Sooners Earn Third in Spring Opener

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Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Communications Assistant
FEBRUARY 22, 2017

NORMAN — The No. 11 Oklahoma men’s golf team advanced to finish third in The Prestige at PGA WEST. The three-day, 54-hole event took place at the par-71, 7,076-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif.

In the final round of their spring-opening tournament, the Sooners recorded a 282 (-2), their best round of the event and the second-best team round of the day. The squad ended the week with an overall 858 (+6).

“We really had a great chance today from the beginning, and I am proud of Quade (Cummins) for stepping up this week,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Max (McGreevy) had another nice week, and he continues to impress me with his consistency.”

With a three-round 852 (-1), No. 16 LSU won the title against a 13-team field that featured five squads ranked in the top 25 of GolfStat rankings. Pepperdine finished second, two strokes in front of the Sooners. No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 8 Stanford tied for fourth, three strokes behind OU.

Quade Cummins was OU’s best finisher, earning a share of third place with a three-round 209 (-4). The redshirt freshman pocketed five birdies en route to his second 69 (-2) of the tournament, marking his third career round in the 60s. His top-five finish is the first of his career, shattering his previous best, a tie for 35th.

Senior Max McGreevy carded the team’s best round of the day, a 68 (-3), to total a 211 (-2) and tie for ninth. This placing is the third top-10 appearance of his season and 14th of his career. The Edmond, Okla., native collected six birdies in the final round to record his 29th career round in the 60s.

Sophomore duo Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale tied for 39th with a three-round 221 (+8). The classmates each carded a 73 (+2) in the final round.

Junior Grant Hirschman bounced back from a difficult second round to post a 72 (+1) on the day. He finished the tournament with an overall 222 (+9) and a piece of 45th place.

Competing as an individual and unattached from team scoring was freshman Riley Casey, who had a breakout round on Wednesday. He fired a 68 (-3), marking his best career round and his second career round in the 60s. Casey’s 220 (+7) earned him a share of 32nd individually.

“We will need to get better before we head to Vegas in two weeks, and I know our guys will get back and work hard,” Hybl said.

The Sooners return to action March 6-8 (Monday-Wednesday) at the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas, Nev.

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