NORMAN, Okla. -- For the fourth straight year, the 14th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team will compete at the NCAA Championships. This year's tournament will be played Friday through Wednesday (May 23-28) at the 6,948-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Sooners qualified for the national tournament by taking third at the NCAA Eugene Regional with a three-round 860 (+20). Individually, three Sooners finished within the top 10, led by Beau Titsworth, who took seventh with a 4-over-par 214.
OU head coach Ryan Hybl said his squad is ready for the chance to play at NCAAs again.
"Prairie Dunes is one of the best golf courses in our country, and we are privileged to be able to play there," Hybl said. "Our guys are really excited to be here this week, and we will be prepared for the course. This is the best week of the year, and I am happy we are a part of it."
OU’s lineup will include senior Michael Schoolcraft, juniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon, sophomore Titsworth and freshman Max McGreevy.
The Sooners will tee off at 2 p.m. CT from the 10th tee for Friday's first round. They will be paired with No. 14 seed Vanderbilt and No. 15 seed LSU.
THE FIELD WITH TOURNAMENT SEED (GOLFWEEK RANKINGS IN PARENTESES)
1. Alabama (1)
2. Oklahoma State (5)
3. Stanford (4)
4. Georgia Tech (2)
5. California (6)
6. Georgia (3)
7. Washington (8)
8. Illinois (7)
9. Virginia Tech (16)
10. Houston (12)
11. Arkansas (19)
12. UAB (11)
13. Oklahoma (14)
14. Vanderbilt (13)
15. LSU (17)
16. Texas (15)
17. Florida State (24)
18. Texas A&M (10)
19. UCLA (20)
20. Southern California (23)
21. Auburn (21)
22. South Carolina (22)
23. Oregon (39)
24. SMU (28)
25. Kentucky (33)
26. Kennesaw State (37)
27. Missouri (40)
28. Purdue (48)
29. Georgia State (43)
30. Iowa State (42)
INDIVIDUALS WITH SEED
1. Ricardo Gouveia, Central Florida
2. Denny McCarthy, Virginia
3. Taylor Pendrith, Kent State
4. Marco Iten, Austin Peay
5. Chris Robb, Chattanooga
6. Cyrus Stewart, Wake Forest
1. Michael Gellerman, Junior: Won individual title at Wyoming Cowboy Classic with a three-round 204 (-6), his first career victory … Finished in third place at Border Olympics with a three-round 212 (-4) … Took a share of fifth place with a 4-over 217 at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational ... Has recorded four career top-5 finishes, nine top-10 finishes and 18 top-20 finishes.
2. Michael Schoolcraft, Senior: Recorded career-best finish when he tied for second place at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a three-over 219 … Posted a third-place showing at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational with a 2-over 215 … Finished fifth at Border Olympics with a 215 (-1) … Finished last season with a 72.84 (+1.39) scoring average, second best on team.
3. Beau Titsworth, Sophomore: Placed on Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team after taking a share of fifth, a career best for team events, with a 290 (+2) ... Also finished in a tie for fifth place with a 217 (+4) competing as an individual at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational … Placed 10th at Golfweek Conference Challenge with a 1-under 215 … Has recorded 12 career top-20 finishes.
4. Charlie Saxon, Junior: Tied for fourth place, his best in a team event, with a 206 (-4) at Wyoming Cowboy Classic … Took a share of sixth place at Border Olympics with an even-par 216 … Claimed a share of seventh place at Golfweek Conference Challenge after shooting a 214 (-2) … Participated in 2013 Lions Classic, which he won with a two-round 141 (+1).
5. Max McGreevy, Freshman: Earned Big 12 Men’s Golfer of the Month honors for September after being highest finisher for Sooners in first two tournaments … Led the Sooners at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a three-round 213 (-3) and fifth-place finish in his first collegiate tournament … Won Oklahoma 6A Championship in 2012 and 2013.
The 6,948-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., serves as the track for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
The thirty teams and the six individuals who advanced to the NCAA Championships will compete in an individual stroke-play format over 54 holes from Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25. On Monday, May 26, the top 40 individuals will compete in the fourth and final stroke-play round to determine the individual national champion.
Match play competition, featuring the low eight teams from the 54-hole stroke play, will begin on Tuesday, May 27, with the quarterfinals and semifinals, while the finals will be played on Wednesday, May 28, to determine the national champion team.
Golf Channel will broadcast the NCAA Championships live, beginning on Monday, May 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. CT. It will also air match play competition on Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. CT.
Friday: High of 83 degrees with winds from the southeast at 10-15 mph. Thirty percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Saturday: High of 82 degrees with winds from the south, southeast at 10-15 mph. Fifty percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Sunday: High of 84 degrees with winds from the south at 10-15 mph. Forty percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Monday: High of 79 degrees with winds from the south at 10-15 mph. Forty percent chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Tuesday: High of 85 degrees with winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain.
Wednesday: High of 88 degrees with winds from the east at 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain.
OU’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
This marks OU's fourth straight and 35th overall NCAA Championships appearance, with a national title win coming in 1989. Last season, the Sooners took 11th for the second straight year at the NCAA Championships at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga. Their three-round 845 (+5) was three strokes off eighth place, which would have placed them into the match play portion of the event.
Live stats will be available at GolfStat.com.