NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl announced Wednesday the signing of three golfers to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the 2014-15 season. Joining the Sooners next season will be Grant Hirschman, Griffin Pierce and Rylee Reinertson.
“All three of our signees today are leaders in the classroom, dynamic on the golf course and great people in their communities,” Hybl said. “We are excited about each one of them, and they all will bring excitement and a passion to our program. There is no doubt that we are really excited about this class coming to the University of Oklahoma to be a part of our tradition and to help build their own legacies.”
St. George’s High School
Ranked 45th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard, Hirschman is a two-time TSSAA Individual High School State Champion (2011 and 2013) and a member of two High School State Championship teams (2010, 2012 and 2013). In 2012, Hirschman was named the Tennessee Best of Preps Golfer of the Year and was a Best of Preps Finalist in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Hirschman has seven top-5 finishes in AJGA events and has won four high school tournaments (Ronnie Wenzler Memorial in 2012 and 2013; the Mustang Invitational in 2011; and the West Tennessee Region in 2013). At the 2013 Scott Robertson Memorial, Hirschman placed fifth. Hirschman currently has a 3.56 GPA.
OU Head Coach Ryan Hybl on Grant Hirschman:
“Grant is going to be a great player for us and has proven himself on a national stage already,” Hybl said. “He is a three-time state high school champion and is a great student. His work ethic is second to none, and I can’t wait for him to get here.”
Edmond North High School
Pierce is ranked No. 78 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Since his freshman year, Pierce has competed on the varsity golf team at Edmond North, which has won nine straight state championships. In 2013, Pierce posted a 71.42 stroke average. Some notable tournament victories for Pierce include the Ardmore Invitational (spring 2013) and the AJGA KMPG Stacey Lewis Invitational (summer 2013). Pierce also finished third at the Aaron’s Bob Estes Abilene Invitational this past summer. This fall, Pierce has won the Norman Pediatrics Classic and the Lake Hefner Shootout with totals of 131 and 133, respectively, a cumulative total of 20 under par. Additionally, Pierce has a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the AJGA 2013 HP Scholastic Honor Roll.
OU Head Coach Ryan Hybl on Griffin Pierce:
“It is always nice to get Oklahoma boys on our team and I am really excited about Griffin. He really knows how to play the game of golf and is just now coming into his own on the golf course. He has displayed how to win which is hugely valued in our sport. He is also a great student and his dad, Cliff Pierce, played on our golf team back in the 80’s and was an Academic All-American here at OU.”
Gibbon High School
A two-time Nebraska Jr Golfer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Reinertson is 79th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Reinertson has won 21 of 26 high school tournaments and helped his team to the state title in 2013. In AJGA tournaments, Reinertson has finished in the top 5 five times and within the top 10 two more times. Reinertson placed fourth at the 2012 Callaway Jr World Tour San Diego and the 2012 PGA Junior Ft. Wayne. Notable wins include the PGA Jr Series Omaha in 2012, the Fremont Men’s Amateur in 2012 and the Michelob Men’s Amateur in 2012. Reinertson is a five-time selection to the Nebraska-Kansas Cup Teams. Reinertson also played basketball and has received numerous honors in the sport, including Nebraska’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 for his school’s classification and was named the 2013 Central Nebraska Athlete of the Year. Reinertson is president of his school's National Honor Society and has been on the “A” honor roll throughout high school and is a three time NSAA Academic All-State team member for both golf and basketball (2011, 2012, 2013).
OU Head Coach Ryan Hybl on Rylee Reinertson:
“Rylee is one of the best athletes you will ever find in golf. Not only is he a great golfer, but he is awesome to watch on the basketball court. He is also a tremendous student, and we expect big things from Rylee throughout his career.”