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NCAA Men's Golf: OSU falls to defending champion Oregon in semi-finals

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Making its return to match play at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship for the first time since 2014, Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team came up just short in its quarterfinal match against Oregon on Tuesday, suffering a 3-2 defeat at Rich Harvest Farms.

By advancing to match play, the Cowboys earned a fifth-place finish, marking the 53rd time in 70 NCAA Championship appearances OSU has finished in the top five.

The Cowboys posted the first two points of the match, getting victories from Viktor Hovland in the leadoff match and Zachary Olsen in Match 3 at the par-72, 7,300-yard layout.

Hovland defeated Wyndham Clark, 2 and 1, while Olsen took down Norman Xiong by a 3-and-1 count.

Starting on the back nine, Hovland lost the 11th and trailed until he squared the match at the 14th. He and Clark remained all square at the turn before Hovland won the first and second to take a 2-up lead. Clark won the fourth before the OSU freshman claimed the fifth and halved the final three holes to close out the match.

Olsen dropped the 12th before squaring his match at the 13th. Xiong took two of the next three holes and held a 1-up lead at the turn. The Cowboy senior squared the match at the second and again at the fourth before winning Nos. 5, 7 and 8 to put OSU’s second point of the day on the board.

Oregon answered quickly with Edwin Yi winning the final hole of his match against junior Kristoffer Ventura for a 1-up victory.

Ryan Gronlund evened the match at two apiece with a 2-and-1 victory over sophomore Zach Bauchou.

Sulman Raza closed out the match with a 2-and-1 triumph over sophomore Hayden Wood, rolling in a 10-foot birdie putt at the eighth hole to secure the Ducks’ third point and send Oregon into Tuesday afternoon’s semifinal round.

Quarterfinals, May 30

No. 1 Vanderbilt def. No. 8 UNLV, 3-2

No. 2 Oklahoma def. No. 7 Baylor, 3-2

No. 3 Illinois def. No. 6 Southern California, 3-1-1

No. 5 Oregon def. No. 4 Oklahoma State, 3-2

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