The No. 8 Oklahoma men’s golf team has the lead after the first round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is taking place at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., and the Sooners competed on the par-72, 7,039-yard Creekside Course on Friday.
Facing one of the most competitive fields of the fall season, the Sooners fired a 283 (-5) in the first round to pull ahead by two strokes.
“It was another great start for us, and I am proud of our guys,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We had four scores at par or better today, and it was windy with tough flags. Our guys feel good.”
No. 26 Duke is in second at 285 (-3), and No. 7 Virginia holds third with a 289 (+1). No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 28 Texas are tied for fourth at 291 (+1). Oklahoma State is in a three-way tie for seventh.
Pacing OU is senior Max McGreevy, who is tied for second. The Edmond, Okla., native pocketed five birdies en route to a first-round 4-under par 68, his 26th career round in the 60s.
“It was good to see Max play a great round today,” Hybl said.
Sophomore Blaine Hale holds a piece of eighth place after recording a 71 Friday. After opening the round with two bogeys, Hale bounced back to card four birdies on the day and finish under par.
Also in the top 20 are junior Grant Hirschman and sophomore Brad Dalke, who share 17th place. They both tallied a 72 on Friday, collecting five and three birdies, respectively.
Rounding out the Sooner lineup is junior Rylee Reinertson, who shot a 78 and is tied for 75th place.
Oklahoma State opened play with a 293 to stand in a three-way tie for seventh place
Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger fired an opening 67 to lead a trio of players by a shot in the individual race. Cowboy sophomore Zach Bauchou found his way into the top 10, posting a 1-under 71 to finish in a nine-way logjam for eighth place. Freshman Viktor Hovland signed for a 73 to stand in a tie for 24th place, while junior Stratton Nolen was a stroke back and tied for 30th place after posting his 74. Junior Sam Stevens carded a 75 to finish the day tied for 43rd place. Junior Kristoffer Ventura came in alone in 80th place after carding a 79.
The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 9 a.m. (EST) and will be grouped with UCLA and Wake Forest. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.