OU Takes Third at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
NORMAN – The No. 4 Oklahoma men’s golf team concluded the regular season on Sunday by taking third place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the par-71, 7,032-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
During Sunday’s final round, Oklahoma recorded a 280 (-4) as the Sooners posted a 54-hole total of 833 (-19) to earn their seventh top-3 finish of the season.
"We had our opportunities today and we just did not capitalize on them coming down the stretch," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "This will be a great lesson for our guys and we are looking forward to getting back to work before the Big 12 Championship."
Host No. 19 Arizona State claimed the team title on its home course with an overall 830 (-22), besting runner-up No. 25 UNLV by one shot. No. 1 Oklahoma State totaled a three-day score of 835 (-17) to claim fourth place, while Arizona was fifth at 838 (-14).
Redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins was OU’s top-finisher, earning sole possession of third place with a three-day 204 (-9). Cummins’ 54-hole total set a career low as the Weatherford, Okla., native, finished with a 70 (-1) during Sunday’s final round. The redshirt sophomore has recorded four top-10 finishes in five appearances in OU’s lineup this spring.
Junior Blaine Hale carded a 70 (-1) on Sunday to finish tied for 12th place at 209 (-4). The junior started the day with an eagle and a trio of birdies through four holes.
Senior Grant Hirschman turned in OU’s low round of the day, recording a 69 (-2). Hirschman finished with a three-day even-par 213, tying for 27th place.
Sophomore Garett Reband carded an ever-par 71 on Sunday to tie for 31st at 214 (+1). Senior Brad Dalke finished in 33rd place, posting a three-day 215 (+2). Dalke recorded a 73 (+2) during Sunday’s final round.
At the ASU Individual Invitational, senior Rylee Reinertson fired a 66 (-5) on Sunday to claim his first individual win of his career. The two-day individual tournament was held at the par-71, 7,316-yard Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.
Reinertson recorded a 205 (-8) to win the individual event by five shots. During Sunday’s 18 holes, Reinertson played a near flawless round and carded six birdies.
Redshirt sophomore Thomas Johnson tied for 20th place at the individual event, finishing with a three-day 223 (+10). Johnson recorded a 72 (+1) during Sunday’s final round.
The Sooners now begin preparation for the postseason and will compete in the 2018 Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., April 23-25 (Monday-Wednesday).