NORMAN — After the first round of the competitive Southern Highlands Collegiate, the No. 11 Oklahoma men’s golf team is tied for eighth place. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the par-72, 7,374-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.
The Sooners combined for a 292 (+4) on Monday against one of the best fields in college golf, which features six teams in the top 10 of Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 10 in the top 25. OU is currently tied with No. 2 Florida, the top-ranked team in the tournament, and California.
“(Max) McGreevy and (Grant) Hirschman both did a nice job today for us,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We need these other three guys to step up for the next couple of rounds. The golf course played firm and fast, and it is only going to get quicker out here.”
No. 7 USC leads the elite field after posting a 278 (-10) on Monday. No. 10 Stanford is in second at 281 (-7), and Pepperdine is one stroke behind the Cardinal. No. 3 Oklahoma State sits in fourth with a 286 (-2), and SMU rounds out the top five at 287 (-1).
Junior Grant Hirschman paces OU, holding a piece of seventh place out of 80 individual competitors. He pocketed five birdies on the day en route to a 70 (-2).
One stroke behind Hirschman is senior Max McGreevy, who sits in a tie for 12th. He fired two birdies and put together a bogey-free back nine on Monday.
Rylee Reinertson shares 50th place after carding a 75 (+3). The junior bookended his round with birdies on the first and 18th holes and totaled three overall.
Redshirt freshman Quade Cummins recorded a 76 (+4) on Monday and is tied for 58th. True freshman Riley Casey tallied a 79 (+7) and holds a share of 71st.
The second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate is scheduled for Tuesday, and the Sooners will begin teeing off at 11 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.