College golf: Oklahoma State runs away with Amer Ari title

  • Oklahoma State's Matthew Wolff (pictured) tied teammate Viktor Hovland for second overall in the 27th annual Amer Ari on Saturday. The Cowboys ran away with the team title, winning by 17 strokes. (Rick Winters/West Hawaii Today)

WAIKOLOA — There would be no upset or miracle comeback at the 27th annual Amer Ari on Saturday at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course. Oklahoma State was just too good.

The No. 1 nationally ranked Cowboys dominated the field on the final day of the University of Hawaii-Hilo hosted intercollegiate tournament, notching a 18-under 270 to finish 47-under par for the tournament, 17 strokes better than last year’s champion and runner-up Texas Tech.

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Southern California finished third at 27-under.

Oklahoma State was paced by Viktor Hovland, who finished in a tie for second individually with teammate Matthew Wolff after posting a third day score of 7-under 65 for a three day total of 204. Hovland eagled both par 5s on the front nine and picked up four birdies on the back. His only blemish was a bogey on the par-4, 13th hole.

Wolff finished Day 3 at 4-under. Both Wolff and Hovland trailed Southern California’s Justin Suh, who shot three straight rounds in the 60s (69, 66, 68) to finish as the low medalist at 13-under.

Day 2 leader Hayden Wood struggled in the third round, posting a double bogey on the 17th hole to finish with a 1-under 71 for the Cowboys. At 11-under, he finished in a tied for fourth overall. Zach Bauchou wrapped up the scoring for Oklahoma State, finishing the third day of the tourney with a 3-under 69.

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Southern California’s Kaito Onishi finished in a tie with Wolff for fourth to wrap up the top five low medalist. He shot a 69 on Day 3.

One of the biggest movers on the day was Texas Christian’s Stefano Mazzoli. Mazzoli jumped up 17 spots to finish in a tie for sixth after shooting a 7-under on the final day. He finished with nine birdies and two bogeys.