Kluver, Sooners finish fifth at Valero Texas Collegiate, Hybl vows improvement

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Oklahoma used five birdies over its last three holes to move up the leaderboard and finish fifth at the season-opening Valero Texas Collegiate.

The top-five finish is No. 7/10 Oklahoma’s 45th in its last 51 regular season tournaments dating back to the 2018-19 season. Luke Kluver posted his best round as a Sooner for the second consecutive day en route to a fifth-place finish.

“Overall it wasn’t a great week for us,” head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Our ball striking off the tee put us in too many bad positions throughout this golf course, and we just never had an elite look to us this week. We need to clean up quite a few areas of our games that stood out this week before we compete again. We’ll go back to the drawing board as a squad and get better.”

The 12-team, 54-hole event held at TPC San Antonio featured three ranked teams, including Oklahoma (5, +1) and nine teams that made NCAA Regionals last season. No. 3/2 Vanderbilt (-13) won the team title, while three golfers shared medalist honors at 6-under par.

After posting his low round as a Sooner yesterday with a 68, Kluver fired a 67 (-5) in Monday’s final round, punctuated by a birdie on the 18th to move into a tie for fifth. The Norfolk, Neb., product transferred to OU from the University of Kansas before last season, and his T5 finish this weekend was the best of his Oklahoma career and fourth of his collegiate career.

“I loved what I saw from Luke (Kluver) over the last two days,” Hybl added. “It was big-time play from him which will give him the confidence that he deserves. His ball striking was high level for the last two rounds.”

Stephen Campbell Jr. signed for a 73 (+1) on Monday to grab a share of 16th, his 12th top-20 finish as a Sooner.

Jase Summy rebounded from a tough two-round stretch with a 72 (E) in the final round to post a T33 finish. Jake Holbrook used a 74 (+2) to finish 38th, and Drew Goodman rounded out the Oklahoma lineup with a T51 finish.

Ben Lorenz finished T38 as an unattached player after posting a 76-72-74 weekend.

The Sooners tallied 50 birdies on the week, good for fourth in the field, but just 162 pars (8th) proved the difference at the PGA Tour course.

Oklahoma returns to the course Sept. 18-19 for the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash.


 

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