STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma men’s golf team will compete in the match play portion of the NCAA Championships for the third straight season. The Sooners finished stroke play in fourth place on Monday to secure their spot among the top eight teams at the NCAA Championships.
OU battled a slow start and rallied on the back nine to claim the No. 4 seed for match play. The Sooners posted a 295 (+7) in the fourth round to total 1163 (+11) for the event at the par-72, 7,460-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club. On a difficult scoring day, the Sooners struggled early on the front nine, but roared back by shooting even-par on the final nine holes.
The top eight teams at the end of stroke play qualify for the quarterfinals of match play, which begins Tuesday. Host Oklahoma State claimed first with an overall 1152 (E) and will face Texas A&M, who placed eighth at 1169 (+17). The Sooners will take on Auburn, who finished fifth at 1167 (+15).
Texas Tech took third (1161; +9) and will face Alabama, who tied for sixth (1168; +16). Duke placed second (1160; (+8) and will take on Texas (1168; +16).
The winners of each match will advance to the semifinals, which are scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon. Oklahoma is the only team to qualify for the match play portion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in each of the last three seasons.
Junior Brad Dalke was OU’s top finisher, tying for 11th place with a four-day 287 (-1). The junior picked up his 10th top-20 finish of the year. Dalke started out the day at 4-over through 10 holes, but rallied on the back nine with three birdies to post a 73 (+1) Monday.
Additionally, Dalke finishes the season with a 70.97 stroke average in 39 rounds to best the previous mark set by Anthony Kim in 2005 (71.36).
Junior Blaine Hale shared 29th place at 291 (+3) overall, finishing Monday’s round with a 77 (+5). Senior Grant Hirschman tied for 37th place with a 72-hole 295 (+7), posting a 73 (+1) during the final day of stroke play.
Redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins claimed a piece of 41st place, carding a four-round 296 (+8). Cummins recorded a 78 (+6) to close out stroke play.
Sophomore Garett Reband saved his best round of the tournament for Monday, carding an even-par 72. Reband birdied four times during his round and made numerous key putts on the back nine. The sophomore finished tied for tied for 77th at 308 (+22).
The Sooners will square off with the Tigers in the quarterfinals of match play on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 7:50 a.m. CT from hole No. 10. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com. The Golf Channel will televise competition live from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT, and pregame coverage is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. CT.