HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf team's season came to a close on Monday as it finished the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships in a tie for 16th place with a three-round 854 (+14). The 30-team tournament was played at the 6,948-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club.
The Sooners, who competed as the No. 13 seed at the event, started the final 18 holes of stroke play in a tie for sixth place. However, they slipped down the leaderboard after tallying a 14-over-par 294 for the round, their first over-par team score of the tournament. The NCAA appearance was OU's fourth straight and 35th overall.
"We had it right where we wanted it with about six holes to go, and bad things happened. We struggled to finish, and everyone is very disappointed," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We had high hopes for today, and we wanted one of those eight slots."
After 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams advanced to match play, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the national champion team.
No. 3 seed Stanford won the stroke play portion with a 13-under 827. No. 1 seed and defending national champion Alabama and No. 15 seed LSU tied for second with scores of 836 (-4). No. 2 seed Oklahoma State placed fourth with an even-par 840, No. 4 seed Georgia Tech took third with an 841 (+1) and No. 19 seed UCLA finished sixth with a 4-over 844. No. 8 seed Illinois and No. 24 seed SMU tied for seventh with 5-over 845s. Stanford's Cameron Wilson was crowned the individual NCAA champion after defeating Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech in a three-hole playoff.
Junior Charlie Saxon posted OU's highest finish in the event, taking a share of 29th place with an even-par 210. Saxon, who recorded a 74 (+4) on Monday, was as high as second place individually but recorded a 4-over-par score on his final seven holes.
With a three-round 212 (+2), Beau Titsworth finished in a tie for 42nd place after carding a 5-over-par 75 for the final 18 holes. The sophomore pocketed an eagle on the par-5 hole No. 7, his sixth of the year, tying him for the second most in program history with former Sooners Jesse Schutte (2007-08 season) and Hunter Haas (1998-99 season).
After posting a 73 (+3) on Monday, junior Michael Gellerman, who played approximately 30 miles from his hometown of Sterling, Kan., tied for 55th with a 214 (+4). Freshman Max McGreevy tied for 89th place in his first NCAA appearance after shooting a 2-over 72 for the final 18 holes, bringing his total to 218 (+8). Senior Michael Schoolcraft closed his collegiate career with a third-round 87 (+17). His tournament total of 255 (+45) landed him in 155th place.
Despite the disappointing finish to the year, fifth-year coach Hybl shared that he is proud of his squad and is looking forward to what the future holds for the Sooners.
"We had a great year, and I am so proud of this group of guys," Hybl said. "Four of them will be coming back next year, and I know we will be hungry. We keep gaining valuable experiences, and I know it will pay off."