OU’s Hirschman wins individual crown, Cowboys take second at Southern Highlands Collegiate

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LAS VEGAS – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team followed up its third victory of the season in its last outing with a runner-up showing at the Southern Highlands Collegiate on Wednesday at Southern Highlands Golf Club. Oklahoma’s Grant Hirschman won the individual title, lifting the Sooners into a seventh-place finish.

In addition to their three tournament titles this year, the third-ranked Cowboys now have a pair of second-place finishes to their credit as well.

OSU carded an even-par score of 288 during its third round at the par-72, 7,374-yard layout to maintain its hold on the No. 2 spot. The Cowboys finished with a 54-hole score of 863, 1-under par, and 10 shots behind tournament champion Southern California.

California’s Collin Morikawa Hirschman shared the top spot on the individual leaderboard after posting matching totals of 210. Hirschman claimed medalist honors after defeating Morikawa on the first playoff hole with a birdie to Morikawa’s par.

A pair of Cowboys earned top-10 finishes with junior Kristoffer Ventura tying for seventh place and sophomore Zach Bauchou sharing 10th place.

Ventura closed with a 72 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place at 4-under 212, while Bauchou came in a stroke back at 213 after closing with a 71.

Sophomore Hayden Wood rose seven spots into a tie for 21st place at 219 after signing for a 72 during his third round.

Senior Zachary Olsen posted his second consecutive 76 to get in with a 223 total and tied for 34th place, while freshman Viktor Hovland carded his low round of the event, a 73, to tie for 57th place at 229.

OSU will return to action when it heads to Palm City, Fla., to take part in the Valspar Collegiate, which is set to get underway on March 19.
Hirschman’s win came against one of the most competitive fields in college golf, which featured six teams in the top 10 of Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 10 in the top 25. Additionally, out of 80 competitors on the 15 teams represented at the event, 34 are ranked in the top 100 of GolfStat individual rankings.

In Wednesday’s final round, the Sooners totaled a2-under 286, their best round of the tournament, to finish with a three-round 875.

“It’s always great finishing any tournament with a good round,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Hirschman played really well all week, and I am proud of him. We had a chance to see some guys that don’t play for us every week and it was nice to see what each one brought to the table for our squad.”

In the third round, Hirschman fired a 4-under 68, pocketing seven birdies and putting together a bogey-free front nine. The junior’s score matched the best round of the day among all 80 individuals and marks his 14th career round in the 60s. He moved up seven spots on the individual leaderboard to finish the tournament with a three-round 210, tying his season-low 54-hole score and placing him in a tie for first individually.

This title marks Hirschman’s second career win after he won the Gopher Invitational in September. He is the first Sooner to win two tournaments in one season since Abraham Ancer in 2010-11.

“This is the biggest regular season event of the season, so it’s a huge honor to win this week,” Hirschman said. “It’s always the best teams with the best players, and I’m thrilled to have won! I wish the team could have had a better finish, but to get a win here is very special.”

Senior Max McGreevy claimed a share of 18th place with a 54-hole 217, marking the 23rd top-20 finish of his career and sixth of his season.

The Edmond native recorded a 73 (+1) in the final round.

Junior Rylee Reinertson posted a 75 for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, bringing his total to 225 and a tie for 42nd.

Freshman Riley Casey shot a final-round 70 to tie for 46th. Redshirt freshman Quade Cummins shot 76 and tied for 59th at 230.

The Sooners will return to action on Monday for the 36-hole Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga.

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