STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma men’s golf team advanced to the final round of stroke play at NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season, ending its round in sole possession of fifth place on Sunday.
The Sooners, who are seeded No. 3 at the 2018 NCAA Championships, finished the day with a 290 (+2) in the third round at the par-72, 7.460-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club. Through 54 holes, OU has posted a team score of 868 (+4).
“Overall, I thought it was a solid day,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We had two guys under par and Blaine Hale shot even par. It was a little frustrating taking a 5-over because that’s one of the things we’ve been really good at this spring is not having to take rounds like that. We’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Duke turned in the best round of the day, setting a course record with a 12-under 276 to move into first place with a 54-hole total of 854 (-10). Host Oklahoma State remained in second with a three-day 857 (-7), while Texas Tech is third at 861 (-3). Vanderbilt holds sole possession of fourth place, two strokes ahead of the Sooners at 866 (+2).
The 30-team field was cut to 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team after Sunday's round. One more round Monday will determine the 72-hole individual national champion.
After 18 holes on Monday, the field will be reduced once more to the top eight teams that will advance to the tournament's match play competition to determine the team champion.
Juniors Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale lead the Sooners through three rounds, sitting in a tie for 14th place with a 54-hole 214 (-2). Dalke turned in his third straight at par or better, carding a 70 (-2) during Saturday’s round. The junior finished with four birdies, including three on the back nine.
Hale posted an even-par 72 during the third round, making 14 pars to go along with a pair of birdies.
Redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins is tied for 35th heading into Monday’s final round. Cummins recorded a 77 (+5) during Sunday’s action and has a 54-hole total of 218 (+2).
Senior Grant Hirschman posted a 71 (-1) to move into a tie for 57th place at 222 (+6) overall. Sophomore Garett Reband struggled in the third round, shooting 78 (+6) to drop to 236 overall (+20).
The Sooners will begin the final round of stroke play on Monday at 11:50 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com, and the Golf Channel will broadcast competition live from 3-7 p.m. CT with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. CT.