Kevin Tway couldn't close the deal on Sunday. The best he could do was second.
Then again, a runner-up finish in the Big 12 Conference Men's Golf Championships isn't exactly a forgettable performance, especially considering Tway is only a freshman at Oklahoma State University.
And while his final-round 73 left him looking up at OSU teammate and fellow freshman Rickie Fowler " the No. 1-ranked player in college golf " on the final leaderboard, Tway's 72-hole effort further established him as one of the best players in the country.
It also provided further proof that Tway is on track to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Bob Tway, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and former three-time All-American at OSU.
"What was so great about winning the Big 12 title was the way our freshmen really stepped up and played this week," said OSU golf coach Mike McGraw. "It was exciting to see the way they competed on a great golf course " and Kevin, obviously, was a big part of that."
Tway, who grew up honing his skills at Edmond's Oak Tree Golf Club, spent much of his time in junior golf trying to make a name for himself, scoring a landmark victory at the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship when he was only 17.
"All everybody's talked about is how I'm Bob Tway's son," he told reporters after that win. "It's fine. I like that because he's a professional golfer and he helps me a lot. But now I guess they're more interested in me and how I play." "Jay C. Upchurch