Sooners rally to take second in Husky Invitational, Kluver stays hot

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BREMERTON, Wash. – Oklahoma posted its best round of the Husky Invitational, a 278 (-10), in the final round to surge up the leaderboard and finish second on Tuesday.

Three Sooners in the lineup posted top-15 finishes, highlighted by Luke Kluver’s second consecutive top-10 finish. Oklahoma (2, -14) moved up three spots on the leaderboard in the final round to notch its best finish of the young season.

“For the second week in a row, Luke (Kluver) showed us the firepower that he has,” head coach Ryan Hybl said. “It’s great to see him clicking on all cylinders for us. I thought PJ (Mayank III) had a nice start to his college career. There are certainly opportunities for him to get better, but I liked what I saw this week. Overall, we’re still not clicking yet as a team, but I do believe that these guys will show something great coming up.”

The 14-team, 54-hole tournament was won by host school, Washington, who finished the week at 40-under par at Gold Mountain Golf Course, just outside of Seattle.

Kluver (6, -6), who posted his best finish as a Sooner (T5) last week at the Valero Texas Collegiate, continued his strong form this week. The Norfolk, Neb., product signed for 72-73-65 at the par-72 course to close his week at 6-under-par, good for solo sixth. On Tuesday, his bogey-free 65 (-7) was the week’s low round of all nine Sooners.

Freshman PJ Maybank III (T14, -2) debuted for Oklahoma in Bremerton, posting 74-68-72 to finish T14 at 2-under. He tied All-American teammate Ben Lorenz (T14, -2) on the leaderboard after the Peoria, Ariz., product carded a consistent 71-72-71 at the event.

Jake Holbrook (T22, -1) used rounds of 74-71-70 to finish T22, and Jase Summy (T44, +3) rounded out the lineup in a tie for 44th.

Four Sooners competed as individuals, with Drew Goodman posting a 212 (-4) to finish T9, the 10th top-10 of his career. Stephen Campbell Jr. and Jaxon Dowell fired matching 216s (E), sharing 28th on the leaderboard. In his college debut, Ryder Cowan posted a 221 (T52, +5).

The No. 10-ranked Sooners have now finished inside the top two in the team race at 26 of their last 38 (.684) tournaments dating back to the start of the 2020-21 season. Oklahoma has grabbed a top-five team finish in 46 of its previous 52 regular season events, a streak that dates to the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

Up next for Oklahoma is the Ben Hogan Invitational at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, slated for Oct. 2-3.


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