McGreevy, Sooners shatter records in Lone Star Invitational

Behind the best round in program history, the No. 11 Oklahoma men’s golf team rolled to victory at the Lone Star Invitational, led by a dominant individual win from senior Max McGreevy. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was held at the par-72, 7,247-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.

This team win is the 14th under eighth-year head coach Ryan Hybl and OU’s second of the season.

The Sooners fired a 21-under 267 in Tuesday’s final round, marking a school record, according to records dating back to the 1993-94 season. The squad pocketed two eagles and 23 birdies on the day and carded just four bogeys throughout the entire round. All five members of the team lineup and OU’s individual competitor finished under par for the round and the tournament.

The 267 also marks the lowest round in the eight-year history of the Lone Star Invitational, besting the previous record by five strokes. It brought the Sooners’ total score to 40-under 824, also a tournament record, 11 strokes ahead of the previous mark.

“It was one of the best rounds I have ever been a part of, and I can’t be more excited for our guys,” Hybl said. “We have been talking about finishing, and this is what this team is capable of doing. It was great to see, and a fun day for everyone involved.”

Starting the day eight strokes back, OU passed No. 6 Illinois, who finished with an overall 828 (-36). Mississippi State took third at 837 (-27), and UTEP earned fourth at 842 (-22). Tournament host UTSA claimed fifth at 847 (-17).

After matching the school record for an 18-hole score yesterday, McGreevy started his day strong by firing an eagle on the par-4 hole No. 2 and did not falter. The Edmond native posted an 8-under 64 in the final round, a day after tying the school record with a 63. He played three bogey free rounds and finished with six birdies and the eagle He now has 33 career rounds in the 60s and 11 this season.

“Max played 54 holes without a bogey, and that is tremendously hard to do,” Hybl said. “I am proud of his growth as a player.”

McGreevy is the first Sooner competing in the team lineup to record scores in the 60s in all three rounds of an event since Abraham Ancer did so at the Desert Shootout in 2011. His 54-hole 196 (-20) is just one stroke shy of the school record Ancer set in that tournament. Additionally, it is 10 strokes better than the previous three-round record at the Lone Star Invitational, and he finished six strokes ahead of runner-up Dylan Meyer of Illinois.

The senior’s win is his second of the season. He joins teammate Grant Hirschman and Ancer as the only Sooners under Hybl to earn multiple individual titles in a season. Additionally, the finish marks McGreevy’s third career victory, the most by any of Hybl’s golfers. According to records dating back to the 1993-94 season, McGreevy is now tied with Patrick Lee for second-most career wins behind only Anthony Kim’s five.

“It was about as fun of a week as you could have,” McGreevy said. “Everything was going, and it just felt like nothing bad was ever going to happen. My teammates helped me out that last round by having fun and just enjoying the great round we had going, and coming back to beat Illinois was just icing on the cake for an unforgettable week!”

Rylee Reinertson also ended the tournament in the top five, tying for fourth with an overall 206. In the final round, the junior fired a 67 for the second time this week to earn his best career finish and first top-five placing.

Classmate Grant Hirschman earned a share of 11th place, the 20th top-20 finish of his career and fifth of his season. He put together a bogey-free 69 in the final round to total 210.

Sophomore Brad Dalke matched his season low, a 67, in the final round to advance 30 spots in the individual rankings and claim a share of 18th place. The finish marks his second top-20 placing of the season and the seventh of his career.

Blaine Hale shot 70 and tied for 30th at 215. Freshman Garett Reband competed as an individual and was unattached from team scoring. He earned a share of 15th with an overall 212  after posting a 71 on Tuesday. Reband’s finish is the second top-20 placing of his career.

The Sooners will aim to carry the momentum from their win to the 3M Augusta Invitational on April 1-2 (Saturday-Sunday) in Augusta, Ga.

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