Sooners repeat in Oak Hills Invitational, Tulsa sixth

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With a three-round 876 (+24), the 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team claimed the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational for the second straight season. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, OU’s first of the spring, was played at the 6,765-yard, par-71 Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.

Entering the final round, the Sooners held a one-stroke lead and shot a 13-over 297 on Tuesday to finish five strokes ahead of 28th-ranked Baylor. North Texas took third in the 15-team field with a 33-over 885, while Louisiana and East Carolina tied for fourth with an 896 (+44).

The win is the sixth for OU under head coach Ryan Hybl and the second this season. The Sooners also won the fall-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge at the Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.

“Our boys fought hard all week, even with there being some tough weather,” Hybl said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done, and that has to happen sometimes. We have a huge opportunity to get better, and that is the best part.”

The highest finisher for the Sooners was Michael Schoolcraft, whose 2-over 215 secured him third place, matching his career-best finish. The senior recorded a 4-over 75 for the final 18 holes.

With 4-over 217s, junior Michael Gellerman and sophomore Beau Titsworth landed in a tie for fifth place, the highest career showings for both. On Tuesday, Gellerman carded a 74 (+3) en route to securing his second top-five finish as a Sooner, while Titsworth, who competed as an individual, fired a 2-over 73.

Senior Eduardo Castiello and junior Charlie Saxon tied for 21st place with scores of 224 (+11). Castiello shot a 4-over 75 in the final round, and Saxon recorded a 77 (+6).

Max McGreevy carded a 2-over 73 for the final 18 holes, his lowest score of the tournament and 10 strokes better than his first-round total. The freshman tied for 44th place with a 231 (+18).

Freshman Emilio Maurer also participated as an individual and earned a share of 59th place with a 233 (+20).

The Sooners return to the course Feb. 23-25 when they travel to Rio Grande, P.R., for the Puerto Rico Classic.

The Tulsa men’s golf team finished in sixth place Tulsa junior Matt Mabrey turned in his second straight round of 72 to finish the tournament in 21st place with a 224 total. Senior Logan McCracken shot 78 on Tuesday and finished tied for 33rd place with teammate Colton Staggs, as the two turned in scores of 227. Staggs had a final round of 76 today.

Senior Mark Mumford finished in 44th place with a 231 total after today’s score of 78, while freshman Matthew Marquez carded his best round of the tournament with a 75 for a 232 total score.

Tulsa will be back in action at the John Hayt Invitational, Feb. 23-25, at the Sawgrass Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida.

1.      Oklahoma                      294-285-297=876

2.      Baylor                           287-293-301=881
3.      North Texas                  293-296-296=885
T4.   Louisiana                       299-295-302=896
T4.   East Carolina                 310-290-296=896
6.      Tulsa                            312-290-301=903
T7.   UTSA                            301-300-303=904
T7.   Wichita State                 304-299-301=904
T9.   LA Tech                        306-299-300=905
T9.   Kansas State                  304-300-301=905
11.    Texas State                    313-297-299=909
T12. SE Louisiana                  297-311-304=912
T12. UTEP                            306-306-300=912
14.    Sam Houston St.            310-294-319=923
15.    Houston Baptist             312-308-311=931
T21. Matt Mabrey                 80-72-72=224
T33. Logan McCracken         76-73-78=227
T33. Colton Staggs                 77-74-76=227
T44. Mark Mumford              82-71-78=231
T53. Matthew Marquez          79-78-75=232
1.      Kyle Jones, Baylor                     69-71-73=213 (E)
2.      Andreas Gjesteby, Baylor           75-72-67=214 (+1)
3.      Michael Schoolcraft, Oklahoma 71-69-75=215 (+2)
4.      Eric Brady, East Carolina           74-71-71=216 (+3)
T5.   Beau Titsworth, Oklahoma        73-71-73=217 (+4)
T5.   Michael Gellerman, Oklahoma   73-70-74=217 (+4)
T5.   Jason Roets, North Texas          69-73-75=217 (+4)


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