PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team fired a 22-under 338 during the opening round of play at The Carmel Cup on Friday to take a commanding lead at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The top-ranked Cowboys, who are seeking their third consecutive title at the historic venue, built a 12-shot lead over the field during the first day of action at the par-72, 6,828-yard layout. Oklahoma finished the day in second place at 350, while TCU was third at 351.
OSU’s Hayden Wood grabbed the individual lead after turning in an 8-under 64. The junior put together a round that featured 10 birdies en route to finishing the day one shot clear of the field. Wood birdied three of his first four holes before carding his lone bogey of the front nine at the fifth hole. He answered with a birdie at the sixth and used another birdie at the ninth to turn in 4-under 32.
After posting a bogey at the 12th, Wood carded a birdie at the 13th to move back to 4-under for the day. He then closed his day with four consecutive birdies to get to 8-under for his round.
Senior Kristoffer Ventura carded a 6-under 66 to finish alone in third place, while junior Zach Bauchou and freshman Matthew Wolff opened with matching 69s to share eighth place.
Senior Brendon Jelley also finished the day in red figures, posting a 2-under 70 to stand in a tie for 15thplace. Sophomore Viktor Hovland posted a 72 to come in tied for 26th place.
The Cowboys will begin their second round Saturday at 8 a.m. (PST) and will be grouped with Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma.
The Sooners shot a 10-under 338 in Friday’s first round as three OU players finished the day in the top 10 on the leaderboard.
“For our first round of the year, I felt like the guys did a really nice job today,” head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Brad Dalke, Garrett Reband and Grant Hirschman all played very solid golf.
“It was great to see (Garrett) play the way he did in his first competitive team round and I’m very proud of him. We have a lot of golf left and we need to get after it on Saturday.”
Dalke led the Sooners and is in sole possession of fourth place after firing a first-round 67 (-5). The junior was consistent throughout the day, recording six birdies. His 67 is tied for his second-lowest score in an opening round during his OU career.
Reband nearly matched his career-best round at OU, posting a 68 (-4) and is in sole possession of fifth heading into Saturday’s second round. Reband started the round strong, picking up three birdies and an eagle through nine holes to finish with his second-lowest score as a Sooner.
Hirschman is tied for eighth place with a 69 (-3) in the first round. The senior was consistent throughout the day and closed his round with a trio of birdies on the back nine.
Sophomore Riley Casey is tied for 26th after recording an even-par 72, while junior Blaine Hale is tied for 33rd after shooting a 2-over 74. Senior Rylee Reinertson rounded OU’s lineup, posting a 9-over 81 during Friday’s first round.