Strong start for Lorenz as Sooners open play in Puerto Rico Classic

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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Playing unattached from the lineup, Ben Lorenz showed the field why he was an All-American last season as the Sooner posted an opening-round 66 (-6) and shares second after 18 holes at the three-day Puerto Rico Classic.

The 15th-ranked Sooners (-12, 276) sit in fifth place, five back of North Florida in a crowded 15-team field that saw every team finish the opening day in the red. Drew Goodman paved the way for the OU lineup, signing for a 5-under 67.

The Sooners battled early in the day as Goodman posted birdies on three of his first five and freshman Ryder Cowan started his day 2-under thru four. But it was an up-and-down round for head coach Ryan Hybl‘s team as the Sooners posted 22 birdies, third-most in the field, but accounted for just 55 pars, the third-fewest on Sunday.

Goodman (T5, -5) was nearly perfect at the par-72 Grand Reserve Golf Club, which has played host to the PR Classic in each of the last two seasons. The Norman, Okla., product was 6-under thru 16 before his lone bogey of the day on No. 17 moved him into a tie for fifth, four back of the lead.

Freshman duo Ryder Cowan (T17, -3) and PJ Maybank III (T17, -3) fired matching 69s (-3) to share 17th in Rio Grande, with Maybank III punctuating his round with an eagle on his next-to-last hole.

Jase Summy signed for a 71 (-1) and Luke Kluver rounded out the OU card with an even-par 72.

Lorenz (T2, -6) is playing as an individual in Puerto Rico, and posted a clean 66 on Sunday. He eagled No. 2 and tallied birdies on Nos. 3, 12, 15 and 16 on his bogey-free day. He’ll enter Monday’s second round three shots back of Iowa’s Noah Kent (1, -9).

Stephen Campbell Jr. and Jaxon Dowell each signed for 3-under 69s to share 17th with Cowan and Maybank III but are playing unattached from the OU lineup.

The Sooners tee off on Monday at 6:30 a.m. CT in the tournament’s second of three rounds with Georgia (4, -13) and No. 9 East Tennessee State (6, -9).

Oklahoma won the event in each of the last two seasons.


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