NORMAN, Okla. -- After one round at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, the 14th-ranked Oklahoma men’s golf team sits in third place with a 296 (+8). The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the 7,510-yard, par-72 Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
All 15 teams in the field are ranked within the top 50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll, including the top five squads. No. 33 UNLV, who is hosting the event, holds the lead with a 289 (+1), and No. 3 Oklahoma State sits in second with a 5-over 293. No. 9 Stanford is in fourth with a 297 (+9), while No. 1 Alabama and No. 19 UCLA are tied for fourth with scores of 299 (+11).
OU head coach Ryan Hybl said he was pleased with his team's performance in the first round, especially against the strong field and at a challenging course.
"We had a good day," Hybl said. "All five guys were in it all day long, and that is huge out here. This is a very difficult golf course, and we have to keep grinding out every shot."
Three Sooners finished the first 18 holes within the top 15 spots on the leaderboard. After firing a 1-over 73, sophomore Beau Titsworth is tied for 11th place. Titsworth pocketed a birdie on the par-5 hole No. 3 and is three shots off tournament leader Wyndham Clark from Oklahoma State.
Senior Michael Schoolcraft and junior Michael Gellerman share 14th place after notching 2-over 74s. Both Schoolcraft and Gellerman parred 14 holes and carded a birdie in the round.
In 22nd place is junior Charlie Saxon, who recorded a 75 (+3) for the first 18 holes. Freshman Max McGreevy shot a 77 (+5) to sit in a tie for 36th place.
The second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters is slated for Saturday. OU will be paired with UNLV and Oklahoma State with tee times off hole No. 1 beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Live stats (updated every three holes) will be available at GolfStat.com.