Aug. 31, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf squad opened its fall practice schedule with a team retreat at The Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan, Okla., this past weekend.
The official start of the 2009-10 NCAA golf season came on Aug. 28, and the OU squad wasted no time getting back to the links, playing 72 holes during the three day trip at the 7110-yard, par-72 layout.
"This weekend was a great opportunity for our players and coaching staff to bond and begin to get to know each other," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "The camaraderie was outstanding and I think the group is excited about getting the season underway.
"This trip also gave us an excellent opportunity to evaluate our current team members and see where we stand," added Hybl. "Overall, I am pleased with the level of play that occurred and the quality individuals that make up this squad."
The squad kicked off the weekend with an 18-hole practice round after making the short trek to Duncan, followed by team meetings Friday night.
Qualifying for OU's first official tournament began on Saturday with a 36-hole qualifier, followed by another round of qualifying on Sunday.
The squad will continue qualifying rounds over the next month in preparation for the Sooners season opener at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., on Sept. 27-29.