Oklahoma State and Oklahoma’s men’s golf teams will open their fall season on Friday at the sixth annual Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The Cowboys, who won the tournament by six shots a year ago, will be grouped with Ohio State, TCU and Arkansas for their first round at the par-72, 6,828-yard layout. Play will get underway at 7 a.m. (PST).
Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt round out the field at the event, which will utilize a 6-count-5 format. The tournament will consist of 54 holes over three days with the last round taking place on Sunday.
The OSU lineup will consist of juniors Sam Stevens and Kristoffer Ventura as well as sophomores Zach Bauchou, Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood. Freshman Viktor Hovland will round out the lineup as he makes his Cowboy debut.
A year ago, OSU posted a 1,075 total to finish six strokes clear of Georgia with Stevens and Heinen sharing fourth place to come in as the squad’s top finishers.
The Sooners are starting the year at No. 10, the best preseason ranking under eighth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl.
â€œWeâ€™re ready to go,â€ Hybl said of the season opening-tournament. â€œI like our group that weâ€™re taking. Weâ€™ve got some firepower in our squad, and we just need to go out there and get off to a good start, and hopefully things will work to give ourselves a chance.â€
OUâ€™s lineup for the Carmel Cup will showcase senior Max McGreevy, junior Grant Hirschman, sophomores Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale, redshirt freshman Quade Cummins and true freshman Riley Casey.
While Cummins and Casey are making their OU debuts, McGreevy, Hirschman, Dalke and Hale were all a part of the squad that qualified for match play at the 2016 NCAA Championships, marking the first time in program history that a team advanced to that stage of competition. Hybl said that the combination of new and returning competitors creates a unique approach to the new season.
â€œFor the guys that were at last yearâ€™s NCAAs, I think theyâ€™re trying to carry on that momentum and build on it and build on it and create more confidence,â€ he said. â€œFor the new guys, I think itâ€™s important for them to get off to good starts and understand what it means to go play high-level college golf.â€
The Soonersâ€™ tee times are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT Friday, and they will be paired with Georgia, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
THE FIELD (BUSHNELL GOLFWEEK COACHES POLL RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oklahoma State (4)