Oklahoma Stateâ€™s menâ€™s golf team posted a 285 during the first round of action at the NCAA Championship on Friday to stand in a tie for sixth place at Eugene Country Club.
The Cowboysâ€™s 5-over score knotted them with Florida State after 18 holes at the par-70, 7,014-yard layout. OSU finished the day three shots behind TCU and Arkansas for the top spot on a tightly bunched leaderboard that saw the top 14 teams separated by just seven strokes. San Diego State, Southern California and Vanderbilt shared third place at 283.
Three players carded 67s to lead the individual race with San Diego Stateâ€™s Nahum Mendoza III, South Carolinaâ€™s Will Starke and Vanderbiltâ€™s Theo Humphrey all turning in 3-under scores.
A trio of Cowboys signed for 71s to stand in a tie for 33rd place. Senior Jordan Niebrugge was joined by sophomores Stratton Nolen and Brendon Jelley at 1-over par for the day.
Coming off his victory at the NCAA Stillwater Regional, sophomore Kristoffer Ventura posted a 72 to stand in a tie for 52nd place.
Sophomore Sam Stevens also posted a 72 to come in tied with Ventura.
The Cowboys will begin their second round Saturday at 9:22 a.m. (CST) and will once again be grouped with Illinois and Georgia.
After the first 18 holes of the NCAA Championships, the No. 18 seed Oklahoma menâ€™s golf team sits in a tie for 15th place.
The Sooners shot a 290 (+10) on Friday against the 30-team field and are tied with No. 4 seed Illinois, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 15 South Florida and No. 17 Alabama. The top 15 teams and top nine individuals not on those teams after 54 holes of stroke play will move on to compete in one final round of stroke play Monday. Following Mondayâ€™s round, the top eight squads will advance to match play competition.
â€œThe golf course is playing just like it should, and we had some opportunities today but just couldnâ€™t take advantage of them,â€ OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. â€œOur guys are feeling good, so itâ€™s just a matter of executing a little better making some putts.â€
The Sooners are making their sixth consecutive appearance in the tournament and join just Georgia, Illinois, Texas and USC as the only programs to reach the national tournament for six straight years.
Junior Max McGreevy and freshman Brad Dalke lead OU and hold a share of 33rd place. Both Sooners pocketed three birdies in the first round en route to a 71 (+1).
Senior Luke Kwon is in a tie for 72nd place with a 73 (+3). Two strokes behind Kwon is sophomore Grant Hirschman, who has a share of 103rd place.
Freshman Blaine Hale struggled Friday, carding a 78 (+8). He holds a tie for 145th place.
The second round of the NCAA Championships is scheduled for Saturday, and the Sooners will begin teeing off at 2:20 p.m. CT alongside Alabama and No. 16 Florida. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.