After the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic, the No. 14 Oklahoma men’s golf team holds third place with an overall 281 (-7). The three-day, 54-hole tournament is taking place at the par-72, 6,945-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
No. 7 Alabama leads the competitive 15-team field with an overall 276 (-12). No. 8 North Carolina holds second at 278 (-10). With a 283 (-5), No. 12 Clemson is in fourth, and No. 16 Georgia rounds out the top five with a 284 (-4).
All five Sooners are currently in the top 20 and under par overall. Leading OU after round one is Blaine Hale, who is tied for sixth individually. The freshman fired four birdies Sunday to total a 69 (-3), his second career round in the 60s over just two career tournament appearances.
Fellow freshman Brad Dalke is in a tie for 11th with an overall 70 (-2). After starting the round with a bogey, Dalke went on to fire at or below par for the remaining 17 holes, pocketing three birdies.
Tied for 17th place with a 71 (-1) are senior Beau Titsworth, junior Max McGreevy and sophomore Grant Hirschman. McGreevy collected five birdies on the day, and Titsworth and Hirschman each earned four.
"It was a solid day for us. Getting everyone to shoot under par is hard to do, and the guys did a nice job," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "Having the two freshmen leading the pack is also a great sign knowing this is their first time around the golf course. We are excited about the next two days and will stick with the game plan."
In the separate individual tournament, senior Luke Kwon is tied for first among 13 golfers. He fired a 69 (-2) on the Ocean Course on the day.
Round two of the Puerto Rico Classic is slated to begin Monday with a shotgun start at 6 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available at www.BirdieFire.com.