The No. 16 Oklahoma men’s golf team climbed three spots in the final round to take third place out of 15 teams at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,765-yard, par-71 Oak Hills Country Club.
The Sooners began the day in sixth place at 17 over par before firing a 2-over-par 286 on Tuesday, bringing their three-round total to 871 (+19).
"Today was definitely much better, but we are still not where we need to be," sixth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We have a long way to go, and it was evident this week with how poorly we played across the board. It is time to get back to work to figure it out. We need to be tougher and better short gamers."
Eighth-ranked Baylor, coached by former Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw, claimed the tournament title, finishing with an 850 (-2), while host school UTSA was the runner-up with a 14-over-par 866. North Texas placed fourth at 24 over par, and Wichita State and Houston Baptist tied for fifth with scores of 877 (+25). Kyle Jones of Baylor finished first individually with a 205 (-8).
Senior Michael Gellerman led OU with a 215 (+2), including an even-par 71 for the final 18 holes. Gellerman, who pocketed three birdies on Monday and nine total for the event, claimed a share of eighth place, his third top-10 showing of the season.
With a 219 (+6), freshman Grant Hirschman tied for 24th place, while sophomore Max McGreevy finished in a tie for 34th place with a 222 (+9). Hirschman shot a 3-over-par 74 in the final round, and McGreevy posted a 78 (+7).
Both junior Beau Titsworth and senior Charlie Saxon recorded their best rounds of the tournament on Tuesday with a 68 (-4) and 73 (+2), respectively. Titsworth’s 68 was nine strokes better than his previous low this week, and his three-round 224 (+11) tied him for 42nd place. Saxon tied for 45th with a 225 (+12).
Playing as an individual, Luke Kwon took a share of 29th place with a 220 (+7). The junior shot a 6-over-par 76 to close out the tournament.
The Sooners return to the course Feb. 22-24 (Sunday-Tuesday) as they head to Rio Grande, P.R., for the Puerto Rico Classic.
Tulsa finished in 10th place after a final round 300 for an 880 total.
Tulsa senior Matt Mabrey finished in 17th place after a final round score of 74 to finish with a 5-over par 218. Fellow senior Colton Staggs placed 32nd overall with a 54-hole total of 221 after today’s score of 75. Francisco Yanez finished in 53rd place with a 227 total after today’s score of 78, while Sebastian Smith and Matthew Marquez tied for 56th place at 228. Marquez had a final round 75, while Smith shot 76 today.
Tulsa will be back in action at the Puerto Rico Classic, February 22-24, at the Rio Marr Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1. Baylor 284-288-278=850
2. UTSA 290-287-289=866
3. Oklahoma 295-290-286=871
4. North Texas 298-290-288=876
T5. Wichita State 293-291-293=877
T5. Houston Baptist 295-287-295=877
7. Sam Houston State 296-286-296=878
8. Texas State 296-294-289=879
9. Denver 295-296-288=880
10. Tulsa 289-297-300=886
11. LA Tech 308-293-290=891
12. Central Arkansas 306-290-298=894
13. UL-Lafayette 298-294-303=895
14. Rice 296-303-299=898
15. Northern Colorado 307-303-302=912
T8. M. Gellerman 73 71 71 215
T24. G. Hirschman 71 74 74 219
T29. L. Kwon 70 73 77 220
T34. M. McGreevy 75 69 78 222
T42. B. Titsworth 77 79 68 224
T45. C. Saxon 76 76 73 225
T17. Matt Mabrey 72-71-74=218
T32. Colton Staggs 71-75-75=221
T53. Francisco Yanez 72-77-78=227
T56. Sebastian Smith 73-79-76=228
T56. Matthew Marquez 79-74-75=228
1. Kyle Jones, Baylor 71-67-67=205 (-8)
2. Preston Stanley, HBU 66-72-69=207 (-6)
3. Andreas Gjesteby, Baylor 70-73-67=210 (-3)
4. Logan Boatner, SHSU 72-66-73=211 (-2)
T5. Bryce Alley, UTSA 75-68-71=214 (+1)
T5. Brett Hogan 73-69-72=214 (+1)