NORMAN – The No. 3 Oklahoma men’s golf team earned its second consecutive top-five finish to begin the season, claiming the third place at the Gopher Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the par-71, 7,388-yard Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.
Three OU golfers finished in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard as the Sooners posted its three-day team total of 859 (+7). During Monday’s final round, the Sooners carded a 286 (+2). In its last nine tournaments, OU has earned eight top-five finishes and placed third or better on five different occasions.
“We played a lot of golf over the last two days and this tournament presents a good challenge for us,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said after the round. “I thought we did a good job today of staying in the hunt for the lead, but we came up just a little short. It was good to see Brad, Blaine and Grant all finish in the top 10 as well.”
Arkansas claimed the team title with an overall 848 (-4), tying for the lowest team score in the event’s history. Baylor was the runner-up, one stroke ahead of the Sooners with an 858 (+6).
Junior Brad Dalke was OU’s best finisher, earning eighth place with an even-par 213. The Norman, Okla., native posted a 73 (+2) during the final round. Dating back to last season, Dalke has recorded five top-10 finishes in his last six appearances.
Junior Blaine Hale and senior Grant Hirschman finished in a tie for 10th place, both posting a three-day total of 215 (+2). Hale carded an even-par 71 Monday to earn his fifth career top-10 finish. Hirschman posted a 73 (+2) in the final round to record back-to-back top-10 finishes to open the season.
Sophomore Riley Casey finished in a tie for 22nd place. Casey carded four birdies and posted an even-par 71 in the third round to total a 218 (+5) for the event.
Also tallying a 71 (E) in the final round was redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins. Cummins’ overall 225 (+12) tied for 61st overall.
At the Gopher Individual, freshman Lane Wallace wrapped up his first collegiate event at 226 (+10), tying for 17th place. Wallace turned in his best round of the tournament on Monday, shooting 73 (+1). The Gopher Individual was played at the par-72, 6,953-yard Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minn.
The Sooners return to action Oct. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday) at the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Ore.