Aug. 29-31 | Pebble Beach, Calif. | Pebble Beach Golf Links
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team opens its season this weekend at the fourth annual Carmel Cup. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played Friday-Sunday (Aug. 29-31) at the iconic par-72, 7,040-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The first collegiate tournament of the fall features an eight-team field that includes four Big 12 and four SEC squads. Each team will play with six golfers, with the low five scores counting toward the team total each round.
“We are going out to Pebble Beach, which is one of the best places in our country, and we are so excited,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “It’s only eight teams – a small, very quaint group – but great golf teams that are coming out. We are excited about just being at Pebble Beach and being able to play there for four straight days (including Thursday’s practice round).”
Returning four of five starters from last season’s team, including key seniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon, the Sooners enter the fall ranked No. 13 in Golfweek’s preseason poll. However, Saxon will be sidelined for the fall due to a shoulder injury. With this injury, Hybl said underclassmen will be expected to step up and contribute right away.
OU’s lineup for the Carmel Cup will include Gellerman, juniors Beau Titsworth and Luke Kwon, sophomore Max McGreevy and freshmen Grant Hirschman and Griffin Pierce.
This season, Hybl wants to see leadership from his pair of seniors to help the team take the next step. The ultimate goals? Winning a Big 12 Championship and qualifying for match play at the NCAA Championships.
“We are just going to keep building on what we’ve built here, the foundation over the last five years,” Hybl explained. “But it’s time for bigger and better things for us. One of our goals this year is obviously to win some team competitions and also to get some individuals winning tournaments. We just want to compete week to week.”
1. Michael Gellerman, Senior: Recorded first career victory at Wyoming Cowboy Classic (6-under 204), becoming OU’s first individual medalist since 2011 … Led the Sooners with a career-low 72.22 (+0.90) scoring average, good for 10th place in the OU record books … Placed on 2014 All-Big 12 Team … Tallied three top-five finishes and team bests for top-10 and top-20 showings with five and eight, respectively … Advanced to match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship … Currently No. 66 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings.
2. Max McGreevy, Sophomore: Played in all 13 of OU’s team events as a freshman … Earned Big 12 Men’s Golfer of the Month Honors for September 2013 after being highest finisher for Sooners in first two tournaments … Led the Sooners last season at Golfweek Conference Challenge with a three-round 213 (-3) and fifth-place finish in his first collegiate tournament … Competed at 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship.
3. Grant Hirschman, Freshman: Claimed the 2014 Southeastern Amateur, one of the nation’s top amateur events … Named the Tennessee Best of Preps Golfer of the Year in 2013 and 2014 … Three-time TSSAA individual high school Division 2A state champion as a freshman, junior and senior (2010, 2012, 2013) … Member of two high school state championship teams (2011, 2013) … Tallied eight career AJGA top-five finishes.
4. Beau Titsworth, Junior: Participated in 12 of 13 OU team events last season … Placed on 2014 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team after taking a share of fifth, a career best for team events, with a 290 (+2) … Also finished in a tie for fifth place with a 217 (+4) competing as an individual at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational … Scoring average of 72.70 (+1.38) was third-best on team … Pocketed seven eagles, one off the OU single-season best.
5. Luke Kwon, Redshirt Junior: Making his first appearance in an OU team event … Played his first season at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas … Was named a 2011 Division II honorable mention PING All-American … Led St. Edward’s and the Heartland Conference with a 73.20 scoring average as a freshman.
6. Griffin Pierce, Freshman: Competed on the varsity golf team at Edmond North High School, which won its 10th straight Oklahoma Class 6A state championship last season … Finished sixth place in the state as a senior with a 231 … Notable tournament wins include Ardmore Invitational (spring 2013) and the AJGA KMPG Stacey Lewis Invitational (summer 2013), Norman Pediatrics Classic (fall 2013) and Lake Hefner Shootout (fall 2013).
The par-72, 7,040-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links serves as the course for the Carmel Cup. Pebble Beach was dubbed “America’s No. 1 Public Golf Course” by GolfDigest. Located on the Monterrey Peninsula in Northern California, Pebble Beach serves as the yearly host to a PGA Tour event and the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Additionally, it has played host to four U.S. Amateurs and five U.S. Opens, most recently in 2010. The U.S. Open is scheduled at the course in 2019.
Fifty-four holes will be played over three days. The Sooners’ tee times begin at 1 p.m. CT on Friday from hole No. 1.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 74 degrees with winds from the west, northwest at 10-15 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 72 degrees with winds from the west, northwest at 10-15 mph.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high of 74 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain and winds from the west at 10-15 mph.
OU’S CARMEL CUP HISTORY
This will be the first time the Sooners have competed at the Carmel Cup.
Live stats will be available at GolfStat.com.