Sooners in Second as Play is Suspended
STILLWATER, Okla. - The first round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Stillwater, Okla., has been suspended due to darkness. Oklahoma is in second place with two golfers playing complete rounds.
The NCAA Championships are being held at the par-72, 7,460-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club.
The three Sooners who were on the course when play was suspended will resume their rounds with a shotgun start on Saturday at 7 a.m. Following the completion of their rounds, the Sooners will begin the second round at approximately 8 a.m. CT off the first tee.
Oklahoma has shot a -5 thus far in the first round and is three strokes behind first-place Northwestern (-8), who was able to play an entire round.
The Sooners were led by the top of their lineup in sophomore Quade Cummins and junior Blaine Hale. Cummins carded five birdies, including four over his first nine holes, to shoot a 68 (-4). He sunk his final putt of the day at 8:53 p.m. on the ninth green to complete a full round.
Hale was the first Sooner in the clubhouse after shooting a 69 (-3). After producing a pair of bogeys on his first three holes, Hale went bogey-free in the remainder of his round and sunk an eagle on hole No. 1 after making the turn.
“It's great getting off to a good start,” said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. “It's better than the alternative. I feel like we had two guys go lead the charge with Blaine and Quade just superstars out there, 3 and 4 under par. Big time rounds out of those guys and they're actually finished, so that's nice. Our other guys are hanging in there.”
While Hale and Cummins completed their rounds, sophomore Garrett Reband (two holes remaining), senior Grant Hirschman (two holes remaining) and junior Brad Dalke (three holes remaining) will wrap up their first round in the morning.
The Sooners were originally scheduled to tee off at 12:20 p.m. but due to two weather delays did not begin their rounds until 3:48. Only 15 of the 30 teams in the field played complete rounds and some groups have as many as 10 holes remaining in their first round.
Live scoring for Saturday's action can be found on GolfStat.com.