NORMAN — Behind Grant Hirschman’s individual medalist honors, the No. 11 Oklahoma men’s golf team claimed seventh at the elite Southern Highlands Collegiate. The three-day, 54-hole tournament took place at the par-72, 7,374-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Hirschman’s win came against one of the most competitive fields in college golf, which featured six teams in the top 10 of Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 10 in the top 25. Additionally, out of the 80 competitors on the 15 teams represented at the event, 34 are ranked in the top 100 of GolfStat individual rankings.
In Wednesday’s final round, the Sooners totaled a 286 (-2), their best round of the tournament, to finish with a three-round 875 (+11).
“It’s always great finishing any tournament with a good round,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Hirschman played really well all week, and I am proud of him. We had a chance to see some guys that don't play for us every week and it was nice to see what each one brought to the table for our squad.”
No. 7 USC took the team title with an overall 853 (-11). Big 12 foes No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Texas Tech took second at 863 (-1) and third at 867 (+3), respectively. No. 10 Stanford and Pepperdine tied for fourth with a three-round 873 (+9).
In the third round, Hirschman fired a 68 (-4), pocketing seven birdies and putting together a bogey-free front nine. The junior’s score matched the best round of the day among all 80 individuals and marks his 14th career round in the 60s. He moved up seven spots on the individual leaderboard to finish the tournament with a three-round 210 (-6), tying his season-low 54-hole score and placing him in a tie for first individually.
Hirschman entered into a sudden-death playoff with California’s Collin Morikawa, who is ranked No. 9 individually by GolfStat. The Sooner answered Morikawa’s par on the first playoff hole by firing a birdie to clinch the title.
This title marks Hirschman’s second career win after he won the Gopher Invitational in September. He is the first Sooner to win two tournaments in one season since Abraham Ancer in 2010-11.
“This is the biggest regular season event of the season, so it’s a huge honor to win this week,” Hirschman said. “It’s always the best teams with the best players, and I’m thrilled to have won! I wish the team could have had a better finish, but to get a win here is very special.”
Senior Max McGreevy claimed a share of 18th place with a 54-hole 217 (+1), marking the 23rd top-20 finish of his career and sixth of his season. The Edmond, Okla., native recorded a 73 (+1) in the final round.
Junior Rylee Reinertson posted a 75 (+3) for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, bringing his total to 225 (+9). He ended the tournament in a tie for 42nd place.
Freshman Riley Casey stepped up in the final round, carding a 70 (-2), his best round of the week, with five birdies. Casey finished one stroke behind Reinertson overall to earn a piece of 46th place.
Rounding out the OU lineup was redshirt freshman Quade Cummins, who took a piece of 59th place at 230 (+14) after shooting a 76 (+4) on the day.
The Sooners will return to action on Monday for the 36-hole Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga.