OU moves up to third in Southern Highlands Collegiate, OSU finishes seventh, Jelley is Big 12 Golfer of the Month

The No. 17 Oklahoma men’s golf team surged into third place after the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate. The three-day, 54-hole tournament took place at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Sooners shot a 293 (+5) on Wednesday, advancing five spots in the team standings with an overall 879 (+15).

"The last two days have been very solid for us, and I credit our guys’ tenacity and belief system," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We haven’t started out very well this spring, and we have been waiting for the switch to turn on, and yesterday helped. We still have a long way to go, but I like where we are heading."

No. 8 USC took the title with an 869 (+5) at the tournament, which featured one of the best fields in college golf with nine teams in the top 20 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 14 in the top 40. No. 2 Florida took second with an 873 (+9). Finishing three strokes behind OU in fourth were No. 5 Texas and No. 14 Arizona State.

Junior Max McGreevy was the best finisher for the Sooners, claiming a tie for third with a three-round 214 (-2). Competing in his 100th career round, McGreevy carded a 1-over 73 and went bogey-free on the front nine, collecting two birdies. His finish is the sixth of his career in the top five.

Luke Kwon also finished in the top 10 with a tie for eighth at 2-over 218 overall. The senior fired his best round of the tournament Wednesday with a 71, pocketing three birdies, to earn his fifth career top-10 placing.

Freshman Brad Dalke claimed his fourth top-20 finish with a share of 16th. He recorded a 76 in the third round.

Classmate Blaine Hale saved his best round for last with a 73. His overall 229 earned him a share of 56th. Finishing 63rd was sophomore Grant Hirschman, who shot a 76 in the final round to total a 232.

"Max and Luke played very well this week, and Brad had a great round yesterday," Hybl said. "All in all, it was a good week for us, and we will be looking forward to getting back after it in April."

The Sooners will continue their spring season at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas, on April 2-3 (Saturday-Sunday).

Oklahoma State wrapped up playwith a 300 total during its third round to finish seventh.

The Cowboys finished at 886, 22-over, and one shot behind Texas Tech at the par-72, 7,374-yard layout. A pair of Cowboys finished in the top 20 with sophomore Brendon Jelley and senior Jordan Niebrugge tying for 19th place at 221. Jelley, who earlier in the day was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month, closed with a 74, while Niebrugge finished with a 75.

OSU’s low round of the day came courtesy of freshman Zach Bauchou, who signed for a 73 to finish at 224 and tied for 38th place. Joining Bauchou at 224 was junior Wyndham Clark, who posted a 78 during his third round.

Junior Zachary Olsen finished with a 231 total after recording an 83 during his third round, tying him for 61st place.

Jelley’s golfer of the month honor came after he earned his first Top 20 of the season in the spring opener at The Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii.

The Tulsa native then earned his first career victory at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational to close out the month and help the Cowboys to their second team title of the year. Jelley opened with a 70 before posting rounds of 68 and 69 to finish at 9-under 207 and four shots clear of the field. Jelley posted a 69.83 scoring average for the month.
 

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