Sept. 26, 2010
Stillwater, Okla. – Kyle Scott and James White carded 2-over-par 74s Sunday, and eighth-ranked Georgia Tech shot 10-over-par 298 and is in third place after the first round of the Ping/Golfweek Preview Invitational.
The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday at the difficult 7,403-yard, par 72 Karsten Creek Golf Club, site of next spring’s NCAA Division I Championship. The 15-team field features 14 teams in the 2010-11 Golfweek top 30 preseason rankings, including seven of the top 10 and four of the top five.
“Our guys did a great job today,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “To have all five guys in the game says a lot about how they can hang in there. If we can handle playing this course against this competition, then we’ll be all right.
“Today we had a pretty strong wind to play in and this is a very demanding golf course. If you’re off the fairway, it’s probably lost. You can’t take even one shot off. It requires you play every part of your game well.”
Host school Oklahoma State, ranked 12th in the nation, shot even-par 288 and opened a nine-stroke lead on No. 9 Texas A&M. The 2009 NCAA champion Aggies shot 9-over-par 297. The Cowboys have three individuals among the top five.
Tech is in third, another stroke back, followed by Georgia, Oregon and UCLA, tied for fourth place at 12-over 300. Texas Tech is in seventh place at 15-over-par 303, and reigning NCAA champion Augusta State is in eighth at 16-over 304.
Only two players, Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch (3-under 69) and Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander (1-under 71) broke par Sunday. A&M’s Conrad Shindler and the Cowboys’ Peter Uihlein are tied for third at even-par 72.
PING/GOLFWEEK PREVIEW INVITATIONAL
Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Okla.
1 Oklahoma State 288
2 Texas A&M 297
3 Georgia Tech 298
T4 Georgia 300
T4 UCLA 300
T4 Oregon 300
7 Texas Tech 303
8 Augusta State 304
9 Arizona State 307
10 Texas 310
11 TCU 312
12 Virginia 313
13 UNLV 321
14 Clemson 324
15 Southern California 331
1 Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State 69
2 Henrik Norlander, Augusta State 71
T3 Conrad Shindler, Texas A&M 72
T3 Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State 72
T5 Case Cochran, Texas A&M 73
T5 Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State 73
T5 Ben Kohles, Virginia 73
T8 Robbie Ziegler, Oregon 74
T8 Eugene Wong, Oregon 74
T8 Gregor Main, UCLA 74
T8 Scott Pinckney, Arizona State 74
T8 Drew Page, Oklahoma State 74
T8 Pontus Gadm TCU 74
T8 James Byrne, Arizona State 74
T8 Michael Cromie, Georgia 74
T8 Kevin Penner, UNLV 74
T8 Matt Smith, Texas Tech 74
T8 James White, Georgia Tech 74
T8 Kyle Scott, Georgia Tech 74