NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished Monday morning’s play in eighth place after the opening round of the USC Collegiate Invitational in Westlake Village, Calif.
The Sooners recorded a first-round team score of 292 (+8) at the 6,742-yard North Ranch Country Club course in a field that included five teams ranked in Golf World’s latest top-15 rankings.
"We gave away a few strokes coming in but, overall, I was pleased with the way we hung in there," OU head coach Jim Ragan said.
OU found itself at the top of the team leaderboard early on, when the Sooners moved to a team total of 3-under after four holes of play.
Seventh ranked UCLA leads the team standings after opening with a first-round 3-under-par 281. Philip Pettitt, playing for the Volunteers, Eric Hastings of the University of Oregon and BYU's Nick Killpack lead the individual standings after shooting matching 4-under-par 67s.
Leading the OU charge was freshman Jesse Schutte who parred his first three holes of the morning before birdying three of the next four. Bogeys at one, three, seven and nine and a birdie at the par-4 sixth and 10th left the Oregon native at 1-under-par for the opening round and in a tie for 19th.
J.J. Wood, who posted a top-10 finish at this tournament last season for Pepperdine, parred his first three holes of the morning before a bogey at the par-3 13th. The Yuma, Ariz., product would go on to bogey the 17th, the other par-3 on the back side, before regrouping with eight straight pars. Wood birdied the par-5 eighth and finished with a par on nine and sits in a tie for 27th after round one
Phillip Bryan spent much of the first-nine atop the leaderboard with his fast start. The Mustang, Okla., junior, started his round at the par-4 ninth and opened with three straight pars before birdying the 526-yard par-5 12th hole.
Bryan, who has competed in a team-high 24 tournaments as a Sooner, added a birdie at the 16th and 18th for a bogey-free 3-under-par back nine. A par at the first and second was followed by a bogey at the third, dropping Bryan from the tournament lead. He would finish the front with three straight bogeys and stands in 35th after round one.
Nick Sheedy had a roller-coaster opening round that included only five pars. The Burlington, Iowa, native bogeyed the par-3 13th, his opening hole of the tournament, before a par at No. 14. Sheedy birdied the 15th and 18th to offset bogeys at 16 and 17. Moving to the front nine, a double-bogey six at No. 1 was followed by a quadruple bogey at two. Sheedy birdied the par-3 third before bogeying both the fourth and fifth holes. A double-bogey at the seventh was offset slightly by a birdie at the ninth. Sheedy is in a tie for 80th after the opening round.
Rounding out the OU scoring was freshman Ben Blundell who posted a 7-over-par 78 and is tied for 74th.
Round two is underway, having started at 2:30 p.m. (CST). Visit SoonerSports.com for complete tournament updates following each round.