NORMAN – The No. 5 Oklahoma men’s golf team concluded the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate with a 282 (-6) during Sunday’s final round. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held at the par-72, 7,017-yard Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Sooners finished tied for 11th place on the team leaderboard with a three-day total of 855 (-9). The competitive 15-team field featured four top-5 teams ranked in the latest Golfstat rankings and nine in the top 25.
“Considering we played one of the worst team rounds to start the tournament, our guys did a great job fighting and competing this weekend to claw back,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Brad (Dalke) was really good over the last two rounds. This is the best field in the country and we put ourselves behind the eight-ball early. We are learning and getting better.”
Oklahoma State won the team title against an elite field with a three-day total of 837 (-27), followed by Texas at 840 (-24) in second, while Wake Forest placed third at 842 (-22). Georgia Tech and UCLA both tied for fourth place at 846 (-18).
For the second straight day, junior Brad Dalke finished with a round in the 60s. The junior carded a 68 (-4) during Sunday’s final round, finishing tied for fifth place with a three-day total of 208 (-8). Dalke’s fifth-place finish marks his third career top-5 performance as a Sooner.
Sophomore Riley Casey claimed a share of 41st place with a 54-hole total of 215 (-1). Casey posted a 71 (-1) during the final round Sunday. Senior Grant Hirschman recorded a 73 (+1) Sunday, bringing his total to 216 (E) to tie for 44th place.
Sophomore Garett Reband tied for 52nd place at 218 (+2) over three days. Reband concluded the event with a 72 (E) during the final round. Rounding out OU’s lineup, junior Blaine Hale turned in his best round of the weekend with a 71 (-1) Sunday. Hale took 72nd place with a 54-hole total of 224 (+8).
OU returns to action Oct. 30-Nov. 1 to wrap up its fall slate at the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Ga. The prestigious three-day event features the top four team finishers from the 2017 NCAA Championships in a combined one-day stroke play, two-day match play format.
The Sooners will be joined by Illinois, Oregon and Vanderbilt at the event. All three days of the 2017 East Lake Cup will be televised by the Golf Channel.