While college coaches have been banned from attending amateur events all summer, University of Oklahoma coach Ryan Hybl has found a way to get on site at certain prestigious amateur events. By competing in them.
Not just competing, but often outperforming many of the nation’s top collegians, including some of his own players.
Hybl finished tied for 15th last week in the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur, opening with a 5-under 65. That wasn’t as good as his top player Quade Cummins, who tied for fourth at 9-under. But it was better than Texas’ All-American Cole Hammer, who tied for 21st at 4-under. And OU sophomore Logan McAllister tied for 41st at even par. Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat tied for 41st at 1-over.
Hybl was a two-time All-American at Georgia during his career from 2001-04 and later tried his hand at professional golf before becoming a full-time coach. He took over the Sooner program in 2009.
Andrew Goodman of Norman placed third in the Under Armor/Jordan Spieth Championship on the AJGA circuit. Jenni Roller of Jenks tied for 19th in the girls division. In the AJGA Junior All-Star in Bryan, Texas, Ryder Cowan of Edmond tied for sixth in the boys division and Raychel Nelke of Pocola tied for sixth among girls.
Earlier this month, Sam Morris of Tulsa tied for seventh in the AJGA Preview at Bentwater in Montgomery, Texas, while Rylee Roberts of Edmond placed fourth in the same event.
Drew Mabrey of Tulsa tied for first in a qualifier for the Bob Estes Junior Championship in Abilene and then tied for 22nd in the event, Jordan Wilson of Edmond placed third at the Callaway Texas Junior Open at Willow Park and second in the St. Louis Junior. idn’t win the Abilene AJGA . He tied for first in the qualifier.
Many Oklahoma juniors are competing this week in the rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops Payne Stewart Junior Championship at Buffalo Ridge Golf Course near Branson and next week at the Gateway First Bank Tulsa Junior hosted by Bo Van Pelt at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow.