NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team will compete at the three-day, 54-hole Erin Hills Intercollegiate Sunday through Tuesday in Erin, Wis. The 14-team event will be played at the Erin Hills Golf Course, which is hosting its first-ever collegiate event and will be the site of the 2017 U.S. Open.
The 10th-ranked Sooners are coming off a season-opening victory at the Golfweek Challenge on Sept. 17 and a runner-up finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sept. 30. Although his team has posted strong finishes, OU head coach Ryan Hybl hopes this weekend will provide the Sooners a chance to clean up some aspects of their game.
“Each guy has been able to go back after each event and say, ‘There’s a lot of opportunity for me to get better,’” Hybl explained. “I’m hoping that all these guys look that much cleaner in this tournament because for one, the golf course is going to be hard. Also, the weather is not going to be great since it’s going to be cold. It’s going to be a tough test, and that means we are going to have to come out with sharp games.”
The Erin Hills Intercollegiate features five teams ranked in the Golfweek top 50. The tournament is a really solid one, according to Hybl, who said the course was a major draw in attending the tournament.
“One of the reasons we are going to this event is because the golf course is supposed to be unbelievable,” Hybl. “They hosted the U.S. Amateur two years ago and are hosting the U.S. Open three years from now. You just don’t get many opportunities to go play golf courses like that, so that’s an attraction.”
THE FIELD (GOLFWEEK RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oregon State (45)
UCLA (competing in first tournament, no Golfweek ranking yet)
1. Michael Gellerman, Junior: Finished in a tie for 24th at season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge with a 2-over-par 218 … Claimed a share of 19th place at Jack Nicklaus Invitational with a three-round 220 (+7) … Competed in eight of OU’s team events as a sophomore … Recorded a 74.43 (+2.83) scoring average last year when he claimed a season-best ninth-place finish at Linger Longer Invitational with a two-round 142 (-2).
2. Charlie Saxon, Junior: Claimed a share of seventh place at Golfweek Conference Challenge after shooting a 214 (-2) … Finished in a tie for 16th place with a 6-over 219 at Jack Nicklaus Invitational … Competed in six of OU’s 13 team tournaments as a sophomore, including last four of season … Also participated in 2013 Lions Classic, which he won with a two-round 141 (+1) … Posted a 73.00 (+2.10) scoring average.
3. Beau Titsworth, Sophomore: Placed a career-best 10th at Golfweek Conference Challenge with a 1-under 215 … Tied for 11th place at Jack Nicklaus Invitational after shooting a 218 (+5) … Competed in all 13 of OU’s team tournaments as a freshman … Recorded five top-20 finishes, including in his first three collegiate competitions … Finished season with a 73.11 (+1.66) scoring average … Has finished in the top 20 six times in his career.
4. Max McGreevy, Freshman: Ranked No. 32 as an individual in NCAA Division I, according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index … Earned Big 12 Men’s Golfer of the Month honors for September after being highest finisher for Sooners in first two tournaments … Led the Sooners at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a three-round 213 (-3) and fifth-place finish in his first collegiate tournament … Finished in eighth place after shooting a 214 (+1) at Jack Nicklaus Invitational … Won Oklahoma 6A State Championship in 2012 and 2013 … Was regarded by Golfweek as the country’s No. 11 recruit in the 2013 class.
5. Michael Schoolcraft, Senior: Posted a three-round 216 (E) at Golfweek Challenge en route to a tie for 13th place … Tied for 11th place at Jack Nicklaus Invitational with a 5-over-par 218 … Has competed in 33 events as a Sooner … Participated in all 13 of OU’s team tournaments as a junior … Finished season with a 72.84 (+1.39) scoring average, second best on team … Led team with four eagles and 111 birdies … Tied for third at Mason Rudolph Championship with a 5-under 208, his career-low 54 hole score.
Individual: Emilio Maurer, Freshman: Competing in his first collegiate tournament at Erin Hills Intercollegiate … Member of the Mexican National Team ... Was ranked by Golfweek as the No. 56 recruit of the 2013 class … Was the Copa Mazatlan Champion … Finished in ninth place at the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open … Qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship … Attended the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
The Erin Hills Golf Course in a 7,234-yard, par-72 track located in Erin, Wis. The course, which opened in 2006, will serve as the site of the 2017 U.S. Open. It was ranked No. 10 in Golf Digest’s latest list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.”
Fifty-four holes will be played over three days, with a round scheduled for each day. The first and second rounds will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT with teams teeing off on the first hole. On Tuesday, teams will tee off on holes No. 1 and No. 10.
The forecast calls for a high of 53 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain Sunday, a high of 61 degrees with a few showers (30 percent chance) Monday and a high of 67 with sunny skies Tuesday.
OU’S ERIN HILLS INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
This is the first time the Sooners have competed in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate.
Live stats (updated every three holes) will be available at www.golfstatresults.com. Click here for the direct link.