HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- Oklahoma States mens golf team earned its second tournament title of the fall season on Tuesday morning, defeating Georgia Tech, 4-0-1, in the championship match at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship being held at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.
The second-seeded Cowboys breezed past the top-seeded Yellow Jackets en route to their first-ever win at the event. OSU was dominant in the tournament, winning 15 of its 20 individual matches on its way to a 4-0 record and its first team title since winning the Ping/Golfweek Preview in September.
'This is a fantastic tournament,' said Oklahoma State Assistant Coach Alan Bratton. 'This was my first experience with this event and I really like the format because it is so competitive. A tournament like this allows you to learn so much about your players. This type of format helps us teach our players how to play better in stroke play in a very competitive environment. It is a great way to wrap up our fall season.'
Freshman Pablo Martin, the nations top-ranked golfer, ran his record to 4-0 in the tournament, winning 4 and 3 over Roberto Castro at the No. 1 position. The Malaga, Spain native, who only trailed for six holes the entire tournament, won his first hole on Tuesday and never trailed in the match.
Junior Zack Robinson evened his mark at 2-2 after posting a 2-and-1 victory over Chan Song at the No. 2 spot. The Ft. Worth, Texas native fell behind on the first hole, but claimed the lead with a victory on the fourth hole and maintained the advantage for his second consecutive win.
Senior Alex Norn posted his second decisive win of the event, routing Nicholas Thompson, 7 and 5, to finish 2-2 overall. The Stockholm, Sweden native won his first four holes and was 6-up at the turn before ending the match on the 12th hole.
Junior Chris Clarke won his fourth consecutive match for the Cowboys, hanging on down the stretch for a 1-up victory over Michael Barbosa. The Rotherham, England native led for 17 of the 18 holes and built his lead to 4-up with five to play before halving the final hole to win the match.
Sophomore Zac Reynolds waged a see-saw battle with Kevin Larsen at the No. 5 position and won the 18th hole to halve his match and remain unbeaten at 3-0-1. The Edmond, Okla., native led for eight of the first 14 holes before Larsen took his first lead with two to play. However, Reynolds made four on the final hole to draw even and split the match.
(2) Oklahoma State def. (1) Georgia Tech, 4-0-1
Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State def. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech, 4 & 3
Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State def. Chan Song, Georgia Tech, 2 &1
Alex Norn, Oklahoma State def. Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech, 7 &5
Chris Clarke, Oklahoma State def. Michael Barbosa, Georgia Tech, 1-up
Zac Reynolds, Oklahoma State halve Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech