Sunnehanna Am: Oklahoma head coach Ryan Hybl leads by one
Ryan Hybl (L) celebrates OU's 2017 NCAA Championship (soonersports.com)
It’s often said that being around younger folks can keep you young at heart. For one Sunnehanna competitor, it also keeps his golf game young.
Oklahoma head coach Ryan Hybl holds a one-shot lead over one of the most elite fields on the road to the U.S. Amateur.
Hybl, who has been the Sooners head coach since 2009, posted a 5-under 65 at the opening round of the Sunnehanna Amateur on Tuesday.
“[I] putted the eyes out of it today,” Hybl told AmateurGolf.com following his round. “[I’m] very comfortable out here at Sunnehanna as this is one of my favorite places in the world for amateur golf.”
His comfort level paid off as the tournament saw two weather stoppages during the afternoon, forcing some groups to finish their first-round Wednesday morning. With three birdies on the front nine, Hybl found comfort in the course as he has over the years. Carding an eagle on the par-5 11th, Hybl was able to negate two bogeys he had on the backside to go along with back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16.
Hybl knocked off the dust last week at the Southern Amateur at Maridoe. Missing the cut (+9), Hybl was just happy to get back to tournament golf after a six-year hiatus.
LSU’s Trey Winstead and Notre Dame’s Palmer Jackson will be a part of a handful of groups looking to complete the last few holes of their first rounds Wednesday morning. Through 16 holes, the pair sit at 4-under, just one back of Hybl.
Cole Hammer tallied a 3-under opening round, seemingly putting Saturday’s debacle at the Southern Amateur behind him. The Longhorn is in a four-way tie for fourth.
One of Hybl’s pupils Quade Cummins, who is coming off a third-place finish at the Southern Amateur, carded a 1-over 71 and is in the thick of things as round two commences.
ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur
The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in
1954 -- it was the first country club
sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for
in the United States. The
tournament is played on a classic A.W.
design. Only one other amateur
tournament in the United States can list the
Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius
Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson,
Woods, and Rickie Fowler as
contestants: the United States Amateur. Its
format has been emulated by
countless amateur tournaments across the
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