NORMAN – University of Oklahoma men’s golfers Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale were among the 266 student-athletes named to the 2019 Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.
Dalke and Hale became the first players to make four straight appearances in the match play portion of the NCAA Championships. The duo helped the Sooners advance to the match player quarterfinals this season at the NCAA Championships, while also winning the 2017 national title.
Under head coach Ryan Hybl, his golfers have now earned 17 Academic All-America accolades. Hale joins former Sooner Grant Hirschman as the only Sooners to earn back-to-back academic All-America selections by the GCAA.
Dalke finished third in OU history with a 72.01 career stroke average and a two-time All-American selection. As a senior, Dalke posted a 71.67 stroke average in 10 events, earning two top-10 finishes.
Hale set the OU single-season record with a 70.63 stroke average and picked up three top-10 finishes. During his senior year, Hale set the program record for lowest 18-hole total in school history with a 62 (-9) at the NCAA Pullman Regional. Hale also earned his first individual win in September at the Gopher Invitational.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.