Cowboys open second at Southern Highlands, Sooners 12th

LAS VEGAS — Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate on Monday with a 292 total to stand in a four-way tie for second place at Southern Highlands Golf Club.

The Cowboys’ 4-over tally knotted them with SMU and Illinois at the par-72, 7,374-yard layout. Arizona State held the lead after the first day of action, carding a 291 during its first round.

Three players opened the event with 69s as UNLV’s Taylor Montgomery, Florida’s Sam Horsfield and Arizona State’s Jon Rahm all posted 3-under scores to share the individual lead.

A pair of Cowboys finished the day in the top 10 with juniors Zachary Olsen and Wyndham Clark each signing for even-par 72s to stand in a tie for 10th place.

Senior Jordan Niebrugge came in a stroke back of his teammates with a 73, tying him for 16th place.

Sophomore Brendon Jelley opened play with a 75 to stand in a tie for 34th place, while freshman Zach Bauchou’s 76 tied him for 46th place.

The Cowboys will begin their second round at 9:40 a.m. (PST) tomorrow and will be grouped with Illinois and Arizona State.

No. 17 Oklahoma is in 12th place with a 303 (+15). The 15-team field is one of the most competitive in college golf, featuring nine teams in the top 20 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 14 in the top 40.

Senior Luke Kwon and junior Max McGreevy lead the Sooners, sharing a tie for 24th place after firing a 74 (+2) for the round. Both golfers pocketed two birdies Monday.

Freshman Brad Dalke is in 46th place with a 76 (+4), and classmate Blaine Hale is in 70th with a 79 (+9).

Despite collecting three early birdies, sophomore Grant Hirschman struggled throughout the rest of the round. He now sits in 74th with an 81 (+9). Live scoring is available at


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