Sooners climb into third, TU slides to 10th in Oak Hills Invitational

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The No. 16 Oklahoma men’s golf team climbed three spots in the final round to take third place out of 15 teams at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,765-yard, par-71 Oak Hills Country Club.

The Sooners began the day in sixth place at 17 over par before firing a 2-over-par 286 on Tuesday, bringing their three-round total to 871 (+19).

"Today was definitely much better, but we are still not where we need to be," sixth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We have a long way to go, and it was evident this week with how poorly we played across the board. It is time to get back to work to figure it out. We need to be tougher and better short gamers."

Eighth-ranked Baylor, coached by former Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw, claimed the tournament title, finishing with an 850 (-2), while host school UTSA was the runner-up with a 14-over-par 866. North Texas placed fourth at 24 over par, and Wichita State and Houston Baptist tied for fifth with scores of 877 (+25). Kyle Jones of Baylor finished first individually with a 205 (-8).

Senior Michael Gellerman led OU with a 215 (+2), including an even-par 71 for the final 18 holes. Gellerman, who pocketed three birdies on Monday and nine total for the event, claimed a share of eighth place, his third top-10 showing of the season.

With a 219 (+6), freshman Grant Hirschman tied for 24th place, while sophomore Max McGreevy finished in a tie for 34th place with a 222 (+9). Hirschman shot a 3-over-par 74 in the final round, and McGreevy posted a 78 (+7).

Both junior Beau Titsworth and senior Charlie Saxon recorded their best rounds of the tournament on Tuesday with a 68 (-4) and 73 (+2), respectively. Titsworth’s 68 was nine strokes better than his previous low this week, and his three-round 224 (+11) tied him for 42nd place. Saxon tied for 45th with a 225 (+12).

Playing as an individual, Luke Kwon took a share of 29th place with a 220 (+7). The junior shot a 6-over-par 76 to close out the tournament.

The Sooners return to the course Feb. 22-24 (Sunday-Tuesday) as they head to Rio Grande, P.R., for the Puerto Rico Classic. 

Tulsa finished in 10th place after a final round 300 for an 880 total.

Tulsa senior Matt Mabrey finished in 17th place after a final round score of 74 to finish with a 5-over par 218. Fellow senior Colton Staggs placed 32nd overall with a 54-hole total of 221 after today’s score of 75. Francisco Yanez finished in 53rd place with a 227 total after today’s score of 78, while Sebastian Smith and Matthew Marquez tied for 56th place at 228. Marquez had a final round 75, while Smith shot 76 today. 

Tulsa will be back in action at the Puerto Rico Classic, February 22-24, at the Rio Marr Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1.      Baylor                                284-288-278=850
2.      UTSA                                290-287-289=866
3.      Oklahoma                          295-290-286=871
4.      North Texas                      298-290-288=876
T5.   Wichita State                     293-291-293=877
T5.   Houston Baptist                 295-287-295=877
7.      Sam Houston State             296-286-296=878
8.      Texas State                        296-294-289=879
9.      Denver                               295-296-288=880
10.    Tulsa                                  289-297-300=886
11.    LA Tech                            308-293-290=891
12.    Central Arkansas                306-290-298=894
13.    UL-Lafayette                     298-294-303=895
14.    Rice                                   296-303-299=898
15.    Northern Colorado             307-303-302=912
T8.    M. Gellerman    73    71    71    215
T24.    G. Hirschman    71    74    74    219
T29.    L. Kwon    70    73    77    220
T34.    M. McGreevy    75    69    78    222
T42.    B. Titsworth    77    79    68    224
T45.    C. Saxon    76    76    73    225

T17. Matt Mabrey                      72-71-74=218
T32. Colton Staggs                     71-75-75=221
T53. Francisco Yanez                 72-77-78=227
T56. Sebastian Smith                  73-79-76=228
T56. Matthew Marquez              79-74-75=228
1.      Kyle Jones, Baylor             71-67-67=205 (-8)
2.      Preston Stanley, HBU        66-72-69=207 (-6)
3.      Andreas Gjesteby, Baylor   70-73-67=210 (-3)
4.      Logan Boatner, SHSU        72-66-73=211 (-2)
T5.   Bryce Alley, UTSA            75-68-71=214 (+1)
T5.   Brett Hogan                       73-69-72=214 (+1)

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