OU Advances to Final Day of Stroke Play
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 6 Oklahoma men’s golf team advanced to the final round of stroke play at NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive season, ending its round in sole possession of fourth place on Sunday.
The Sooners, who are seeded No. 6, finished the day with an even-par 288. Through 54 holes, the Sooners have posted a team total of 880 (+16). The national tournament is being held at the par-72, 7,550-yard Blessings Golf Club.
“The goal is to make the final eight and we’ve got a great opportunity tomorrow to put another solid round together,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “I know our guys will be ready for it. There’s a lot of golf left to play.”
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.
No. 1 Oklahoma State continues to lead with a three-day total of 852 (-2). No. 5 Texas and No. 10 Stanford are tied for second place at 877 (+13), three shots ahead of the Sooners. Wake Forest holds sole possession of fifth place with a 54-hole total of 881 (+17).
Freshman Patrick Welch and senior Blaine Hale lead the Sooners through three rounds. Welch is in 10th place at even-par 216. The freshman carded a 72 (E) during Sunday 's action and jumped out to a quick start by playing the opening nine holes at three-under par.
Hale fired an even-par 72 and holds a share of 17th place through 54 holes. The senior birdied holes No. 14 through No. 16 to jump start his round. Hale finished the day with five birdies in total.
Junior Garett Reband fired his best round of the tournament Sunday, posting a 69 (-3). Reband is tied for 43rd place with one round of stroke play to go. The junior had a team-high six birdies on Sunday , picking up three in a row to begin his final nine holes of the day.
Redshirt Quade Cummins posted a 75 (+3) to move into a tie for 83rd place at 228 (+12). Senior Brad Dalke logged an 81 (+9) and is 101st place with one round to go at 231 (+15).
OU will be paired with Wake Forest and Vanderbilt for Monday’s final round. The teams will tee off at 11:22 a.m. from hole No. 1. The Golf Channel will begin coverage of Monday's round at 3 p.m. CT.
Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com.