No. 1 Sooners ready to slug it out at Big 12 Championship

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TRINITY, Texas — The Oklahoma men’s golf team will open its championship chase this week at the Big 12 Championship, hosted at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The three-day, 72-hole championship is slated for April 25-27 as the Sooners seek their 18th conference championship and second of the Ryan Hybl era.

Oklahoma, who enters postseason play ranked as the consensus No. 1 team in the country, will face a tough test at Whispering Pines, where the 7,467-yard course will host three other top-10 teams. The 2022 championship returns to Whispering Pines for the seventh time and first time since 2016. Oklahoma’s best finish at the course came in 2005 when the Sooners finished as the runner-up and Anthony Kim took home medalist honors.

The Sooners boast five regular-season victories this season, tied for the most in program history with the 1989, 2018 and 2021 teams. Most recently, Hybl’s team used a come-from-behind effort to knock off Big 12 foes No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Texas Tech to win the Thunderbird Collegiate. That victory paired with wins at the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational and East Lake Cup in the fall, followed by wins in Puerto Rico and Southern Highlands in the spring sent the Sooners to the top of the polls early and Hybl’s team hasn’t relinquished the top spot.

The Oklahoma lineup features Haskins Award and Ben Hogan Award watch list honorees Chris Gotterup and Logan McAllister, as well as fellow All-American Patrick Welch. Those three anchor the OU contingent with nine top-five finishes and four combined medalist honors in 2022. Rounding out the Sooners’ lineup is true freshman Drew Goodman who owns seven top-20 placements as the nation’s No. 5 freshman this season. Stephen Campbell Jr. fills out the lineup for the Crimson and Cream following a 16th-place finish at Thunderbird and a pair of top 10s in the fall. Sophomore Ben Lorenz is available to Hybl as the designated substitute.

THE FIELD BY GOLFSTAT RANKING

No. 1 Oklahoma

No. 2 Oklahoma State

No. 5 Texas Tech

No. 9 Texas

No. 27 Kansas

No. 55 Baylor

No. 64 Kansas State

No. 67 West Virginia

No. 79 TCU

No. 105 Iowa State

FORMAT

Teams will play 72 holes over three days of play: 36 on Monday, followed by 18 on Tuesday and Wednesday. A win at the Championship would make award Oklahoma the Big 12’s automatic qualifier bid for NCAAs.

HISTORY

The Sooners have won 17 conference championships, including two since the formation of the Big 12. Under head coach Ryan Hybl, Oklahoma claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship and hasn’t finished outside of the top three at the championship since 2017. Nine Sooners have won the individual championship with the most recent champion coming via Grant Hirschman’s 283 (+3) at Southern Hills in Tulsa.

COVERAGE

Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com. The championship will not be streamed, but fans can follow along on OU Men’s Golf social media channels.

 

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