PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – For the second year in a row, Oklahoma Stateâ€™s menâ€™s golf team opened its fall slate with a victory at the Carmel Cup, posting an eight-shot win on Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The University of Oklahoma finished fifth.
The Cowboys closed with a 16-under round of 344 to finish at 1,042, 38-under par, and eight shots clear of Georgiaâ€™s 1,050 score at the par-72, 6,828-yard layout. Texas Tech finished third at 1,051.
Techâ€™s Fredrik Nilehn came away as the eventâ€™s individual medalist, posting his second consecutive 67 to finish two shots clear of the field at 14-under 202.
A pair of Cowboys finished among the top five with sophomore Nick Heinen closing with a 2-under 70 to finish at 205 and alone in fourth place. The showing marked the second consecutive year he has finished fourth at the historic venue.
Junior Sam Stevens closed with his second consecutive 69 to share fifth place at 8-under 208. Like Heinen, Stevensâ€™ finish also signaled the second year in a row he has finished among the top five at Pebble Beach after tying for fourth place in 2015.
Sophomore Hayden Wood carded a 70 during his third round to finish at 211 and tied for 14th place.
The squadâ€™s round of the day came courtesy of freshman Viktor Hovland, who closed out his Cowboy debut with a 66 to move up 19 spots into the group at 211. Hovland got his round going early with birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 before adding another at the sixth before turning at 3-under 33. He posted a matching 33 on his bogey-free inward nine that included birdies at the 10th, 11th and 18th holes.
Sophomore Zach Bauchou also posted a 211 total after signing for a 72 during his final round.
Junior Kristoffer Ventura posted his low round of the tournament on Sunday, finishing with a 69, giving him a 217 total and tying him for 30th place.
The Sooners, who are ranked No. 10 in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Poll, shot a 356 (-4) in Sundayâ€™s final round, making their three-round total 1063 (-17).
â€œA great week to start the year, and overall, our guys played pretty solid,â€ eighth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. â€œWe made a few big numbers this week, which cost us as a team, and we need to get better at that.â€
Senior Max McGreevy was the best finisher for the Sooners. With an overall 209 (-7), the returning All-American earned a share of eighth place, marking the 18th top-20 and 12th top-10 finish of his career. In the third round, McGreevy went bogey-free for the second consecutive day, posting a 68 (-4), his 24th career round in the 60s.
â€œMax had a good week, which was nice to see him start well again this year,â€ Hybl said.
Brad Dalke finished in a tie for 20th place with a three-round 213 (-3). The sophomore carded a 72 (E) on Sunday, pocketing three birdies, to earn the sixth top-20 placing of his career.
Junior Grant Hirschman ended one stroke behind Dalke with a share of 22nd place. He shot three birdies en route to a 71 (-1) in the final round.
Sophomore Blaine Hale and freshman Riley Casey both posted an overall 215 (-1) for the tournament to tie for 25th place. In the third round, Hale recorded a 74 (+2) with three birdies. Casey, who was competing in his first collegiate tournament, collected an eagle and four birdies to total a 72 (E) for the second day in a row.
Rounding out the OU lineup was redshirt freshman Quade Cummins, who finished in 41st place with a 217 (+1) after shooting a 73 (+1) Sunday.
The Sooners return to action Sept. 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) when they look to defend their title at the Gopher Invitational, played at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.
â€œI am already looking forward to Minnesota, and I know our guys are as well,â€ Hybl said.