Cowboys, Sooners take aim at NCAA Championship at Blessings GC

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Practice rounds have begun for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships at Blessings Golf Club, a par 72, 7,550-yard course in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The tournament, hosted by the University of Arkansas, features 30 teams and six individuals who advanced to the championships from six regional sites last week.

Oklahoma State will be vying for consecutive national championships for the first time in its proud history, while Oklahoma will look to regain the championship it won in 2017.

Finals play consists of three days of stroke play on Friday, May 24 thru Sunday, May 26 (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday, May 27 to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, May 28, followed by finals on Wednesday, May 29.

GOLF Channel will provide extensive coverage of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.  Live coverage begins on Monday, May 27 from 3-7 p.m. featuring the final round of stroke play and the awarding of the individual medalist honors. Coverage continues on Tuesday, May 28, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the quarterfinals of match play and returns for the match play semifinals from 3-7 p.m.  Coverage culminates with the championship match on Wednesday, May 29 from 3-7 p.m. (All times are CT).

Matthew Wolff and Alan Bratton.

Part of the NCAA championships field for a record 72nd time, the Oklahoma State Cowboys enter play as the defending national champion.  At the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State won the team title, defeating Alabama, 5-0-0 in the final round of match play competition.  It was Oklahoma State’s 11th team national championship.

Parking and admission to the championships at Blessings Golf Club are free.

For more men’s golf information and to follow the action, access https://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d1.  For the complete schedule, links to live scoring, pairings and websites of participating teams, go to ncaagolf19.com.

The top-seeded Cowboys will begin play on Friday at 12:10 p.m. and will be grouped with Arizona State and Wake Forest on the 10th tee. The trio will begin its second round on Saturday off No. 1 at 6:50 a.m.

#Okstate Championship History 

  • OSU has won 11 NCAA titles and has produced eight individual national champions with its most recent national title coming in 2018 at Karsten Creek.
  • OSU’s first NCAA crown came in 1963 under the guidance of Labron Harris.
  • Former coach and current OSU athletics director Mike Holder captured eight titles, winning in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995 and 2000.
  • Mike McGraw won the crown in 2006, while Alan Bratton won his first a year ago, giving all four coaches program history a national title.
  • OSU has produced 17 runner-up finishes after placing second in 2014 at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
  • Earl Moeller was OSU’s first individual champion in 1953 and was followed by Grier Jones in 1968. David Edwards won in 1978 and was followed by Scott Verplank, Brian Watts and E.J. Pfister, who won consecutively from 1986-88. Charles Howell won in record-setting fashion in 2000 and was the program’s seventh national champion. Jonathan Moore’s won in 2006.

Tap-Ins

  • The Cowboys have now competed at the NCAA Championship in 72 of the program’s 73 years, including an NCAA-record string of 65 consecutive appearances from 1947-2011.
  • After their title run in 2018, the Cowboys have finished first or second at the event 28 times (11 titles, 17 second-place showings) and have finished in the top five 54 times. The Pokes have finished third on four occasions, fourth 12 times and have been the fifth-place finisher 10 times.
  • Additionally, OSU has five other top-10 finishes.
  • Since the current format was implemented in 2009, OSU has advanced to match play six times. The Cowboys finished second in 2010 and 2014, tied for third in 2011 and tied for fifth in 2009 and 2017 before breaking through on their home course last year.
  • The Cowboys advanced to the Championship after recording their NCAA-leading 14th regional title in Louisville.
  • The Cowboys have won four consecutive regionals and five of their six regional starts under Bratton.
  • Over the past two seasons, OSU has tallied 16 team victories and produced 14 medalists.
  • Four members of the OSU starting five rank among the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking: Viktor Hovland (1), Matthew Wolff (4), Zachary Bauchou (19) and Austin Eckroat (45).

Oklahoma Sooners outlook

The No. 6 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.

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.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP 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

NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (All times local – CT)

Friday, May 24

6:50 a.m.                                       First round of stroke play competition

 

Saturday, May 25

6:50 a.m.                                       Second round of stroke play competition

 

Sunday, May 26

6:50 a.m.                                       Third round of stroke play competition

 

Monday, May 27

11 a.m.                                           Tee times begin for final round of stroke play competition

3-7 p.m.                                         Live coverage on GOLF Channel

7:30 p.m.                                       Individual awards ceremony

7:45 p.m.                                       Quarterfinal Match Play pairings determined

 

Tuesday, May 28

7 a.m.                                            Match #1 and #2 begin (1st and 10th tees)

7:50 a.m.                                       Match #3 and #4 begin (1st and 10th tees)

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                      Live coverage (quarterfinals) on GOLF Channel

1:30 p.m.                                       Match #5 begins (winners of match #1 and #2)

2:20 p.m.                                       Match #6 begins (winners of match #3 and #4)

3-7 p.m.                                         Live coverage (semifinals) on GOLF Channel

7:30 p.m.                                       Semifinalist awards ceremony

7:45 p.m.                                       Championship Match Play pairings determined

 

Wednesday, May 29

2:25 p.m.                                       Championship Match begins (winner Match #5 vs. winner of Match #6)

3-7 p.m.                                         Live coverage (finals) on GOLF Channel

Following Play                              Awards ceremony

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.

LIVE STATS
Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com<http://golfstat.com


 

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