Oklahoma Stateâ€™s menâ€™s golf team will open the season ranked fourth and the University of Oklahoma 10th it was revealed today with the announcement of the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The Cowboys tallied 490 points to come in 12 points shy of Illinois for the No. 3 slot. Texas garnered 16 first-place votes and 608 total points to sit atop the ranking, while Southern California was second with 554 points.
Vanderbilt rounded out the top five with 482 points.
OSU is coming off a 2015-16 campaign that produced four victories, including a 19-stroke triumph at the NCAA Stillwater Regional. Four different Cowboys, who all return this season, combined for five individual wins a year ago, including Big 12 champion Stratton Nolen and two-time winner Kristoffer Ventura.
The Cowboys will begin their fall slate on Sept. 2 at the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links. OSU posted a six-stroke victory at the event last year to open its season.
The 10th-ranked Sooners, who won twice in 2015-16, advanced to the match play portion of the 2016 NCAA Championship for the first time while making their sixth consecutive appearance in the finals. They will be led by senior Max McGreevy and sophomore Brad Dalke, who recently finished as the runnerup in the U.S. Amateur Championship. OU will also begin its season Sept. 2 at Pebble Beach.