FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Oklahoma State and Oklahoma’s men’s golf teams will begin their fall slate this week with the first of three events in the Big 12 Fall Series when they compete at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
The event will get underway on Monday with 36 holes and will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday at the par-70, 7,204-yard layout. The event will utilize a 6-count-5 format with each team sending out a pair of threesomes. OSU’s first grouping will begin play at 8 a.m. with its second threesome starting play at 8:09.
Additionally, the event will be used to seed the Big 12 Match Play Tournament, which will get underway on Oct. 2 at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas.
The Cowboy lineup for this week will include junior Austin Eckroat, a second-team All-America selection a year ago, sophomore Eugenio Chacarra, a transfer from Wake Forest, and sophomore Aman Gupta, a semifinalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur.
Additionally, sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, a finalist at this summer’s Western Amateur, and freshmen Bo Jin and Brian Stark will round out the starters for OSU.
Freshman Jonas Baumgartner will make the trip as well with the potential to make his Cowboy debut.
Among the starters for OU will be seniors Quade Cummins and Thomas Johnson, juniors Patrick Welch and Logan McAllister, freshman Tucker Allen and transfer senior Jonathan Brightwell. Senior Garret Reband, who is on the preseason watch list along with Cummins for the Haskins Award honoring collegiate golf’s most outstanding player, is recuperating from a wrist injury.
“We feel so good being back on the road, and the guys are hungry and ready for this week,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Colonial is always a great challenge and it requires you to be patient all day long. We are really looking forward to teeing it up tomorrow and getting started.”
The No. 2 Sooners will join a field comprised of every team in the Big 12, as the event will set the seeding for the Big 12 Match Play Championship in Hockley, Texas, later in the week.
The Big 12 has been arguably the best golf conference in the country over the past 10 years with three national championships, including the Sooners in 2017, and four runner-up finishes. To begin the 2020-21 season, five of the 10 Big 12 teams playing this week are ranked in the NCAA DI top 25. Nine of the players are ranked in the top 40 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings in Sandy Scott (TTU) #5, Pierceson Coody (UT) #9, Garett Reband (OU), #16 Cole Hammer (UT) #20, Ludvig Aberg (TTU) #21, Quade Cummins (OU) #23, Austin Eckroat (OSU) #25 and Cooper Dossey (BU) #33.
Oklahoma enters year 12 under Hybl, who has turned the Sooners into one of the nation’s top programs, taking home the 2017 NCAA Championship and multiple Big 12 titles in his tenure. The Sooners are the only team in the country to advance to NCAA Match Play each of the last four seasons, and boast a roster that features three players ranked in the top 15 nationally, more than any other school.
THE FIELD (FINAL 2019-20 GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)
No. 2 Oklahoma
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Texas
No. 10 Baylor
Monday: Partly sunny with a high of 76 degrees and winds out of the north at 19 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high of 79 degrees and winds out of the north at 15 mph.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.