University of Oklahoma golfer Brad Dalke will vie for the U.S. Amateur Championship after advancing to the final round on Saturday. The prestigious event is being played at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Dalke, a rising sophomore, will face Curtis Luck of Australia in Sundayâ€™s championship round. The two golfers are the last remaining competitors from a field that began with over 300 of some of the worldâ€™s best amateur players. After making the cut of 64, they advanced through five rounds of match play into the final match.
The Sooner defeated USC rising junior Jonah Texeira in Saturdayâ€™s semifinal round, 3 and 2. After Texeria won holes No. 5 and 6, Dalke was 2-down at the end of the front nine.
However, Dalke bounced back to dominate on the back nine. The Norman resident won holes No. 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 to quickly take a 3-up lead. After the competitors halved the 16th hole, Dalke claimed the victory.
â€œItâ€™s still sinking in,â€ Dalke said. â€œI played really well today and had a tough match with Jonah.â€
As finalists in the U.S. Amateur, Dalke and Luck will receive an invitation to the U.S. Open Championship. Additionally, although it is not guaranteed, it is customary for The Masters to also invite U.S. Amateur finalists to compete.
â€œI canâ€™t believe Iâ€™ll be playing in The Masters and the U.S. Open next year, but I also have more work to do tomorrow,â€ Dalke said. â€œItâ€™ll be a fun day, and I canâ€™t wait for the opportunity.â€
Dalke and Luck will face off for the U.S. Amateur Championship at 8 a.m. CT Sunday, playing 36 holes to determine the winner. A live stream of the match will be available from 10 a.m.-noon CT on USGA.org, and FOX will broadcast competition from 2-5 p.m. CT. More information on the U.S. Amateur can be found on the USGAâ€™s website.