Men's fall countdown: No. 13 Oklahoma
Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 13 Oklahoma:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Preseason rank: 13
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 16
2013-14 in review: Oklahoma won three times during the regular season before finishing seventh at the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners bounced back to finish third at the NCAA Eugene Regional before contending for a match-play spot at the NCAA Championship. Oklahoma was T-6 entering the final round of stroke play at Prairie Dunes, but shot 14-ove 294 to slip to T-16.
Notable departures: Michael Schoolcraft
Key returnees: seniors Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon, junior Beau Titsworth and sophomore Max McGreevy
Newcomers of note: freshmen Grant Hirschman, Griffin Pierce and Rylee Reinertson
Circled on the fall calendar: Carmel Cup, Aug. 29-31, Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Fall outlook: The Sooners return four of five starters from last year’s lineup that competed at Prairie Dunes, but will be without one of those returners for the fall. Saxon tore a muscle in his shoulder during the summer and will be out until the spring. With Saxon out, Gellerman, who had a team-high five top 10s last season, will be counted on even more. McGreevy and Titsworth will be two other key pieces while the freshmen will also see some action – Hirschman and Pierce qualified for the fall opener, the Carmel Cup.
Coach's perspective: “Last year, we traveled with the same five guys for almost every event. . . . (This fall), we’re going to be moving guys in and out of the lineup to see where we’re at.” – head coach Ryan Hybl