NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team begins its national championship hunt at the NCAA Central Regional in South Bend, Ind., Thursday, May 19.
The Sooners left Monday afternoon in order to get in two days of practice before the tournament begins.
This year, the NCAA Central Regional is hosted by the University of Notre Dame at the Warren Golf Course, a par-70, 7,011-yard Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed course that winds through a heavily wooded area.
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OU earned a regional bid for the 17th consecutive year, marking an appearance every season since the current championship format began in 1989.
Oklahoma has won or tied for first place at a regional tournament three times (1989, 1995 and 2001) and finished third at the Central Regional in West Lafayette, Ind., last year.
The Sooners have advanced to the NCAA Championships 30 times in their history and three of the four seasons current head coach Jim Ragan has been at the helm.
Nine Big 12 schools are in the field of 27, including No. 1 Oklahoma State, as well as six individual competitors from teams that did not qualify.
Tournament seeds 16 through 27 tee off in the morning session Thursday beginning at 7:12 a.m. CDT. No. 9-seeded Oklahoma starts in the afternoon session with seeds 1 through 15 beginning at 11:15 a.m.
Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com. Full results and a recap will be available at SoonerSports.com shortly following each round’s conclusion.
THE SOONERS' NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL LINEUP
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THE MAXWELL RECAP
ARDMORE, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team got off to a good start but struggled to produce the results it enjoyed on the back nine in rounds one and two, finishing sixth at the 14th annual Perry Maxwell Invitaitonal at Dornick Hills Country Club.
OU sophomore Anthony Kim finished fourth with 4-under 206. Kim shot his ninth consecutive round of par or better, but ended the day three strokes behind individual medalist Brendon Rose of Georgia.
“We didn’t have a great day today,” OU head coach Jim Ragan said, “but I think the team knows it has to take its lumps once in a while. There are ups and downs, but we’ve been riding a wave of success to this point and we’ll keep going through the NCAA tournament.”
Oklahoma State marched down the 18th fairway knowing exactly how they needed to finisha birdie to tie, two to winand Tyler Leon and Alex Noren didn’t disappoint the gallery and a live television audience, sinking their putts to seal the Cowboys’ fourth consecutive victory at Dornick Hills Country Club.
“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Holder said, “and this is the first time I’ve ever known what we needed to do entering the 18th hole.”
Using a proposed scoring system under which team scores were determined by the four lowest individual scores per hole, rather than at the end of the round, seven of the 11 teams entered Sunday’s final round with a chance to win the 14th annual Maxwell. However, it was the same old story as OSU captured its seventh tournament title with a 25-under 815, besting Augusta State by one shot.
“It’s a great tournament and we love being down here,” Holder continued. “There’s great fan supportI could count about 40 people in our gallery.
“I think the new format actual made us more aggressive. We hit so many drivers on this course. You wouldn’t do that in years past. We just thought that if we got as close as we could to the hole we would have more options. I just want to keep that same aggressive attitude in South Bend (Ind.) for the regional this week.”
Todd took individual medalist honors with a 7-under 203. Todd shot 71-67-65 over three rounds at his first competition at the tough Dornick Hills golf course.
Todd shot 14 birdies and dominated par-4 scoring, shooting 9 under.