Sooners cap fall season with 12-shot win in Hawaii

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NORMAN, Okla.–The No. 14 Oklahoma men’s golf team finished its fall season by taking the title at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational with an overall 837 (-15), while four individuals finished in the top 20. The three-day, 54-hole tournament took place at the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Ka’anapali Course in Maui, Hawaii.

This team win is the 12th under seventh-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl and the second of the season.

The Sooners, who led after both the first and second round, fired a 280 (-4) Sunday and were the only squad to finish the round under par.

"These guys did a great job this week from top to bottom–everyone pitched in to help us win," Hybl said. "The conditions were tough with the wind and quick greens, and we played great."

OU edged out No. 17 Georgia, who finished at 849 (-3), by 12 strokes. The Sooners and the Bulldogs were the only teams to end the tournament below par. No. 37 NC State took third at 862 (+10), and CSU-Northridge ended in fourth at 863 (+11). No. 21 South Carolina rounded out the top five with an 864 (+10).

Brad Dalke was the best finisher for the Sooners. The freshman earned his first top-five placing at second overall, one stroke off the lead. He made four birdies en route to a 68 (-3) for the round and his lowest 54-hole score, 206 (-7).

Sophomore Grant Hirschman ended the tournament in fourth place, his first top-five finish of the season and second of his career. Hirschman recorded an even 71 in the third round and a 208 (-5) for the weekend, his career-low 54-hole total.

Also ending in the top 20 for the Sooners were senior Luke Kwon and junior Max McGreevy, who both took a share of 11th with an overall 213 (E). Kwon tallied a 69 (-2) on the day with birdies on three consecutive holes to earn his third career top-20 finish and tie his best 18-hole score. McGreevy carded a 73 (+2) for the round and produced his 11th top-20 finish.

Sophomore Rylee Reinerston, who competed as an individual and was unattached from team scoring, finished the tournament in a tie for 26th, his best career finish, with an overall 218 (+5), shooting a 74 (+3) for the third round.

Showing improvement for the second round in a row was Aaron Terrazas. The freshman had his best round of the weekend, a 72 (+1), on Sunday and ended in a tie for 44th with an overall 221 (+8).

"There were a lot of highlights this week," Hybl said. "Brad played really well all week, and I think he is starting to figure out his game. Grant played phenomenal all week, and if not for a couple holes, and he probably would have won. Max had the best round in my opinion in the second round and that allowed us to keep momentum. Luke played great today and it was fun to see him get going. Aaron fought all week and helped us out big time the final two rounds. All in all, a great way to end the fall."

The Sooners will begin the spring season Feb. 8-9 (Monday-Tuesday) at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

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