PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Oklahoma Stateâ€™s menâ€™s golf team opened its fall season on Friday at the Carmel Cup with a 5-under 355 to finish the day alone in fourth place at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Oklahoma Sooners are in seventh after a 2-over 362.
Through 18 holes, the Cowboys stand a stroke behind TCU and Texas Tech at the par-72, 6,828-yard layout. Georgia posted an 8-under total of 352 to stand two shots clear of the field.
Arkansas produced the dayâ€™s individual leader in Alvaro Ortiz, who carded an opening 66 to lead by two.
Sophomore Nick Heinen opened with a 69 to share fifth place with three other players. Heinen birdied both par 5s on the front nine and added another birdie at the par-3 seventh to turn at 2-under 34. After adding birdies at the 11th and 15th, Heinen closed with a bogey at the 18th to finish at 3-under par for the day.
Junior Sam Stevens and freshman Viktor Hovland also finished under par to join Heinen in the top 10. The duo posted matching 70s to come in tied for ninth place.
Sophomores Hayden Wood and Zach Bauchou carded 73s to stand in a tie for 29th place, while junior Kristoffer Ventura finished the day tied for 36th place with a 74 during his first round.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 8:10 a.m. (PST) and will be grouped with Texas Tech, TCU and Georgia.
The Sooners, who are ranked No. 10 in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll, shot a 362.
â€œNot a great day for us, and we need to bounce back tomorrow,â€ OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. â€œWe did not make enough birdies today mainly because we didnâ€™t make many putts. Tomorrow will be a better day, and I know our guys will step up.â€
Sophomore Brad Dalke and freshman Riley Casey lead the Sooners through the first 18 holes, sharing 14th place individually at 1-under 71. Dalke put together a consistent round, pocketing three birdies on the day. Making his collegiate debut, Casey recorded an eagle and five birdies.
â€œIt was nice to see first-timer Riley Casey shoot under par,â€ Hybl said.
Junior Grant Hirschman and sophomore Blaine Hale shot 73 and are tied for 29th place. With the exception of a bogey on hole No. 5, Hirschman shot every hole at par on Friday. Hale played well all round, carding three birdies, before struggling on the final hole to go 1-over on the day.
â€œBlaine and Brad played well all day, but Blaine made a bad swing on 18 that cost him and us,â€ Hybl explained.
Max McGreevy shot 74 and redshirt freshman Quade Cummins 77. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com.