Sooner men place second at Border Olympics

 With a three-round 859 (-5), the 14th-ranked Oklahoma men’s golf team finished second at the Border Olympics. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the 7,125-yard, par-72 Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas.

The Sooners finished one stroke behind No. 10 Houston, who hosted the event. OU started the day atop the leaderboard and held a three-stroke lead before recording a 2-over 290 for the final 18 holes.

Houston fired an 8-under 280 on Saturday, bringing its three-round total to 858 (-6). No. 26 Baylor took third with a 1-under 863, while Louisiana-Monroe finished fourth with an 879 (+15). UTSA completed the top five with an 883 (+19).

"It’s never fun to lose when we had it in our grasps, but a lot can be learned from today if we handle it properly," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said.

Four Sooners finished within the top 10 of the field, including junior Michael Gellerman, senior Michael Schoolcraft, junior Charlie Saxon and senior Eduardo Castiello.

With a 4-under 212, Gellerman claimed third place after shooting a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday. The finish is the best of Gellerman’s career and the second time he has placed within the top five this season.

Also finishing in the top five was Schoolcraft, who recorded a season-low 68 (-4) in the third round en route to a 215 (-1) and fifth-place finish. Schoolcraft started the final round in a tie for 22nd place before pocketing five birdies and shooting just one bogey on Saturday.

"Schoolcraft played a really good round today, and he continues to get better," Hybl said. "Gellerman also had a nice week."

Finishing one stroke behind Schoolcraft was Saxon, whose three-round 216 (E) earned him a share of sixth place, his career best in a team event. The junior shot a 2-over 74 for the final 18 holes.

Competiting as an individual, Castiello tied for 10th place with a 2-over-par 218 after carding an even-par 72 on Saturday.

Freshman Max McGreevy tied for 25th with a three-round 221 (+5), while sophomore Beau Titsworth placed in a tie for 37th with a 224 (+8). For the final 18 holes, McGreevy shot a 75 (+3), and Titsworth recorded a 4-over 76.

Freshman Emilio Maurer, who participated as an individual, finished in a tie for 52nd place with an 11-over-par 227. Maurer tallied a 79 (+7) on Saturday.

The Sooners return to the course March 22 and 23 (Saturday and Sunday) as they travel to Greensboro, Ga., for the 54-hole Linger Longer Invitational.

 

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