Wolff gets season victory No. 4 at Amer Ari; Cowboys top team
Oklahoma State with its team trophy (Photo courtesy OSU Athletics)
Much was made last fall of Matthew Wolff
’s undefeated college-golf streak. The sophomore won the individual title in all three of Oklahoma State’s fall stroke-play starts
. On Saturday, he continued that run by claiming the Amer Ari Invitational title in Hawaii as the Cowboys took home the team title.
Wolff trailed teammate Zach Bouchou after the opening round when Bauchou threw out a 9-under 63 at Waikoloa Kings’ Course. After opening with 69, Wolff added 64-65. At 18 under, Wolff had a three-shot cushion on runner-up Edwin Yi of Oregon.
In 13 competitive stroke-play rounds this season, Wolff has broken 70 in 10 of them. His four titles are also the most ever won by an Oklahoma State sophomore.
Oklahoma State had two other players in the top 8, Bauchou (T-2) and Viktor Hovland (eighth), on its way to a 10-shot victory. The Cowboys went 47 under, leaving Auburn far behind at 37 under. An 11-under 277 in the final round was Oklahoma State’s highest team score of the week.
The Cowboys’ win marked the first time a team has won consecutive titles at the event since Georgia Tech won the 1999 and 2000 events. The Cowboys have also now won the Amer Ari eight times and have claimed the medalist six times.
As for Wolff, this win is only likely to increase the Wolff mania that took off last week when he made his PGA Tour debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open
and created a media storm with his opening 67. It was Wolff who put the clinching point on the board for Oklahoma State at last spring’s national championship.
While Wolff and the Cowboys went insanely deep under par, scoring was low across the board. Texas reached 35 under to finish third, while USC and Oregon tied for fourth at 30 under. Eleven of the 18 teams in the field were under par, and 47 individuals had a 54-hole total under par.
USC’s Justin Suh and Texas’ Cole Hammer tied for fourth at 13-under 203. Both players had a second-round 64 to vault up the leaderboard and into contention for the individual title.
The Amer Ari Intercollegiate -- hosted by the
University of Hawaii-Hilo -- has brought some of the best golfers in the nation to the west side of the Big Island annually since its inception in 1992. From Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth to Matt Kuchar, the Amer Ari Intercollegiate has hosted a myriad of players through the years who have gone on to professional stardom.
The event was originally played at Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort before moving to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The Amer Ari returned to Hapuna during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2024, the event was moved to Mauna Lani. The Amer Ari is a 54-hole collegiate men's event with individual and team competitions.
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