Cowboys open third in Austin Regional, Sooner’s fifth in Stanford despite Dalke’s 65

AUSTIN, Texas – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team began play at the NCAA Austin Regional on Monday with a 287 during its opening round to hold sole possession of third place at the University of Texas Golf Club.

The Cowboys’ 3-over score put them five shots off the pace of Ole Miss for the runner-up position. Tournament host Texas posted a 277 at the par-71, 7,355-yard layout to open up a five-shot lead with 36 holes remaining.

UT’s Scottie Scheffler fired a 5-under 66 to lead the individual race.

A pair of Cowboys, junior Kristoffer Ventura and freshman Viktor Hovland, wrapped up the day in the top 10, carding even-par 71s to stand in a tie for 10th place.

Ventura began his day with six consecutive pars and sandwiched a bogey at the eighth with birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 to turn at 1-under 34. After posting a bogey at the 10th, he carded birdies at Nos 13 and 14 before moving back to level par with bogeys at the 16th and 17th.

Hovland birdied the opening hole before stringing together eight pars in a row to turn in 1-under 34. He dipped back to even for the day with a bogey at the 10th before returning to red figures with a birdie at the 11th. A bogey at the par-4 15th moved him back to even for the day.

Sophomore Hayden Wood came in a stroke back of his teammates with a 72 to stand in a tie for 18th place, while Zachary Olsen’s 73 tied him for 24th place.

Sophomore Zach Bauchou signed for a 74 and came in tied for 33rd place.

The Cowboys will begin their second round tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Texas and Ole Miss.

Live scoring for the event will be available at golfstat.com.

Dalke’s 65 puts Sooners in fifth in Stanford

Through 18 holes of the NCAA Stanford Regional, the No. 14 Oklahoma men’s golf team holds fifth place. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being contested at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.

The Sooners, who are competing as the No. 3 seed, finished the day with an even-par 280.
“I feel like we let quite a bit slip away from us today,” eighth-year head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Brad (Dalke) had a great bogey-free round, and that is what we need from some of our other guys. We need to do a better job of executing and making more putts these next couple days.”
Tournament host and top-seeded Stanford paces the 13-team regional with an overall 271 (-9) on its home course. The remaining top-five teams are within three strokes of one another. No. 2-seed Baylor is in second at 277 (-3), and No. 8 BYU holds third with a 278 (-2). No. 7 North Florida is in fourth, one stroke ahead of OU.
The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA finals.
Sophomore Brad Dalke fired a career-low 65 (-5) in the first round to pace the Sooners. The Norman, Okla., product sunk five birdies and played bogey free to mark his sixth round in the 60s of the season. He currently is tied for first individually with Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, who is ranked as the No. 3 Division I golfer by Golfstat.
Junior Grant Hirschman also finished the day under par, pocketing two birdies en route to a 69. He is currently in a tie for 10th.
Sophomore Blaine Hale recorded a 72  and shares 34th place. Junior Rylee Reinertson holds a piece of 47th place after logging a 74. Senior Max McGreevy is one stroke behind Reinertson in a tie for 53rd.
The second round of the NCAA Stanford Regional is scheduled for Tuesday, and the Sooners will begin teeing off at 10:50 a.m. CT. from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.

 

 

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