HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hundreds of Oklahoma State fans lined the fairways at Prairie Dunes Country Club on Wednesday hoping to witness the Cowboys win their first national championship since 2006.
Their orange shirts and loud cheers made for a unique atmosphere during the final match of the NCAA Golf Championship, but it wasn’t enough to lift Oklahoma State to victory.
Alabama, behind the superb play of Robby Shelton and Trey Mullinax, defeated the Cowboys 4-1 to win its second straight title. It is the 16th time the Cowboys have finished second.
“It is disappointing to get this far and not win,” OSU sophomore Jordan Niebrugge said. “But it is great to get this opportunity and get our team in this position more often. It will give us more confidence down the road and hopefully that will help us.”
Wyndham Clark was the only Oklahoma State golfer that won his match, defeating Tom Lovelady 3 and 1. Senior Talor Gooch didn’t make a single birdie and lost to Bobby Wyatt 3 and 2, while Ian Davis and Niebrugge lost 2 and 1. Zachary Olsen played brilliantly, shooting a 64, but was outplayed by Alabama’s Robby Shelton, who beat him with a long birdie putt on the final hole.
That trend continued when Trey Mullinax closed out the championship with a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 17 that sparked a wild celebration.
Oklahoma State experienced the opposite, with Gooch losing his pairing via a four-putt.
“I didn’t have ball control,” said Gooch, a Carl Albert product. “I was missing fairways with my 3 wood, that’s something that I just don’t do. But when you miss the fairways out here, especially today with the pins, it is hard to get it close. I didn’t have a birdie today and I can’t remember the last time I went a round without having a birdie. That pretty much explains everything right there.”