Martin helps Okla. State assume lead in Preview

Freshman top individual with 135 at Caves Valley

September 27, 2004|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Pablo Martin, an Oklahoma State freshman from Spain, shot 69-66-135 to take a three-stroke lead in the individual competition in the Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday.

With Martin and Oklahoma State senior Zack Robinson (68) leading the way in the afternoon, the Cowboys rallied from four shots down to shoot 4-under-par and forge a three-stroke lead in the team chase. They were at 288-276-564.

The tournament, featuring 14 of the top college teams, along with host Loyola College, calls for 36 holes of play the first day and 18 the second, with the best four of five scores counting toward a team total for each of the three rounds.

Martin, in his first college tournament, but backed by an impressive resume that includes winning this year's English Under-18 title and the tag as the highest-ranked junior in Europe, was two shots off the pace after his morning 69, but came back with the day's best round, one that included five birdies.

"For a first tournament, it was unbelievable," Martin said of his 10-hour day on the course. "I'm tired, but really happy."

Aside from Martin, Texas Christian's Drew Pigg (69-69) was the only other player in the 75-man field with two rounds in the 60s, and his afternoon effort was enough to pull him into a second-place tie with Jesse Mueller (67-71) of Arizona State.

Henry Liaw of Arizona, Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech and J.J. Killeen of TCU were at 140.

Ryan Moore, the Oklahoma State senior who is the reigning NCAA champion and was the winner of two USGA titles (Amateur Public Links and Amateur) during the summer, shot 73-70-143.

Pigg, Killeen and David Schultz (69) helped TCU move into a tie for second with Georgia Tech at 567, followed by Texas at 573.

Loyola, although overmatched in this heavyweight field, managed to stay close in an effort to avoid the 15th spot. The Greyhounds finished 304-303-607 and were eight shots back of No. 14 California, the 2004 NCAA champion.

For Loyola, T.J. Shuart shot 146, followed by Will Shriver, 151; Matt Bassler, 156; Tommy Villani, 157; and Chris Derby, 157.

(Scores, 8d)

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