Oklahoma State fails to advance to NCAA Championship


For the first time in program history, the Oklahoma State men's golf team will not compete in the finals of the NCAA championship.

The Cowboys failed to qualify for the finals at Riviera C.C. when they finished eighth out of 13 teams in the Ann Arbor (Mich.) regional tournament on Saturday. The five-man team finished at 11 over par in the 54-hole event. The team was 14 shots shy of the fifth-place cutoff to advance to the finals, to be played May 29-June 3.

Oklahoma State had advanced to the NCAA championship in each year of the program's existence, dating back to 1947.

The top four scores out of the five competing players are used to create a composite team score for each round. The Cowboys opened with 6-over 290. In the second round, they rallied to shoot 1 under as a team. On the final day, Oklahoma State again posted a total 290. 

University of Southern California won the regional by a shot over University of Oregon at 11 under par. Kent State, Virginia and Texas Christian University rounded out the five teams to advance.

Two-time defending national champion Augusta State will not have the opportunity for a third consecutive title. They finished four shots out of qualifying for the finals through the Athens (Ga.) regional.