Cowboys rally with sizzling final round, Sooners climb to 11th in Georgia

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team fired a 14-under 274 during its final round at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate on Sunday to rally for its second victory of the fall. Oklahoma, led by Brad Dalke’s fifth-place finish, was 11th.

Competing at the Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course, the Cowboys’ closing round was the day’s best score by seven shots and erased a 10-shot deficit. OSU started the day in fifth place before using its third-round tally to finish at 27-under 837 and three shots clear of Texas.

The victory was OSU’s second in three events this fall and marked the first time the Cowboys have won the tournament since their victory in 2013. OSU capped its strong charge playing the final four holes bogey free and playing the final two holes 4-under par, including three birdies at the par-5 18th.

The Longhorns did produce the individual medalist in Doug Ghim, who finished with a 203 total and one shot clear of OSU’s Matthew Wolff.

Wolff led the Cowboys’ Sunday charge, finishing with a 5-under 67 to rise five spots into sole possession of second place, earning his first career top five. The freshman opened with an eagle-birdie start and made the turn at 3-under 33 after posting birdies at Nos. 8 and 9. After carding seven consecutive pars on his back nine, Wolff closed with a pair of birdies.

Zach Bauchou notched a top-five showing of his own, signing for a 68 to tie for fifth place at 208. The junior birdied his first four holes of the day and added birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to turn in 5-under 31.

Sophomore Viktor Hovland posted his low round of the event, finishing with a 69 to tie for 12th place with a 211 total.

Junior Nick Heinen shared 44th place at 216 after closing with a 72. Junior Hayden Wood’s 70 moved him into a tie for 63rd place at 221.

No. 5 Oklahoma concluded with a 282. The Sooners finished tied for 11th place on the team leaderboard with a three-day total of 855. The competitive 15-team field featured four top-5 teams ranked in the latest Golfstat rankings and nine in the top 25.

“Considering we played one of the worst team rounds to start the tournament, our guys did a great job fighting and competing this weekend to claw back,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Brad (Dalke) was really good over the last two rounds. This is the best field in the country and we put ourselves behind the eight-ball early. We are learning and getting better.”

For the second straight day, Dalke finished with a round in the 60s. The junior carded a 68  during Sunday’s final round, finishing tied for fifth place with a three-day total of 208. Dalke’s fifth-place finish marks his third career top-5 performance as a Sooner.

Sophomore Riley Casey claimed a share of 41st place with a 54-hole total of 215. Casey posted a 71 during the final round Sunday. Senior Grant Hirschman recorded a 73Sunday, bringing his total to 216 to tie for 44th place.

Sophomore Garett Reband tied for 52nd place at 218 over three days. Reband concluded the event with a 72 during the final round. Junior Blaine Hale turned in his best round of the weekend with a 71 andwas 72nd at 224.

OU returns to action Oct. 30-Nov. 1 to wrap up its fall slate at the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, Ga. The prestigious three-day event features the top four team finishers from the 2017 NCAA Championships in a combined one-day stroke play, two-day match play format.

The Sooners will be joined by Illinois, Oregon and Vanderbilt at the event. All three days of the 2017 East Lake Cup will be televised by the Golf Channel.


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