ORU golfers Blake, Drake sweep Summit League weekly honors

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts sophomore Avery Blake and senior Jackson Drake swept the latest TicketSmarter #SummitGF Male and Female Peak Golfer of the Week accolades, League officials announced Monday. Blake earned her second female weekly honor of the spring while Drake garnered his first career weekly male honor.

Blake earned medalist honors at the rain-shortened Bama Bash, shooting a 36-hole total of 212 (-2) to hold off teammate Katie Strickland and Jacksonville’s Casey Powell by one stroke.

The TCU transfer opened with an even-par 72 before closing out the event with a 70 (-2), which was the low round of the tournament. It’s the second top-10 finish of the season for Blake, who helped the Golden Eagles to a second-place finish in the 15-team field.

Drake led the Golden Eagles to the team title and finished runner-up in the individual standings after falling in a sudden-death playoff to Missouri State’s Max Kreikemeier. He shot a career-best 206 (-7) on the par-71 layout at the Twin Oaks Country Club.

The Lubbock, Texas native opened the event with 69 then carded a career-best 66 in round two and closed with an even-par 71.

FEMALE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Avery Blake, Oral Roberts
So. | The Woodlands, Texas

  • This is the second weekly honor of the spring for Blake
  • Earned her first collegiate victory at the rain-shortened Bama Bash, totaling a 142 (-2) over 36 holes
  • Opened the event with an even-par 72 and closed with a 70 (-2), which equaled the best round of the tournament
  • Blake and teammate Katie Strickland were two of three golfers to shoot under par for the tournament as ORU finished second in the team standings

Also nominated: Mika Miyata (Omaha).

MALE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Jackson Drake, Oral Roberts
Sr. | Lubbock, Texas

  • This is the first weekly honor of Drake’s career
  • Earned a runner-up finish at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, falling in a playoff to Missouri State’s Max Kreikemeier
  • Posted a career best 54-hole total of 206 (-7) to lead the Golden Eagles to a seven-stroke victory in the team race
  • Opened the tournament with a 69 (-2), then shot a career-best 66 (-5) in round two before closing with an even-par 71

Also nominated: Christopher Atkinson (Omaha).

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