Oklahoma, No. 8 in the latest Golfstat rankings, slipped a little in round 2 of The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. Saturday, but the Sooners held on to the top spot in the team chase and quite a chase it is as they have some of the top teams in college golf breathing down their necks.
Max McGreevy, a senior from Edmond, Okla., again led the way for the Sooners. His 3-under 69 over The Golf Club of Georgia’s 7,017-yard, par-72 Lakeside Course left him alone in second place in the individual standings, two shots back of Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger, who added a 4-under 68 to his opening-round 67 for a 9-under-par 135 total. McGreevy is at 7-under 137.
McGreevy helped the Sooners post a 3-over 291 Saturday following an opening-round 5-under 283 at the Creekside Course Friday. That left Oklahoma at 2-under 574. Stanger and No. 7 Virginia and No. 21 Texas A&M are tied for second at even-par 576. Virginia had a 1-under 287 while Texas A&M carded a 3-under 285.
Two teams – No. 19 Southern California and No. 9 Wake Forest – made huge moves, each having a 9-under 279 day to surge into contention. The Trojans and the Demon Deacons are tied for fourth along with No. 22 Duke, at 2-over 578. The Blue Devils posted a 5-over 293.
A couple of perennial powers, No. 13 Stanford and No. 28 Texas, are tied for seventh at 3-over 579. The Cardinal fired a 2-under 286 and the Longhorns matched par at 288. No. 2 Oklahoma State had a 1-under 287 and is alone in ninth place at 4-over 580. No. 3 Auburn, which had a 2-over 290, and No. 21 Georgia Tech, the tournament host which had a 2-under 286, are tied for 10th at 7-over 583.
Villanova, teeing up in a field sprinkled with teams ranked in the Golfstat top 30, improved on its opening-round 316 by nine shots with a 307 Saturday, but remained last of 17 at 623.
In addition to McGreevy’s 69, Oklahoma got an even-par 72 from Blaine Hale, a sophomore from Dallas who is tied for 14th at 1-under 143, a 1-over 73 from Brad Dalke, a sophomore from Norman, Okla. who is tied for 17th at 1-over 145, and 77s from Grant Hirschman, a junior from Collierville, Tenn., and Rylee Reinerston, a junior from Gibbon, Neb. Hirschman is tied for 50th and Reinerston is tied for 75th. One of the 77s gets tossed for the team total.
Texas’ Doug Ghim, a junior from Arlington Heights, Ill., and Duke’s Chandler Eaton, a freshman playing at his home club, are tied for third in the individual standings at 6-under 138. Ghim had a 5-under 67 while Eaton posted a 2-under 70.
Ghim was joined in the top 10 by teammate Scottie Scheffler, a junior from Dallas. Scheffler matched par with a 72 and is in a group of five players tied for ninth at 2-under 142. Eaton’s Duke teammate Alex Smalley, a sophomore from Wake Forest, N.C., is also in that group at 2-under 142 after posting a 2-under 70 Saturday.
Texas A&M’s strong team effort is being led by a pair of players in the top 10. Chandler Phillips, a sophomore from Huntsville, Texas, is tied for fifth at 4-under 140 after a 3-under 69 Saturday and Cameron Champ, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., is in the group tied for ninth at 142 after firing a 2-under 70 Saturday.
The day’s best individual round belonged to Southern California’s Andrew Levitt, a redshirt senior from Ladera Ranch, Calif. who fired a 6-under 66 to join Texas A&M’s Phillips in a tie for fifth at 4-under 140.
Stanford’s Andrew Wu, a sophomore from Danville, Calif., carded a 4-under 68 and is tied seventh at 3-under 141. Wu was joined at that figure by LSU’s Sam Burns, who added an even-par 72 to his opening-round 69.
Also in the tie for ninth along with Texas A&M’s Champ, Texas’ Scheffler and Duke’s Smalley are: Wake Forest’s Cameron Young, a sophomore from Scarborough, N.Y. who posted a 3-under 69, and Auburn’s Will Long, a senior from Gastonia, N.C. who fell back with a 2-over 74 after opening up with a 4-under 68.
Villanova was led by Andy Butler, a junior from Oakmont who added a solid even-par 72 to his opening-round 73 to sit in a tie for 17th in a star-studded field at 1-over 145. Butler is four shots ahead of Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, a senior from Portola Valley, Calif. ranked by Golfstat as the No. 1 individual player in Division I.
Also for the Wildcats, Zach Egermayer, a junior from Glen Rock, N.Y., is tied for 73rd at 154 following a second straight 77, Connor Daly, a freshman from Bronxville, N.Y., is tied for 83rd at 160 following a 78, Lucas Trim, a senior from Tampa, Fla., is 89th at 164 following an 80 and Andrew McMillan, a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., is 90th at 174 following an 83.