No. 1 Oklahoma tees off in New Mexico Regional

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Oklahoma men’s golf team enters the postseason at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional as the nation’s No. 1 overall seed. The team hasn’t finished lower than second at a tournament in its last six events. The regional, slated for May 17-19 at the University of New Mexico Championship Course, will be contested over 54 holes of play, with the top five teams in a 14-team field advancing to the NCAA Championship.

The Sooners, led by four All-Americans and 12th-year head coach Ryan Hybl, will make their 10th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and 48th overall appearance in school history. It’s the third straight postseason that the Sooners have been named a No. 1 seed, and Oklahoma is the only school in the nation to appear in every NCAA match play since 2016, winning the national championship in 2017. Oklahoma has won five NCAA Regionals in program history: 1989, 1995, 2001, 2015 and 2018.

Hybl’s team is fresh off a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship, where they finished one shot behind Oklahoma State. The Sooners have four team wins in 2020-21, second-most in a single season in Norman. More impressively, OU has grabbed a top-five team finish at 24 of its last 25 tournaments.

Individually, the Sooners’ lineup boasts three medalists in McAllister, Reband and Welch this year, while Cummins owns three runner-up finishes, and Brightwell has six top-10 placements. The lineup has played 78 rounds of postseason golf, more than any other team in the country, and has combined for 66 top-10 finishes, 101 top 20s and eight wins over their careers.

Oklahoma is the only team in the country to have three players inside the PGA Tour U’s top 17 rankings and place all five inside Golfweek’s top 35. All of OU’s starters rank inside the top 90 in the world, powered by No. 6 Reband and No. 16 Cummins.

Spectators are permitted based on local/state guidelines, which are subject to change. It is requested that spectators wear masks and follow physical distancing protocols, including remaining at least 15 yards away from student-athletes, coaches and other team personnel. Spectators must also keep distanced from tee boxes and greens. The event is free of charge.

THE FIELD

1. Oklahoma (1)
2. Arizona State (12)
3. Texas A&M (14)
4. Texas Tech (22)
5. New Mexico (29)
6. Stanford (rv, 31)
7. Oregon State (41)
8. Boise State (47)
9. South Carolina (51)
10. Nevada (63)
11. San Diego (66)
12. NM State (150)
13. Oakland (58)
14. Prairie View A&M (263)

Ordered by seed and followed by Golfstat’s rankings in parentheses.

OU LINEUP

Jonathan Brightwell, R-Sr, Charlotte, N.C. – Transfer from UNC-Greensboro, making third NCAA Regional appearance … Tied for team-high four top-five finishes, paired with six top 10s and eight top 20s in 10 events … Has  finished inside the top 15 at eight tournaments this season… Member of the United States Palmer Cup team … 2020 PING second-team All-American … Haskins Watch List Honoree in the fall of 2020 … 2017 SoCon champion.

RANK: Golfstat – 27 | Golfweek/Sagarin – 21 | WAGR – 59 | PGA Tour U – 17

Quade Cummins, R-SR, Weatherford, Okla. –  Third NCAA Regional Aappearance, finishing T12 in Pullman (’19) and third in Norman (’18)… Three-time All-American … Third-lowest career scoring average in Oklahoma history of 71.36 … Career versus par of 0.19 is third best at OU … 30 top-20 finishes, 21 top 10s and 10 top fives … Enters ABQ Regional off a three straight top 10s, including second at Big 12 Championship … Helped USA to Walker Cup win in May 2021.

RANK: Golfstat – 37 | Golfweek/Sagarin – 14 | WAGR – 16 | PGA Tour U – 6

Logan McAllister, JR, Oklahoma City, Okla. –  First NCAA Regional appearance … Putting together the best season of his career, amassing a win at the Colonial Preview and two runner-up finishes this spring … Career-scoring average of 71.55 is fourth-lowest in Oklahoma history, and his career score versus par of 0.15 is second-best all-time in Norman … Nine rounds in the 60s this year are most on the team and his low round of 65 in the best among all Sooners in 2020-21 … September 2020 Big 12 Golfer of the Month.

RANK: Golfstat – 33 | Golfweek/Sagarin – 20 | WAGR – 39

Garett Reband, R-SR, York, S.C. – Third NCAA Regional appearance, finishing 11th at 2019 Pullman and 11th at 2018 Norman … Two-time All-American … Semifinalist for Ben Hogan Award and member of U.S. Palmer Cup team … Owns the lowest scoring average (71.26) and vs. par (-0.15) in Oklahoma history … Has not finished outside of the top 15 at a 54-hole tournament since 2019 … 25 top 20s, 16 top 10s, 8 top fives and two wins, including at the 2021 Men’s NIT.

RANK: Golfstat – 9 | Golfweek/Sagarin – 23 | WAGR – 6 | PGA Tour U – 4

Patrick Welch, JR, Aliso Viejo, Calif. – Second NCAA Regional appearance, finishing T33 at Pullman in 2019 … Haskins Watch List honoree for spring 2021 … Won the East Lake Cup in October 2020, firing a career-low 66 … Career-scoring average of 71.48 is the third-best in program history … Honorable mention All-American as a freshman in 2019 … Won the drive, chip and putt competition at Augusta National in 2014.

RANK: Golfstat – 62 | Golfweek/Sagarin – 35 | WAGR – 90

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