SUGAR GROVE, Ill. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf squad hits the links Thursday for the first round of the NCAA Central Regional at the par-72, 7,184-yard Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Sooners are seeking back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championship field for the first time since 2000-2001.
The Sooners have advanced to postseason play in each of head coach Jim Ragan's seven years at OU and have finished in the top 10 in two of the last three NCAA Regionals.
Joining the Sooners in the 27-team field are seven of the top 20 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including Lamar (No. 3), Alabama (No. 4), Oklahoma State (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 14), Tulsa (No. 16), Tennessee (No. 17) and Louisville (No. 18).
The 54-hole NCAA Regional format includes 18 holes Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on one of the advancing squads from the regional field will advance to the NCAA Championships held May 30-June 2 at the Golden Horsehoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
Representing the Sooners are freshman Ben Blundell, Academic All-Big 12 honoree Phillip Bryan, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jesse Schutte and seniors Nick Sheedy and J.J. Wood.
Schutte, a freshman, leads OU with a 73.71 stroke average and has recorded four top-20 finishes.
Live scoring is available at golfstat.com. Visit SoonerSports.com for a complete recap of each round.