Dalke, Sooners pull away for victories in Lone Star Invitational

No. 6 Oklahoma men’s golf team won its second team title of the season, while junior Brad Dalke finished as the individual medalist at the Lone Star Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the par-72, 7,247-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.

The team victory is the 17th under ninth-year head coach Ryan Hybl. The Sooners are now back-to-back champions at the Lone Star Invitational.

OU won the tournament by 17 shots, finishing with a three-day score of 15-under 849, its second-lowest 54-hole total of the season. The Sooners fired a 284 (-4) during Tuesday’s final round, the lowest round of the day among the 15-team field.

“It’s always fun to win. It is very difficult in our sport to get wins and we cherish every one of them,” Hybl said.

Arkansas State took second place at 866, followed by UTEP at 870, Kansas 872 and New Mexico State 877.

Junior Brad Dalke earned his second individual tournament title of his career with a three-round 208 (-8). Dalke’s birdie on the 18th hole propelled the junior to the first-place finish. The Norman, Okla., native posted a 67 (-5) in the final round to claim the title outright over Arkansas State’s Jakub Bares.

“Brad had a great day that allowed him to win and this will continue to help his confidence and game,” Hybl said of the junior. “It is time for us to start picking up momentum for the spring and this is a good start.”

Senior Grant Hirschman finished in sole possession of third place with an overall 210. The senior posted a 70 during Tuesday’s final round. The senior closed the day on a strong note with an eagle on hole No. 11 and played the back nine without a bogey on his scorecard.

Redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins carded a 73 on Tuesday, posting a 54-hole 214 to tie for sixth place. Cummins has finished in the top 10 twice in his last three team events.

Redshirt sophomore Thomas Johnson picked up his first top-20 finish of the spring season, recording a 219 for the tournament to tie for 18th place. Johnson recorded a 74 to close out the event in the final round.

Sophomore Garett Reband claimed a share of 24th place at 220. He rounded out OU’s lineup with a 74during Tuesday’s final 18 holes.

Playing individually and unattached from team scoring, junior Blaine Hale tied for 10th at 216. Hale rounded out the tournament with a 71 during the final round to pick up his fourth top-10 finish of the season. The junior picked up an eagle and five birdies on Tuesday.

Oklahoma continues its spring slate March 29-31 (Thursday-Saturday) at The Goodwin in San Francisco, Calif.


 

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