EDMOND, Okla. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team posted a 36-hole total of 567 on Friday at The Maxwell to stand atop the leaderboard at Oak Tree Country Club’s East Course.
Battling windy conditions throughout the day, the Cowboys opened with an even-par round of 280 to share the first-round lead with New Mexico before turning in a 287 during their afternoon round to take a two-stroke lead over the Lobos. Oklahoma finished with a 571 tally at the par-70, 7,102-yard layout to stand alone in third place.
UCLA’s Hidetoshi Yoshihara used a 66 during his second round to hold the individual lead, finishing the day as the only player under par at 1-under 139.
Four players, including a pair of Cowboys, came in a stroke back at even-par 140.
Freshman Viktor Hovland followed an opening 71 with a 69. Sophomore and Edmond native Nick Heinen, who is one of five Cowboys competing individually, posted a 68 during his second round after signing for a 72 during the morning round.
OSU had three players among the logjam for seventh place at 142 as well. Senior Zachary Olsen carded rounds of 72 and 70, while sophomore Zach Bauchou followed an opening 68 with a 74.
Redshirt freshman Tyson Reeder, an Edmond native competing individually, posted scores of 70 and 72 to stand among the group at 142.
Junior Kristoffer Ventura opened with a 69 before carding a 76 to finish at 145 and tied for 20th place.
Sophomore Hayden Wood posted a pair of 74s to finish the day tied for 35th place at 148, while junior Stratton Nolen’s scores of 75 and 73 put him among the group at 148. Nolen is competing individually.
Junior Brendon Jelley is also competing as an individual and signed for scores of 76 and 74 to come in tied for 47th place.
Junior Sam Stevens rounded out OSU’s group of individual competitors, posting scores of 77 and 74 to finish the day tied for 50th place at 151.
The Cowboys will begin their final round tomorrow at 9:40 a.m. Live scoring for the event is available atgolfstat.com.
No. 13 Oklahoma fired a 283 and a 288 in the first and second rounds, respectively, to total 571 (+11) on the day.
“Today, it was very difficult out here at Oak Tree,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “For one, this (course) is always a tough test, but today, the wind was blowing 25-30 (mph) all day long, and the conditions were tough. So, I felt like our guys hung in there for the most part all day.”
OU is eight strokes ahead of No. 1-ranked Baylor, and Liberty rounds out the top five at 583 (+23).
Junior Rylee Reinertson leads the Sooners at the end of day one, holding a share of second place at 140 overall. After shooting a 71 in the first round, Reinertson posted a 69 in the second, aided by seven birdies, four of which were consecutive on holes No. 2-5.
Grant Hirschman sits two strokes behind his classmate in a tie for seventh. He recorded a 69 in the morning followed by a 73 in the afternoon round.
Sophomore Brad Dalke currently holds a piece of 15th place with an overall 144 after carding a 70 and a 74 in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Also in the top 20 through 36 holes is sophomore Blaine Hale, who is one stroke behind Dalke overall and in a tie for 20th. Hale tallied a 73 in the first round followed with a 72.
Senior Max McGreevy is in a tie for 70th. He totaled a 156 (76-80).
“We’ve got to regroup and get back after it tomorrow,” Hybl said.
Five Sooners are also competing as individuals and are unattached from team scoring. Redshirt freshman Quade Cummins and true freshman Riley Casey pace that group, sharing 22nd with an overall 146. After posting a 78 and a 76, respectively, in the first round, Cummins and Casey rebounded strong with a 68 and a 70.
Freshman Garett Reband is one stroke behind Cummins and Casey, holding a piece of 30th. Redshirt freshman Thomas Johnson is tied for 74th at 158, and redshirt sophomore Griffin Pierce is in 80th with a 171.
The final round of The Maxwell is scheduled for Saturday morning, and the Sooners will tee off at 9:20 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com, and admission is free of charge to fans.