HUTCHINSON, Kan. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in fifth place after posting a final-round 299 (+19) at the Big 12 Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas, Tuesday. The Sooners’ tournament total of 903 (+63) at the par-70, 6,611-yard Prairie Dunes Golf Club resulted in OU’s fifth top-10 finish of the season.
Battling rain and wind gusts in excess of 30 mph, Oklahoma’s fifth-place effort bested all other unranked squads in the field. All four teams that placed higher than the Sooners were ranked in the latest Golfstat top-40 as OU enhanced its postseason tournament resume with the strong finish.
The Sooners have placed in the top half of the Big 12 Championship standings nine out of 11 years.
Freshman Jesse Schutte fired a 5-over-par 75 in the final round to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place, the best Sooner finish for a freshman at the Big 12 Championships since Anthony Kim’s second-place effort in 2004. It was Schutte’s sixth top-40 finish in his stellar freshman campaign.
Entering the day in a tie for eighth, Schutte faded back after a front-nine 42 that included two bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey at the par-4 fifth. The Florence, Ore., native would respond, posting one of just two bogey-free back-nine rounds out of the 60-player field. Schutte birdied No. 13 and the 519-yard, par-5 17th to finish the round at +5.
Nick Sheedy finished in a tie for 22nd place after matching Schutte’s final-round 75, marking his fourth straight top-40 finish.
The Burlington, Iowa, senior was 4-over through nine holes, but played the back nine in 1-over fashion. Sheedy played his final 36 holes at +7 after opening with a 10-over-par 80.
Senior J.J. Wood also carded a final-round 75 in his first Big 12 Championship after transferring from Pepperdine last summer. The Yuma, Ariz., product finished in a tie for 27th, marking his sixth top-30 finish as a Sooner.
Freshman Ben Blundell posted a 30th-place finish after a final-round 74, the third-best Sooner score in the tournament. Blundell’s showing marked the Rowlett, Texas, native’s best tournament finish since placing 12th at the CordeValle Collegiate on November 7.
Rounding out the OU scoring was junior Phillip Bryan who shot a final-round 81 (+11). Bryan carded rounds of 77, 80 and 81 to finish in a tie for 53rd.
Overnight leader Oklahoma State took home first-place honors by seven strokes over Texas A&M. The Cowboys closed with a final-round 287 (+7), the second-best score of the tournament, to hold off the Aggies who started the round five shots back.
Pablo Martin gave OSU the sweep, earning medalist honors after firing a 2-under-par 68 on Tuesday. Martin finished the tournament at +1 (211), besting teammate Ryan Posey by three strokes.
OU returns to the links May 12-13 when it hosts the Perry Maxwell Invitational in Ardmore, Okla. The 54-hole event, held at the par-70 Dornick Hills Country Club, is free to the public. Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for more information about the Maxwell.