Through 36 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, the University of Oklahoma men’s golf team sits in second place with a 573 (+5). The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s 7,455-yard, par-71 Scarlet Course located in Columbus, Ohio.
The Sooners, who are ranked No. 10 in the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll, sit 12 strokes behind No. 5 California and four clear of No. 6 Oklahoma State. They hold a 13-stroke lead over fourth-place Purdue.
Against a 12-team field, OU posted a score of 291 (+7) in Sunday’s first round, followed by a two-under 282 for the second 18 holes. The Sooners were paired with California and Kent State for the day.
“It was a great day for us,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Cal is so good, and it was fun to play with them today. We have a chance to go compete tomorrow in the final group, and the guys are excited about the opportunity.”
Leading the way for the Sooners are junior Charlie Saxon and freshman Max McGreevy, who posted two-round scores of 140 (-2). The duo is tied for fourth place and sits two strokes behind leader Brandon Hagy of California.
Saxon shot a 1-under 70 in both of Sunday’s rounds. He carded three birdies in each round, including on holes No. 10, 11 and 12, his first three holes of round two.
For the first 18 holes, McGreevy carded a 72 (+1), with an eagle on the par-5 hole No. 4. Sunday afternoon, McGreevy fired a career-low 68 (-3) and shot five birdies.
“Max and Charlie both had solid days, and we are hoping that everyone can get under par tomorrow,” Hybl said.
With a two-round 146 (+4), Michael Schoolcraft shares 16th place. The senior shot a 3-over 74 in the first round, followed by a 72 (+1). In Sunday’s second round, Schoolcraft recorded five birdies.
Tied for 22nd place with a score of 148 (+6) are junior Michael Gellerman and sophomore Beau Titsworth. Gellerman started the day with a 5-over-par 76 but improved in the second round, posting a 72 (+1). Titsworth shot a 75 (+4) and a 73 (+2) in the first and second rounds, respectively.
The final round of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational is slated for Monday, with the Sooners paired with California and Oklahoma State. OU’s tee times will begin at 9:05 a.m. ET from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.
Oklahoma State shot 577 total to stand alone in third place. The Cowboys opened with a 292 during their morning round and followed with a 285 at the par-71, 7,455-yard layout. Cal’s Brandon Hagy holds the individual lead by a single stroke over a pair of players with a 138 score.
OSU’s Ian Davis and Cal’s Pace Johnson shared second place at 139. Davis posted an opening 68 before carding an even-par 71 during his second round to find his way to the runner-up position. The senior put together a bogey-free opening round that featured birdies at the fourth, ninth and 12th to get to his 3-under score.
During round two, Davis offset five bogeys with three birdies and an eagle to finish at level par for the round.
Sophomore Wyndham Clark rallied after an opening 75 with a 69 to move into a tie for 12th place at 144. He was joined by classmate Jordan Niebrugge, who posted rounds of 73 and 71.
Freshman Zachary Olsen’s Cowboy debut included rounds of 76 and 74 to tie him for 29th place at 150.
Senior Talor Gooch posted a pair of 76s to finish the day tied for 36th place at 152.
The Cowboys will close out the event tomorrow beginning at 9:05 a.m. (EST) and will be grouped with California and Oklahoma.