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University of Oklahoma men’s golf sophomore Brad Dalke will compete in The Masters this week. Golf’s most prestigious event will begin Thursday at the historic par-72, 7,435-yard Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
“It means so much to me to be able to play in The Masters as an amateur,” Dalke said. “This place is so awesome, and to be able to represent myself, my family and the University of Oklahoma means so much. It’s going to be an awesome week, and I can’t wait to go out there and compete.”
Dalke will tee off at 10:29 a.m. CT on Thursday and 7:22 a.m. CT on Friday. The Norman, Okla., product is paired with James Hahn and 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam. The field will be cut after the second round, and the third and fourth rounds will take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Sooner earned his invitation to The Masters after finishing as the runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Amateur. Dalke’s appearance will mark his second time competing as an amateur in a professional event, as he played in the 2016 Valero Texas Open.
Dalke is one of five amateurs contending in this year’s Masters, and he is the only amateur currently on an NCAA Division I golf team. The event has a rich tradition of amateur competitors, including OU’s own Charlie Coe. Widely regarded as the best amateur golfer of all time and the namesake of the Sooners’ practice facility, Coe made 19 appearances at Augusta National and holds many Masters amateur records.
ESPN will air The Masters on Thursday and Friday from 2-6 p.m. CT, and CBS will broadcast the event on Saturday from 2-6:30 p.m. CT and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. CT. Additional online coverage and more information on The Masters can be found on the event’s website, Masters.com.