Oklahoma golf: Sooner men capture Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach

The No. 3-ranked men’s Oklahoma golf team finished first at the Carmel Cup over the Labor Day weekend.

The Sooners took the team title in the 2018-19 season-opening event, held at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterrey Peninsula in Northern California. Oklahoma shot a three-day team score of 1034 over the 6,828-yard, par-72 Pebble Beach layout, edging out runner-up Georgia by two strokes.

Oklahoma shot 46 under par as a team, led by junior Garrett Reband, who posted a 54-hole score of 16-under 200 to finish in second place on the individual leaderboard, the first top-five finish in his collegiate career. Reband’s score was the fourth lowest three-round score in Sooner golf history.

OU also had a top-five finisher in junior Riley Casey, who was fifth overall with a three-day score of 204 (-12).

Matthew Wolf of reigning national champion Oklahoma State was the individual medalist in the tournament, one shot better than Reband, with 54-hole score of 199 (-17).

OU senior Blaine Hale tied for 13th with a score of 210 (-6), senior Brad Dalke was 18th (-5) and freshman Logan McAllister tied for 22nd with a 54-hole score of 213 (-3).

The Sooners have won five of their last seven tournaments and 21 in Ryan Hybl’s 10 seasons as the Oklahoma men’s golf coach.

Oklahoma State took third place at the Carmel Cup with a team score of 1045, 11 back of the Sooners. Arkansas finished fourth (1052) and TCU was fifth (1062).

OU finished third in this same event a year ago. The 2017 Carmel Cup was won by Oklahoma State, which went on to win the NCAA national championship last season. The Sooners were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship after being crowned national champions in 2016.