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.
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
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
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