PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – A new season dawns for both the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma golf teams beginning today at Pebble Beach, where the Sooners will defend the Carmel Cup title they won in 2018 while the Cowboys will find out what life is like without superstars Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, not to mention Hayden Wood and Zach Bauchou.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place Friday-Sunday at the historic par-72, 6,828-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Sooners claimed the team title at the Carmel Cup in 2018. Senior Garett Reband led the team, taking second place on the individual leaderboard after going bogey-free in his Sunday round.
The competitive event features eight squads, five of which are ranked in the top 20 of the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll. The Sooners are starting the year inside the top-10 for the fourth consecutive time under head coach Ryan Hybl.
Each team will compete with six golfers, and the low five scores will count toward the team total each round. OU’s lineup for the Carmel Cup will showcase seniors Quade Cummins, Garett Reband and Thomas Johnson, sophomore Blake Lorenz and freshmen Turner Hosch and Jake Holbrook.
While Lorenz, Hosch and Holbrook are making their team debuts, Cummins and Reband were part of the squad that took home the 2018 Carmel Cup title. The two then helped advance the Sooners to the match play competition at the NCAA Championship.
The Sooners’ tee times are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT Friday. They will be paired with Georgia, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
Oklahoma State’will get started at 9 a.m. (CDT) and will be grouped with Texas Tech, TCU and Mississippi State.
Half of OSU’s six-man lineup will be freshmen with Brian Stark, Dillon Stewart and Rayhan Thomas all making their Cowboy debuts. They will be joined by senior Ferdinand Müller, sophomore Aman Gupta and junior Austin Eckroat, who was recently named a preseason All-American.
Last season, the Cowboys opened their campaign at the historic venue with a third-place showing, while Wolff notched his first career win.
Prior to their finish last season, the Cowboys had won three consecutive Carmel Cup titles.
Live scoring for the event will be available at golfstat.com.
(BUSHNELL GOLFWEEK COACHES POLL RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oklahoma State (4)
Texas Tech (18)