Defending Champs Open New Season at Pebble Beach

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 31, 2017

NORMAN – The Oklahoma men’s golf team will open its 2017-18 season at the seventh annual Carmel Cup. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place Sept. 1-3 (Friday-Sunday) at the iconic par-72, 6,828-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The event features eight squads, five of which are ranked in the top 25 of the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll. The Sooners are starting the year at No. 3, the best preseason ranking under ninth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl.

Each team will compete with six golfers, and the low five scores will count toward the team total each round. OU’s lineup for the Carmel Cup will feature seniors Grant Hirschman and Rylee Reinertson, juniors Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale along with sophomores Riley Casey and Garrett Reband.

Four Sooners in OU's six-player lineup record top-25 finishes a year ago at the Carmel Cup.

The Sooners’ tee times are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, and they will be paired with Arkansas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

THE FIELD 

(BUSHNELL GOLFWEEK COACHES POLL RANKINGS IN PARENTHESES)
Oklahoma State (1)
Vanderbilt (2)
Oklahoma (3)
Texas Tech (22)
Georgia (25)
Arkansas
Ohio State
TCU

OU LINEUP

1. Grant Hirschman, Senior: Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection ... Competed in all 14 team events, serving as a team captain … Helped the Sooners secure the 2017 national championship by going 1-0-2 in NCAA Championships match play, winning in the quarterfinals to aid an OU comeback over Baylor … Earned his first career tournament win at the Gopher Invitational, firing a birdie on the final hole to earn the title outright ... Claimed his second individual win of the season at the Southern Highlands Collegiate, earning the title with a birdie on the first playoff hole ... Overall, earned eight top-20, four top-10 and three top-five finishes.

2. Brad Dalke, Junior: Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection ... Competed in 13 team events … Helped the Sooners secure the 2017 national championship by going 2-1 in NCAA Championships match play, including the title-clinching putt in the final match against Oregon … Earned his first career win at the NCAA Stanford Regional to lead his team to its seventh straight championships berth.

3. Blaine Hale, Junior: Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection ... Competed in 13 team events … Helped the Sooners secure the 2017 national championship by going 2-1 in NCAA Championships match play, earning wins in the semifinal and final matches … Earned two top-five finishes, tying for fourth at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic and sharing fifth at the Gopher Invitational, the first top-five placings of his career ... Tied for 11th at the NCAA Championships to mark the Sooners’ best individual finish at the national tournament since 2012.

4. Rylee Reinertson, Senior: Competed in nine team events, serving as a team captain … Helped the Sooners secure the 2017 national championship by going 2-1 in NCAA Championships match play, earning wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal matches … Tied for fourth at the Lone Star Invitational, marking the best finish of his career and his first career top-five placing ... Earned four top-20 finishes, including back-to-back top-10 showings at The Maxwell and the Big 12 Championship.

5. Garrett Reband, Sophomore: Played in four events during the 2016-17 season as a freshman ... Shot 67 at the Lone Star Invitational ... Earned two top-20 finishes, tying for 15th at the Lone Star Invitational and tying for 17th at the Gopher Individual … Fired a career-low 54-hole 212 (-4) at the Lone Star Invitational with a career-low 67 (-5) in the second round.

6. Riley Casey, Sophomore: Competed in seven events as a freshman … Posted season-low round (68) at the Prestige at PGA West … Earned first career Top-10 finish with a 10th-place showing at the Gopher Individual ... Made collegiate debut last year at the Carmel Cup.

THE COURSE

The 6,828-yard, par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links serves as the course for the Carmel Cup. GolfDigest called Pebble Beach “America’s No. 1 Public Golf Course.” Located on the shores of California’s Monterrey Peninsula, Pebble Beach hosts a yearly PGA Tour event and the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The course has also hosted four U.S. Amateurs and five U.S. Opens, most recently in 2010. The U.S. Open is scheduled at Pebble Beach in 2019.

FORMAT

Fifty-four holes will be played over three days. The Sooners’ tee times begin at 10 a.m. CT on Friday from hole No. 1, and the team will be paired with Arkansas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

WEATHER FORECAST

Friday: Sunny with a high of 77 degrees and wind out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. Zero percent chance of rain.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 81 degrees and wind out of the west, northwest at 5-10 mph. Zero percent chance of rain.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high of 74 degrees and wind out of the west, northwest at 5-10 mph. Zero percent chance of rain.

OU’S CARMEL CUP HISTORY

This appearance marks the Sooners’ fourth consecutive season beginning at the Carmel Cup. Last year, OU finished in fifth place with a three-round 1063 (-17).

LIVE STATS

Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.

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