TEMPE, Ariz. The OU men’s golf team finished round one in a tie for fifth place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational after firing a first-round, 6-under-par team total. The Sooners head to Saturday’s second round just five shots back of leaders USC and Oregon at the par-72, 7,057-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course.
OU’s tie for fifth in the first-day standings marked the second-best score of all unranked squads in the 15-team field that features four team ranked in the latest Golf World top-20 rankings.
Derek Sipe of Oregon is on top of the individual standings after carding a 7-under-par 65.
Oklahoma was led by freshman Jesse Schutte who carded a 4-under-par 68 and sits in a tie for fifth in the individual standings. Starting on the 10th hole, the Florence, Ore., native bogeyed his opening hole but made the turn at 1 over after eight straight pars. Schutte made his march up the leaderboard with birdies on his first five holes of the front nine. Four consecutive pars to end the round put Schutte at 4 under.
Veterans Phillip Bryan and Nick Sheedy, the only players in this weeks lineup that competed for the Sooners last season, both sit in a tie for 22nd at 1 under. Sheedy’s score of 71 tied a season low for the senior.
Senior J.J. Wood carded an even-par 72 that included four birdies and four bogeys to finish Friday’s play in a tie for 31st. Rounding out the OU scoring was freshman Ben Blundell who stands in a tie for 44th at +1.
The invitational continues Saturday and Sunday with 18 holes each morning. Tee times begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. (PST) and Sunday at 7 a.m. (PST). Live stats are available at golfstat.com. Visit SoonerSports.com tomorrow evening for a complete recap of Saturday’s play.