Cowboys, Sooners open fall slates at Pebble Beach this weekend

Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team will get its 2014 fall schedule underway this weekend when it begins play at the fourth annual Carmel Cup.

The event will take place at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links and will consist of 54 holes beginning Friday and running through Sunday. The Cowboys will get their first round underway at 10:10 a.m. (PST) and will be grouped with Vanderbilt, Texas Tech and Georgia.

South Carolina, TCU, Arkansas and Oklahoma will also be in action at the par-72, 7,040-yard layout.

The Cowboys starting lineup will feature three players making their collegiate debuts. Redshirt freshmen Brendon Jelley and Stratton Nolen as well as true freshman Sam Stevens will all be making their first starts for OSU. That trio will be joined by sophomores Wyndham Clark and Zachary Olsen.

The University of Oklahoma men’s team returns four of five starters from last season’s team, including key seniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon. The Sooners enter the fall ranked No. 13 in Golfweek’s preseason poll. However, Saxon will be sidelined for the fall due to a shoulder injury. With this injury, Hybl said underclassmen will be expected to step up and contribute right away

"We’re going out to Pebble Beach, which is one of the best places in our country, and we are so excited,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “It’s only eight teams – a small, very quaint group – but great golf teams that are coming out. We are excited about just being at Pebble Beach and being able to play there for four straight days (including Thursday’s practice round).”

OU’s lineup for the Carmel Cup will include Gellerman, juniors Beau Titsworth and Luke Kwon, sophomore Max McGreevy and freshmen Grant Hirschman and Griffin Pierce.

This season, Hybl wants to see leadership from his pair of seniors to help the team take the next step. The ultimate goals? Winning a Big 12 Championship and qualifying for match play at the NCAA Championships.

“We are just going to keep building on what we’ve built here, the foundation over the last five years,” Hybl explained. “But it’s time for bigger and better things for us. One of our goals this year is obviously to win some team competitions and also to get some individuals winning tournaments. We just want to compete week to week.”

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