two starts on the season before this week.
Pereira is ranked 13th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, but has been overlooked often. He didn’t even receive an invite to the U.S. Walker Cup practice session. This victory, in which he shot 9 under thanks to consecutive 67s to close his tournament, should put the Washington senior on the Walker Cup radar.
Vanderbilt was led by Matthias Schwab at T-11, but the Commodores didn’t have another player in the top 20. Wake Forest junior Will Zalatoris stayed in the Haskins Award conversation with a T-7 finish.