OU Set for NCAA Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – The No. 5 Oklahoma men’s golf team seeks the program’s third national title at the 2019 NCAA Championships, held May 24-29 (Friday-Wednesday) at the par-72, 7,550-yard Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Sooners are making their ninth straight trip to the NCAA Championship, joining Illinois as the only programs to qualify for the last nine NCAA Championships.

OU heads into the event after taking third place at the NCAA Pullman Regional. The Sooners fired a school-record 810 (-30) at the NCAA Pullman Regional, setting the program record for lowest 54-hole total. Senior Blaine Hale posted a three-day 198 (-12) to tie for third place to pace the Sooners.

The Sooners’ lineup for the NCAA Championship will include seniors Brad Dalke and Hale, juniors Quade Cummins and Garett Reband along with freshman Patrick Welch. Freshman Logan McAllister will serve as the team’s alternate.

The Sooners, the No. 6 overall seed, will tee off from hole No. 10 starting at 12:32 p.m. CT on Friday and will be paired with No. 4 seed Vanderbilt and No. 5 seed Texas.

Admission is free to the 2019 NCAA Championships.


THE FIELD (GOLFSTAT RANKINGS)
1. Oklahoma State (1)
2. Arizona State (2)
3. Wake Forest  (3)
4. Vanderbilt (4)
5. Texas (5)
6. Oklahoma (6)
7. Georgia Tech (7)
8. Duke (8)
9. USC (9)
10. Stanford (10)
11. Auburn (11)
12. California (12)
13. Clemson (13)
14. Georgia (14)
15. BYU (29)
16. South Carolina (15)
17. LSU (16)
18. Texas A&M (17)
19. North Florida (18)
20. Pepperdine (20)
21. Louisville (21)
22. Liberty (22)
23. Baylor (23)
24. Illinois (24)
25. North Carolina (25)
26. TCU (28)
27. UNLV (33)
28. Ohio State (42)
29. Georgia Southern (51)
30. SMU (53)

Individuals
1. Tripp Kinney, Iowa State
2. Edwin Yi, Oregon
3. Zach Smith, UC Santa Barbara
4. Kyler Dunkle, Utah
5. Julian Perico, Arkansas
6. Billy Tom Sargent, Western Kentucky


OU LINEUP
1. Quade Cummins, RS-Junior: Leads team with a 70.00 stroke average and has five top-10 finishes this season ... Named to 2019 U.S. Palmer Cup Team ... Shot the third-lowest three-round score in program history at the Ka’anapali Classic with a 198 (-15) ... 2018 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection and GCAA All-Region Pick.

2. Garett Reband, Junior: Four top-10 and seven top-20 finishes this season ... Competed in 11 team events ... Took 11th at the NCAA Pullman Regional at 202 (-8) … Named to All-Tournament Team at Big 12 Championship, tying for eighth at 210 (-2) ... Finished second in the Carmel Cup posting a 200 (-16) including two rounds in the 60s.

3. Blaine Hale, Senior: Played in nine team events ... Holds a stroke average of 70.15 … Set school record with a 62 (-8) during the second round of the NCAA Pullman Regional … Tied for third place at 198 (-12) in Pullman ... 2019 Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection … Won Gopher Invitational in September for first individual win… Has two top-5 and three top-10 finishes this year ... Two-time Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection.

4. Patrick Welch, Freshman: Competing in ninth event of his freshman season … Four top-20 finishes this season … Tied for eighth place at Big 12 Championship with a 54-hole 210 (-2), earning all-tournament team honors … Tied for sixth in his first individual collegiate appearance at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic … Plays crossed-handed.

5. Brad Dalke, Senior: Appeared in nine team events and has 11 rounds in the 60s ... Took third at the Sonoran Showdown individual tournament after shooting a season-best 200 (-10) ... Recorded four top-20 finishes this season … Second-team Division I PING All-American and All-Region selection by the GCAA last season … 2019 Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

Alternate: Logan McAllister, Freshman: Has two rounds in the 60s this season ... Posted a 71.22 stroke average in the fall ... Posted a season-low 66 in the second round at Carmel Cup ... Tied for 22nd at Carmel Cup with a three-day 213 (-3) ... Finished with a 3-under 210 at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.


THE COURSE
The par-72, 7,550-yard Blessings Golf Club will serve as the site for the NCAA Championship.

FORMAT
The 30 teams and six individuals that qualified for the championships will play 54 holes of stroke play total, completing 18 each day Friday through Sunday. The Sooners, alongside Vanderbilt and Texas will tee off for the first round on Friday at 12:32 p.m. CT from hole No. 10 and the second round on Saturday at 7:12 a.m. CT from hole No. 1.

TV COVERAGE
The Golf Channel will broadcast NCAA Championships competition Monday-Wednesday. Live coverage of Monday's play will take place from 3-7 p.m. CT. On Tuesday, match play competition will be aired from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT (quarterfinals) and from 3-7 p.m. CT (semifinals). Wednesday's championship match will be broadcast from 3-7 p.m. CT.

In addition to live event coverage, the Golf Channel will also host pre-game and post-game coverage each day. 

WEATHER FORECAST
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees, wind from the south, southwest at 12 mph and a 10 percent chance of rain.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees, wind from the south, southwest at 13 mph and a 10 percent chance of rain.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high of 84 degrees, wind from the south, southwest at 11 mph and a 10 percent chance of rain.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 85 degrees and wind from the south, southwest at 11 mph and a 10 percent chance of rain.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high of 82 degrees, wind from the south, southwest at 15mph and a 40 percent chance of rain.

Wednesday: Scatter thunderstorm with a high of 81 degrees, wind from southeast at 12 mph and a 40 percent chance of rain.

OU’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
This season marks the ninth consecutive season the Sooners have advanced to the NCAA Championships and the program's 40th all-time appearance. The Sooners won the national title in 1989 and 2017. OU has had two individual champions, Walter Emery (1933) and Jimmy Vickers (1952).

In 2018, the Sooners advanced to the match play quarterfinals at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. OU has appeared in the match play portion of the NCAA Championships in each of the last three seasons, the only team to accomplish that feat.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.

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