McAllister-Cummins 1-2 finish boosts Sooners to victory at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma men’s golf team took home the Big 12 Colonial Preview title on Tuesday, holding off second-place No. 4 Texas by six-strokes to clinch the top seed at this week’s Big 12 Match Play Championship. Oklahoma State finished in eighth place.

The Sooners fired a 278 (-2) in the final round to finish the event with a 54-hole total of 835 (-5) at the par-70, 7,204-yard Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma was the only team to finish under par and was paced by 50 birdies in the season-opening event.

OU captured both first and second place on the individual leaderboard as Logan McAllister notched the second win of his career and Quade Cummins followed in second.

“To get another win is huge for my confidence,” McAllister said after the win. “It’s one thing to believe in yourself, which I do, but to be able to build off prior experiences is something that can help me in the future. This win gives me validation to know that I can win at this level. I’m thankful for all my teammates, who push me day in and day out to become the best player and person I can be.”

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The win is Hybl’s 25th title in 12 years, as he has turned Oklahoma golf into a national powerhouse.

“I can’t explain how awesome it was to see our guys compete this week,” Hybl said. “We had great performances from everyone this week and that allowed us to get out in front. Obviously, when you’ve got an older squad like we do, it’s going to help with our experience factor.”

McAllister carded a 66 (-4) on Tuesday to move into first place on the front nine, and the junior wouldn’t surrender the lead en route to the victory. McAllister’s 10 birdies were the most for the Sooners, as he set a 54-hole career record by carding a 207 (-3) in the win.

“Today was just awesome. I felt like I put a really good round of golf together with no silly mistakes,” McAllister said. “At Colonial, it’s all about keeping the ball in front of you and not giving any shots away, and I felt like I did that really well this week.”

Cummins rallied on the back nine to earn a share of second place, registering the 25th top-10 finish of his Oklahoma career. His second-round score of 66 (-4) matched McAllister and two others for the tournament’s low round.

All-American transfer Jonathan Brightwell shined in his Oklahoma debut, finishing in a tie for sixth after carding two 70s (E) and a 71 (+1). Following Brightwell on the leaderboard was junior Patrick Welch, who tallied a 216 (+6) over three rounds to finish in a tie for 19th.

Redshirt senior Thomas Johnson continued to be a steady player for Hybl’s team, grabbing a piece of 23rd at 8-over-par (218). Tucker Allen also excelled in his debut, tying for 34th with a 223 (+14) total.

With the win, the Sooners take hold of the No. 1 seed for the Big 12 Match Play Championship, slated to start Friday at The Golf Club at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas.

Oklahoma State posted a 5-over tally of 285 to finish at 31-over 871. A pair of Cowboys placed in the top 15 with newcomer Eugenio Chacarra and freshman Brian Stark tying for 15th place.

Chacarra, a transfer from Wake Forest, closed with an even-par 70, which included five birdies, while Stark turned in 2-under 33 on his way to a 70 of his own.

Junior Austin Eckroat carded his low round of the event, posting a 71 during his third round to tie for 31st place at 222.

Sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen carded a closing 74 and tied for 39th place at 224.

Freshman Bo Jin also posted a 74 to finish alone in 45th place at 228.

Sophomore Aman Gupta signed for a 78 to finish at 232 and in 53rd place.

The Cowboys will continue the Big 12 Fall Series this weekend when they begin play at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament at Houston Oaks on Friday.

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