NORMAN – The No. 12 Oklahoma men’s golf team ended the East Lake Cup on a strong note Wednesday, topping Oregon, 4-1, in the consolation match in Atlanta.
Riley Casey, Brad Dalke, Blaine Hale and Garett Reband all earn match-play victories to help the Sooners claim third place in their first appearance at the East Lake Cup. The event featured the top-four finishers from the 2017 NCAA Championships competing in a one-day stroke play, two-day match play competition. Wednesday's contest was a rematch of the 2017 NCAA Championship final.
"It was a great day and a tremendous way to end the fall as well as 2017 ," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "Our guys got off to a phenomenal start today and we kept applying pressure all day. I really liked what I saw out of (Garett) Reband and (Riley) Casey in regards to match play since this was their first time. (Brad) Dalke and (Blaine) Hale both got it going in their matches and never looked back. It was a really fun day for our guys and it's time for a great offseason."
Hale led from wire-to-wire, rolling past Oregon’s Norman Xiong, 6&5. Through nine holes, Hale was 6 up against Xiong and the junior closed out the match with a par on hole No. 13.
Reband and Casey both picked up their second match-play victories of the week at East Lake. Reband claimed a 2&1 victory over Ryan Gronlund and led the entire way during his match. Casey posted a 3&2 win over Oregon’s Edwin Yi, making par on hole no. 16 to clinch the match for the Sooners.
Dalke rolled to a 5&4 win over Oregon’s Donald Kay. Dalke grabbed the lead for good with a par on hole No. 3 and never looked back. The junior pushed is lead to 6 up at one point and sealed the match on hole No. 14.
Oregon’s lone point came from Thomas Mulligan, who defeated OU’s Grant Hirschman, 5&4.
The Sooners wrapped up their fall slate with a tournament title on Oct. 3, winning the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Ore. OU finished in the top-3 in four of its fall five events.
OU’s spring schedule will be announced at a later date.