NORMAN, Okla. - Driving rain and cool temperatures didn’t dampen the spirits of the Sooners as they hosted the first round of the inaugural Oklahoma Intercollegiate at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla.
The eight-team field faced consistent rains and temperatures hovering in the high 50’s. As the morning progressed, the winds increased, gusting to 30 mph at times.
“We are thrilled to be able to host such a competitive event,” said OU men’s golf head coach Jim Ragan. “It’s a shame we had some weather roll in, the golf course was set up in perfect condition.”
Someone forgot to tell OU freshman Jesse Schutte that the conditions were not apt for scoring. In just his second collegiate start, the Florence, Ore., native fired a 2-over-par 73. After a double-bogey at the first hole, Schutte responded with birdies at the par-4 third and the par-4 ninth. A triple-bogey at the 12th dropped the freshman to 5-over but Schutte responded, playing the final six holes in three-under-par. Schutte had the only eagle of the first round with a three at the par-5 16th.
Fellow freshman Eric Durbin sits in a tie for 21st after carding an opening round 79. The Houston, Texas, native improved five shots between nines after shooting a 42 on the front. Also firing an opening round 79 was junior Phillip Bryan, the lone starter to play on last years Sooner squad. Rounding out OU’s first-round team scoring was freshman Blaine Butner and senior J.J. Wood who shot rounds of 82 and 83, respectively.
Playing as individuals for the Sooners were Ben Blundell, Brandon Pelletier, Spencer Rives and Nick Sheedy. Blundell, a freshman from Rowlett, Texas, carded a 5-over-par 76, putting him in 9th in the individual standings. Rives sits in a tie for 27th after an opening round 80, while Sheedy fired a 86 and Pelletier an 87.
“Considering the weather conditions, I thought we battled well,” said Ragan. “ Staying mentally tough in the bad weather will help us, and the other teams in the tournament, down the road whether it be conference, regionals, or even nationals.”
The par-71 Oak Tree Golf Club, home of the 2006 Senior PGA Championship, proved why it is considered one of the toughest in America. The course, combined with the tough weather conditions, resulted in no scores in red figures.
Ohio State University leads the team standings after an opening round 304 (+20). In the individual standings, Arkansas Razorback Andrew Landry carded an even par 71. After a two-over-par 38 on the front, Landry responded with a back nine 33.
1. Ohio State, 304 (+20)
2. Tulsa, 305 (+21)
3. LSU, 306 (+22)
4. Arkansas, 310 (+26)
5. Oklahoma, 313 (+29)
6. Michigan, 315 (+32)
7. SMU, 316 (+32)
Baylor, 316 (+32)
1. Andrew Landry (Arkansas), 38-33 (71)
2. Chris Wells (LSU), 40-32 (72)
Sam Korbe (Tulsa), 38-34 (72)
4. Jesse Schutte (Oklahoma), 37-36 (73)
5. Tim Schaetzel (Michigan), 37-38 (75)
Colin Biles (Ohio State), 40-35 (75)
Dan Rush (Ohio State), 39-36 (75)
Wesley Williams (Baylor), 36-39 (75)
9. Jack Tyler (Ohio State), 39-37 (76)
Bill Allcorn (Baylor), 41-35 (76)
Billy McKay (Michigan), 40-36 (76)
Colton Williams* (Baylor), 39-37 (76)
Ben Blundell* (Oklahoma), 40-36 (76)
* - Playing as an individual