ax McGreevy has made his mark on Oklahoma golf.
His All-America plaque hangs on the locker room wall at Charlie Coe Golf Center. He has been named to the All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 Teams in back-to-back seasons. He shares a program record for lowest round, a 63, and is the winningest golfer under current OU head coach Ryan Hybl with three individual titles in his career.
But, with his fourth and final year as a Sooner coming to a close, McGreevy isn't finished yet. NCAA Regionals and Championships are right around the corner, and there is still work to be done.
cGreevy grew up around golf, with his father, Brian, playing collegiately at the University of Kansas and his uncle, Tom, competing at Arizona State.
“It was always in our family,” McGreevy explains. “I just kind of got out at a younger age. We were members at a country club, so I was always at a golf course. Since I was about 3, I've just been on a driving range, hanging with my family and playing golf.”
By his freshman year at Edmond Sante Fe High School, McGreevy was hearing from college golf coaches. He also played soccer and basketball, but he knew it was time to narrow his focus to golf. However, McGreevy says OU didn't come into the picture until late in the recruiting process.
“Oklahoma was never on my radar at all,” McGreevy says. “I actually thought I was going to go to Wichita State for the longest time, but Coach Hybl talked to me and watched me in the last three months of my recruiting process, and I came on six or seven visits in a very short span of time, and I just kind of fell in love with Coach Hybl and what he was offering and just everything he had to say. I just thought it was the perfect fit for me.”
Ranked by Golfweek as the No. 11 recruit in his class, McGreevy signed with the Sooners in November 2012. The Edmond, Okla., native entered OU as the back-to-back Oklahoma 6A State Golf Individual Champion.
“Maybe my head was a little too big at the time,” McGreevy admits of the beginning of his OU career. “The older guys kind of sat me down pretty early and put me in my place. I think that was necessary for me to kind of understand where I was when I first came in and know that I had a lot of progress to make to get to that kind of height that I had in high school.”
McGreevy says his play has matured throughout his four seasons, and he began to better understand his tendencies during his freshman campaign.
“I've learned from Coach Hybl a lot—he watched me my entire freshman year, basically,” McGreevy says. “He walked with me every single round because I made a lot of mistakes. I've learned a lot through listening to him and just hearing what he has to say about my game. There have just been gradual improvements that have been made every single year, and I think that's why I've gotten to where I am.”
Those gradual improvements have shown. Each season, McGreevy has increased his number of top-20 finishes—from three his freshman year to nine so far this year—while decreasing his stroke average. In fact, McGreevy's current 71.31 average in his senior year is on pace to set a program record for lowest season scoring average, according to records dating back to the 1993-94 season.
“Max has developed more as a golfer than anyone I have had since my time here at OU,” Hybl says. “His consistency continues to become an asset for him, which it wasn't when he first showed up here. His short game has developed along with his wedge game, and that has really proven to be a difference maker for him.”
His game isn't the only thing that has changed at OU.
“I feel like I've become a better person throughout the years, being a role model and stuff like that,” McGreevy says. “Throughout the years, I think this university has shaped me into the person I wanted to be, so I'm very happy about that, and the success that has come along with that has just been extra on top of it.”
Hybl says he has also seen McGreevy develop into a leader during his time as a Sooner.
"Throughout the years, I think this university has shaped me into the person I wanted to be, so I'm very happy about that, and the success that has come along with that has just been extra on top of it."
-- Senior Max McGreevy
“I couldn't ask for a more fierce competitor that leads our team every week,” he explains. “He has really grown up in every area, and I am proud of him for his accomplishments on and off the golf course.”
In his four seasons, McGreevy has only missed one event, and he finds he is able to relay his experience on to his younger teammates to help them in their own development.
“For such a close-knit group like this, it was a really cool experience to kind of watch my brothers essentially grow underneath me and try and help them along the way,” he says.
And, the team isn't just growing in golf. McGreevy says they “spend every waking moment together,” and have become unified unlike any other team in the nation.
“It's going to be hard to leave, that's for sure,” McGreevy says. “I can promise you we are the closest team in college golf. There's no one else like us in the country. The University of Oklahoma has been everything I'd hoped for and more… It's going to be a hard place to leave.”
cGreevy earned PGA TOUR Canada status on May 2-5 by claiming fifth place at a Q-School event in Comox, British Columbia.
After a slow start with a 74 (+2) in the first round, McGreevy fired 67 (-5), 68 (-4) and 67 (-5) in the next three rounds, respectively, to finish at 12-under for the tournament and earn guaranteed starts in eight PGA TOUR Canada events.
“I'm basically set for the summer, which is kind of cool knowing that I have someplace to play after school,” McGreevy says. “It takes a lot of stress off.”
McGreevy continues, “Right when it got over with, Coach texted me and said, ‘Now get back home because we've got work to do.'”
Next week, McGreevy and the Sooners head to Stanford, Calif., for NCAA Regionals. A top-five placing would earn the program its seventh consecutive NCAA Championships bid.
“We're a good seed in regionals, and we have been for the last four years, but it's still business,” McGreevy says. “You've got to do everything you can to get to nationals because every team there has fought their entire year to try to get to nationals.
“First and foremost, the goal is to go out and dominate and try to make it to my fourth in a row, which would be pretty cool because I don't think a lot of guys get to do that,” he adds.
Helping the Sooners to four consecutive NCAA Championships finals? It'd be another accomplishment on McGreevy's long list of impacts on Oklahoma golf.
In the long term, McGreevy wants to be remembered as a golfer who grinds out every shot and leaves everything on the course. He also hopes to pour back into the program just like former Sooners gave back during his time.
“I want to be here for this program because it's given so much back to me,” he says.
How else does McGreevy hope he's remembered?
“As a national champion,” McGreevy says. “I hope that either I or our team or both have the chance to do that.
“I think we can do it,” he continues. “I really do. I think that our guys think we can, too. We've definitely beat some of the best teams in the nation so far this year, and we've put some good rounds together where we know we can compete, but I think once it comes that time, we're just going to have to have that kind of composure as a young team. We're going to have to have that composure to get over some heartaches at times and stuff like that and just try to triumph.”
In four years as a Sooner, Max McGreevy has made his mark on OU golf.
But, he's not finished yet.