Sooners Takes the Lead at The Goodwin

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN –The No. 6 Oklahoma men’s golf team turned in its lowest round of the season on Friday at The Goodwin, grabbing the lead after 36 holes. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the par-71, 7,143-yard TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

The Sooners finished with a 269 (-15), the second lowest round in school history according record books that date back to the 1993-94 season, to bring their two-day total to 548 (-20). Teeing off from hole no. 10, OU's lineup combined for 11 birdies on the front nine and rolled in several key birdie putts, taking the lead at the turn midway through the second round.

"It was a great round out of our guys," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We made a lot of birdie putts and made very few mistakes, which was nice to see. All of our guys feel good out here and we need to keep putting the pedal down tomorrow."

No. 5 California is in second place, five strokes back of the Sooners at 553 (-15), while Oregon is in third place at 558 (-10). Host No. 13 Stanford is in sole possesion of fourth place with a 36-hole total of 560 (-8). UNLV is in fifth place heading into the final round at 561 (-7).

All five Sooners posted rounds an even par or better on Friday and all four of OU's countable scores were at 69 or lower.

Junior Brad Dalke led the way tying his season-low round with a 66 (-5). Dalke played a bogey-free round and picked up five birdies to move into a tie for third place at 135 (-7), five shots back of individual leader Norman Xiong from Oregon. The round marks the 13th in the 60s for Dalke this season.

Junior Blaine Hale heads into the final round tied for fifth place with a 36-hole total of 136 (-6). Hale carded a 69 (-2) and pocketed four birdies during Friday's action.

Redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins posted a career-low 67 (-4) in the second round, moving the Weatherford, Okla., native jumped into a tie for 10th place heading into Saturday's final round at 139 (-3). Cummins started the day strong with five birdies through 13 holes to finish with his third round in the 60s this season.

Sophomore Riley Casey and senior Grant Hirschman share 27th place at 142 (E) through 36 holes. Hirschman was one of the biggest movers on the individual leaderboard during the round, posting a season-low 67 (-4). The senior picked up three straight birdies on the front nine to start the day. Casey finished with his second consecutive round at even par, picking up a 71 (E) during the second round.

OU will begin the final round Saturday at 3:50 p.m. CT with Cal and Oregon from hole No. 1.

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