By Ray Martin
Four out of the five Oklahoma State golfers in the United States Amateur advanced to the second round of match play Wednesday at the par 70 Pinehurst No. 2 in Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
All five OSU players might have made it, had two of them not been playing against each other.
Freshman Peter Uihlein beat senior teammate Trent Leon 1 up to advance to today’s second round. The two were all square after 12 holes, but Uihlein won the 13th and the 15th to secure the win.
“It’s hard playing a friend like Trent,” Uihlein said. “And it’s tough beating a teammate like that. He didn’t play particularly well, and I just happened to come out on top.”
Uihlein and Leon have been friends for the better part of a decade. They both went to IMG David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida before Leon left for OSU.
Uihlein has yet to attend his first class, as classes started Monday in Stillwater.
“Missing school isn’t so bad, but you’d like to make a good impression on the teachers,” Uihlein said, laughing. “It won’t easy making up all that work.”
Uihlein will tee off against Louisville’s Derek Fathauer today at 6:40 a.m. Fathauer, who made the cut at the U.S. Open in June, won a dramatic match Wednesday over Jhonattan Vegas.
Uihlein’s roommate, fellow freshman Morgan Hoffman also advanced Wednesday, as did sophomore Kevin Tway and Rickie Fowler.
If Uihlein and Tway both win their first round match today, they’ll face each other this afternoon for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.
UPDATE: Uihlein lost his match this morning in 20 holes. Fowler won 6 and 5, Tway won 3 and 2 and Hoffmann won 2 and 1. Fowler is currently 1 up through his first holes in the afternoon match. Tway is all square and Hoffmann has yet to start.