NORMAN – The No. 3 Oklahoma men’s golf team wrapped up its season opener at the Carmel Cup Sunday, taking third place. The three-day, 54-hole tournament took place at the iconic par-72, 6,828-yard Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Sooners shot a 347 (-13) in Sunday’s final round, posting a three-round total of 1047 (-33). Each team competed with six golfers, counting the low five scores towards the team total each round.
No. 1 Oklahoma State won the team title with an overall 1028 (-52). No. 22 Texas Tech was second at 1042 (-38). Host Vanderbilt posted a 1053 (-27) to claim third, while TCU took fifth at 1064 (-16).
“We did a really nice job this week closing out each round and that was huge positive for us,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “(Garett) Reband played so great all week and I’m proud of him for stepping up the way he did.”
Sophomore Garett Reband continued his strong play by claiming third place with an overall 203 (-13), his best 54-hole total as a Sooner. Reband’s third-place finish was also the best of his OU career. To earn his first top-5 finish of his career, Reband posted a 68 (-4) during the final round. The sophomore started his round with an eagle on No. 2 and closed the tournament by carding four birdies.
Senior Grant Hirschman finished in a tie for eighth place with a three-round 206 (-10). Hirschman posted a 69 (-3) on Sunday, closing out his round with an eagle on No. 18. The senior has 14 top-10 finishes as a Sooner.
Junior Brad Dalke rebounded during Sunday’s final round with a 68 (-4) to close the tournament with a 54-hole total of 208 (-8), tying for 11th place. Dalke carded a bogey-free round to earn his 11th top top-20 finish of his career.
“Grant and Brad both had really nice weekends and I expect them to get going next week in Minnesota,” Hybl said. “All in all, this was a great start to the year and now it’s time to figure out where we need to get better before next week.”
Sophomore Riley Casey tied for 23rd at 213 (-3), carding a 72 (E) during the final round. Junior Blaine Hale finished in a tie for 35th at 222 (+6), shooting a 75 (+3) on Sunday.
Rounding out the OU lineup, senior Rylee Reinertson posted his lowest round of the tournament on Sunday with a 70 (-2), placing 43rd at 227 (+11).
The Sooners return to action Sept. 10-11 (Sunday-Monday) when they look to defend their back-to-back titles at the Gopher Invitational. The two-day tournament will be played at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.