Sooners take fifth at Linger Longer Invitational

The No. 17 Oklahoma men’s golf team claimed fifth place at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga., with an 851 (-13). The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the 7,073-yard, par-72 Great Waters Golf Club at Reynolds Plantation.

In Sunday’s final round, OU tallied a 291 (+3). The Sooners opened the round strong, finding themselves tied for first at the turn, but struggled the rest of the way. It was OU’s seventh top-five showing in eight events this season.

The 15-team field featured nine squads ranked within the top 50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll. No. 3 Texas topped the leaderboard with a 24-under-par 840, while No. 32 Georgia took second at 19 under par. Co-host and No. 28th-ranked Kennesaw State and No. 19 North Carolina tied for third with scores of 847 (-17). Georgia’s Lee McCoy was the individual winner with a 202 (-14).

Three Sooners finished within the top 20, including seniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon and freshman Grant Hirschman.

Gellerman was OU’s highest placer, sharing eighth with a 5-under-par 211. It marks Gellerman’s fourth top-10 finish of his senior campaign. For the final 18 holes, Gellerman recorded a 74 (+2) to go with his 69 (-3) and 68 (-4) from Saturday. Gellerman pocketed four birdies on Sunday and 12 total for the tournament.

With scores of 214 (-2), Hirschman and Saxon tied for 17th place. Hirschman recorded a 1-under-par 71 to conclude the weekend, while Saxon posted a 74 (+2). The top-20 finishes were the second straight for both Sooners and the fourth and second of the season for Hirschman and Saxon, respectively.

Junior Luke Kwon placed 25th with a 216 (E) after shooting an even-par 72 in the final round, while sophomore Max McGreevy posted a 74 (+2) on Sunday to finish the tournament in a tie for 30th place with a 217 (+1).

Competing as individuals and unattached from team scoring were freshman Rylee Reintertson and junior Beau Titsworth. Reinertson, in his second collegiate event, tied for 30th with a 1-over 217, and Saxon shared 56th with a 221 (+5). Reinertson shot a 79 (+5) in the final round, while Titsworth recorded a 77 (+5).

Up next, the Sooners will compete at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas, on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5.

Team Standings
1. Texas 273-284-283=840
2. Georgia 280-280-285=845
T3. Kennesaw State      273-280-294=847
T3. North Carolina  277-282-288=847
5. Oklahoma   283-277-291=851
6. Mercer   286-283-290=859
7. Alabama  284-286-290=860
8. Liberty  284-290-291=865
9. Clemson  285-289-295=869
T10. Purdue  288-292-290=870
T10. Charlotte  289-292-289=870
12. Georgia State  286-290-297=873
13. Yale  290-290-296=876
14. Chattanooga  296-291-294=881
15. UNCG  288-289-308=885
 
Top Individuals
1. Lee McCoy (Georgia)  65-70-67=202
2. Beau Hossler (Texas)  67-69-68=204
3. Ben Griffin (North Carolina)  70-66-70=206
T4. Trey Rule (Mercer)  71-66-71=208
T4. Emmanuel Kountakis (Mercer)  71-69-71=208
 
OU Players
T8. Michael Gellerman  69-68-74=211
T17. Grant Hirschman  71-72-71=214
T17. Charlie Saxon  70-70-74=214
T25. Luke Kwon  73-71-72=216
T30. Max McGreevy  75-68-74=217
T30. Rylee Reinertson*  69-69-79=217
T56. Beau Titsworth*  72-72-77=221
 
*competed as an individual
 

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