OU Rallies to Finish Fourth at Pebble Beach

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 31, 2014
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Aug. 29-31 | Pebble Beach, Calif. | Pebble Beach Golf Links

Team Standings
    1 2 3 Total
1. Georgia 352 358 353 1063
2. Vanderbilt 364 353 351 1068
3. TCU 361 350 363 1074
T4. Oklahoma 359 363 353 1075
T4. Texas Tech 355 356 364 1075
6. South Carolina 362 352 365 1079
7. Arkansas 361 359 368 1088
8. Oklahoma State 362 373 366 1101
OU Players
    1 2 3 Total
T4. M. McGreevy 71 71 69 211
T10. M. Gellerman 71 72 70 213
T15. G. Hirschman 72 70 74 216
T33. G. Pierce 71 79 72 222
T38. B. Titsworth 80 75 68 223
T38. L. Kwon 74 75 74 223

NORMAN, Okla. -- Behind its best single-round score of the event, the Oklahoma men's golf team tied for fourth place with a 1075 (-5) at its season-opening tournament, the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, California. The event was played at the iconic par-72, 7,040-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The eight-team tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt, included four Big 12 and four SEC squads. Each team played with six golfers, with the low five scores counting toward the team total.

The Sooners, who are ranked No. 11 according to the GCAA Coaches Preseason Poll, tied with Texas Tech. OU recorded its lowest score of the tournament on Sunday, a 7-under-par 353, six strokes better than its first-round total. The Sooners started the day in seventh place.

"We had a great final round, which is something we didn't do very well last year and that we want to change this year. Our guys did a fantastic job finishing today" OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "This tournament was one of the best experiences we have ever had, and we are lucky to be part of such a cool trip."

No. 5 Georgia won the team title with a 1063 (-17), five strokes ahead of second-place Vanderbilt. TCU placed third with a 1074 (-6), and No. 12 South Carolina was sixth with a 1-under 1079. No. 21 Arkansas finished the tournament in seventh with an 8-over 1088, while No. 1 Oklahoma State took eighth with an 1101 (+21). Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart topped the individual leaderboard with a 205 (-11).

The Sooners were paced by three players finishing within the top 15, including sophomore Max McGreevy, senior Michael Gellerman and freshman Grant Hirschman.

McGreevy led OU, grabbing his third career top-10 finish after tying for fourth place, a career best. McGreevy played all three rounds under par and recorded a 211 (-5), including a 3-under 69 on Sunday.

With a 213 (-3), Gellerman finished in a tie for 10th place, his 10th top-10 showing of his career. The senior tallied a 2-under 70 on Sunday and pocketed six birdies. Gellerman and McGreevy recorded a team-best 14 total birdies at the event.

Hirschman claimed a share of 15th place in his first collegiate tournament. Hirschman shot a 2-over 74 for the final 18 holes, bringing his three-round total to an even-par 216.

After posting an even-par 72 for the final 18 holes, freshman Griffin Pierce tied for 33rd place with a 222 (+6). The round was Pierce's second par or better score at the event after posting a 71 (-1) on Friday.

Juniors Beau Titsworth and Luke Kwon tied for 38th place with 7-over-par 223s. After struggling in the first two rounds, Titsworth fired an impressive, bogey-free 4-under-par 68 on Sunday, the lowest score by a Sooner at the event. Kwon, who was competing in his first OU team event, shot a 74 (+4) to close the tournament.

The Sooners return to the course Sept. 12-14 (Friday-Sunday) as they travel to Olympia Fields, Illinois, for the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite.



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