Sooners rally, grab final match play spot to face Texas, OSU out

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The No. 18 seed Oklahoma men’s golf team is advancing to the match play competition of the 2016 NCAA Championships after finishing the fourth round of stroke play in eighth. The tournament is taking place at the par-70, 7,014-yard Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Entering the day in a tie for 14th place, the Sooners shot a 277 (-3), matching the second-best round of the tournament among all 30 squads, to surge six places into eighth with an overall 1144 (+24). This placing qualified OU for the quarterfinals of match play, marking the first time the Sooners have made it to match play, which was introduced to the championships in 2009.

The top eight teams qualify out of stroke play for the quarterfinals. The Sooners will face No. 2 seed Texas in the quarterfinals after the Longhorns finished first in stroke play at 1134 (+14). No. 4 Illinois finished second at 1135 (+15) and will face No. 19 South Carolina, who finished seventh at 1142 (+22). No. 12 seed and defending national champion LSU took third at 1136 (+16) and will face No. 20 Oregon, who finished sixth at 1139 (+19). No. 3 USC and No. 8 Vanderbilt will face each other after tying for fourth at 1137 (+17).

Junior Max McGreevy and freshman Brad Dalke were the best finishers for the Sooners, claiming a share of 26th place in the individual competition with a four-round 7-over 287. McGreevy bounced back from a difficult third round to card a 66 (-4) on Monday, matching his career-low and pocketing seven birdies. Dalke also shot under-par, firing a 68 (-2) Monday, his fifth round in the 60s of this season.

Freshman Blaine Hale finished individually in 51st place at 291 (+11). The Dallas, Texas, native recorded a solid 71 (+1) in the fourth round, collecting three clutch birdies on the front nine.

Senior Luke Kwon was consistent on Monday, tallying a 73 (+3) for the fourth round in a row. He claimed a share of 57th individually at 292 (+12).

Rounding out the OU lineup was Grant Hirschman, who finished tied for 66th place individually with an overall 294 (+14). The sophomore posted a 72 (+2) in the final round of stroke play, shooting five birdies.

The Sooners will face the Longhorns in match play beginning Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live stats will be available on GolfStat.com, and the Golf Channel will televise the competition starting at 12:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State posted a disappointing 11-over 291 during its fourth round at the NCAA Championship on Monday to tie for 10th place at Eugene Country Club.

The Cowboys finished with a 30-over total of 1,150 to tie California and miss advancing to the match play bracket by six shots. Texas finished first at 1,134 after closing with a 287. Oregon’s Aaron Wise closed with a 71 during his fourth round to finish at 5-under 275 and wrap up medalist honors.

Senior Jordan Niebrugge closed out his Cowboy career with his second consecutive 69 to move into a tie for 17th place at 285. Niebrugge went out in 1-under 33 with eight consecutive pars before wrapping up his outward nine with a birdie at the 18th. He moved to 3-under for the day with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4 before carding a double bogey at the seventh. After posting his fourth birdie of the day at the eighth, he finished with a bogey at the ninth for his 1-under total.

Sophomore Stratton Nolen signed for a 73 to finish tied for 26th place at 287, while classmate Kristoffer Ventura carded a 76 to finish at 291 and tied for 51st place.

Sophomore Brendon Jelley posted his second 73 in a row to finish at 293 and tied for 60th place. Sophomore Sam Stevens’ 79 tied him for 66th place at 294.

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