Behind a season-best 275 (-13), the No. 14 Oklahoma men’s golf team increased its lead to 22 strokes through two rounds at the NCAA San Diego Regional in San Diego, Calif. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the 6,947-yard, par-72 The Farms Golf Club.
OU, who is the event’s No. 3 seed, holds a two-round score of 559 (-17). On the front nine of the second round, the Sooners recorded just one bogey collectively, pocketing 12 birdies and an eagle in the opening stretch.
Sixth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said he is proud of the performance his squad turned in on Friday.
"We played one of the better rounds of the year today, and I am proud of our guys," Hybl said. "We had everyone clicking right from the start, and it was a fun day. Tomorrow is a big day for us, and we will need to keep executing at the right times and finish the job out here."
No. 1 seed Arizona State sits in second with a 581 (+5), while No. 2 seed Georgia Tech is a stroke behind at 6 over par. No. 7 seed East Tennessee State finishes the day in fourth with a 583 (+7), and No. 6 seed Georgia rounds out the five with a 9-over 585. The 13-team field features eight squads ranked within the top 50 of the latest Golfstat rankings.
Individually, all five Sooners sit within the top 14 out of 75 competitors, led by senior Michael Gellerman and sophomore Max McGreevy.
With scores of 139 (-5), Gellerman and McGreevy share second place, two strokes off leader Jon Rahm of Arizona State. Both played 17 holes at par or better on Friday.
Gellerman shot a 4-under-par 68 in the second round and pocketed six birdies, with five of them coming on the front nine. He then closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. McGreevy tallied a 69 (-3) and recorded four birdies on the day.
After shooting a second-round 73 (+1), Grant Hirschman is tied for seventh place with a 142 (-2). The freshman carded three total birdies in the round, including back-to-back ones on holes No. 9 and 10.
Junior Beau Titsworth and senior Charlie Saxon used 3-under-par 69s to climb the leaderboard 10 and 18 spots, respectively, on Friday.
Titsworth recorded three birdies in his bogey-free second round. His two-round 143 (-1) has him tied for 11th place through 36 holes.
Saxon holds a share of 14th place with an even-par 144. Saxon played four holes under par on Friday, recording two birdies and two eagles on the par-5 No. 9 and No. 18 holes.
The NCAA San Diego Regional is one of six 54-hole preliminary events for the NCAA Championships finals. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA finals, which will be held May 29-June 3 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
OU will tee off for the final round beginning at 11:15 a.m. CT Saturday from hole No. 1. The Sooners will be paired with Arizona State and Georgia Tech. Live results will be available on Golfstat.com.
1. Oklahoma 284-275=559
2. Arizona State 300-281=581
3. Georgia Tech 299-283=582
4. East Tennessee State 289-294=583
5. Georgia 307-278=585
6. Virginia 297-290=587
7. Idaho 301-287=588
8. Wichita State 292-298=590
9. San Diego 297-295=592
10. St. Mary’s, California 295-298=593
11. New Mexico 303-292=595
12. Mississippi 314-287=601
13. Eastern Kentucky 299-305=604
1. Jon Rahm (Arizona State) 73-64=137
T2. Michael Gellerman (Oklahoma) 71-68=139
T2. Max McGreevy (Oklahoma) 70-69=139
4. Gudmundur Kristjansson (East Tennessee State) 69-71=140
T5. Denny McCarthy (Virginia) 72-69=141
T5. Blake Morris (Mississippi) 73-68=141
T2. Michael Gellerman 71-68=139
T2. Max McGreevy 70-69=139
T7. Grant Hirschman 69-73=142
T11. Beau Titsworth 74-69=143
T14. Charlie Saxon 75-69=144