NORMAN, Okla.–University of Oklahoma head men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl announced Wednesday the signing of two golfers to national letters of intent during the first day of the 2015-16 early signing period. Joining the Sooners next season will be Riley Casey and Garett Reband.
Both golfers have earned national recognition and have the potential to be strong competitors, according to Hybl.
"We’re super excited about both these guys," Hybl said. "They both have the opportunity to come on campus and compete and perform well."
Abilene Cooper High School
Casey has had impressive tournament showings over the past two years, including winning the Goodman Networks Junior (August 2014), taking second at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship (March 2015) and placing third at the Genesis Shootout (July 2014) and the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship (August 2014). In 2014, he was named a Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention selection. A four-year high school letterman, Casey was voted to the 5A State First Team and was the 5A Region 1 Champion.
"Riley’s a great ball striker," said OU coach Ryan Hybl. "He’s got a good attitude and he’s mature on the course, and he knows how to win."
Fort Worth, Texas
Southwest Christian School
Recently named a 2015 Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention selection, Reband has two significant tournament wins under his belt in 2015: the Bart Granger High School Tournament and the AJGA Valero Texas Open. He qualified for the 115th US Amateur and is a two-time winner of the TJGT Tour Championship (2015, 2014). Reband has also built a notable high school resume, leading his team in its Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 4A 2015 State Championship win, taking second place individually. Reband took individual medalist honors at both the TAPPS District and Regional Championships in 2015.
"Garett is a great player," Hybl said. "He knows how to play the game and he’s a winner. He’s very, very competitive and fiery, and he reminds me a little of a young Max McGreevy."