Cowboys fifth, Sooners 10th at Olympia Fields

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill.—Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team closed with a 294 during its third round at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sunday to finish in fifth place at Olympia Fields Country Club.

The Cowboys finished with a 54-hole total of 885, 45-over par, after posting its 14-over score at the par-70, 7,290-yard layout. Illinois closed with a 3-under 277 and finished 11 shots clear of the field at 861.

Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Illinois’ Dylan Meyer shared medalist honors at 3-over 213 after each posted a 71 on Sunday.

Sophomore Wyndham Clark led the OSU starting five, posting a 75 to finish at 219 and tied for 15th place.

Freshman Sam Stevens produced the low round of the day from the Cowboy starting five, using an even-par 70 to move into a tie for 23rd place at 222.

Sophomore Zachary Olsen tied for 25th place at 223 after signing for a 74.

Redshirt freshman Stratton Nolen was a stroke back and tied for 30th place at 224 after closing with a 75.

Redshirt freshman Brendon Jelley’s 76 tied him for 49th place at 229.

OSU will be back in action on Oct. 17 when they begin play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship.

 The University of Oklahoma finished in 10th place. The Sooners recorded a 303 (+23) for Sunday’s final round and finished the event with a 54-hole 898 (+58). The tournament featured one of the best fields of the fall, with 10 squads ranked in the GCAA Coaches Preseason Top-25 Poll, including the Sooners at No. 11.

"I saw some good things this week. Our guys fought hard, but the golf course won, and we weren’t sharp enough," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We have a long way to go. There are huge opportunities in front of us."

OU’s top finishers were senior Michael Gellerman and junior Beau Titsworth, who tallied 11-over-par 221s to share 19th place. It was the 20th top-20 finish for Gellerman in his career and the 13th for Titsworth. Gellerman, who started the day in a tie for seventh place and two strokes off the lead, recorded a 77 (+7) on Sunday. Titsworth’s final-round score was a 75 (+5).

The Sooners began the final round on hole No. 10, and both Gellerman and Titsworth struggled on the back nine before rebounding on the front nine. Gellerman and Titsworth played the back nine at +6 and +5, respectively, and closed the round at +1 and even par.
With a 54-hole 228 (+18), sophomore Max McGreevy tied for 42nd place. McGreevy logged a 5-over-par 75 in Sunday’s final round.

Freshman Grant Hirschman finished one stroke behind McGreevy with a 19-over 229, good for a 49th-place tie. Hirschman tallied a 7-over-par 77 on Sunday.

Griffin Pierce shot a 76 (+6) on Sunday, his best score of the weekend, and a 236 (+26) for the tournament. The freshman finished in 68th place.

The Sooners will return to the course Oct. 6-7 for the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

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