Overstreet powers Arkansas to victory, Sooners third at Gopher Invitational

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Led by Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher, the No. 33 Arkansas men’s golf team poured in 17 birdies and two eagles on Monday and fired a final round 5-under 279 to run away from the field and capture the team championship at the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club. Oklahoma, which had won the event two years consecutively, finished third.

Arkansas opened the day with a one shot lead and two of the top eight teams in the country lurking close behind, but the Razorbacks went 7-under during their final five holes to race away from the field and record a 10-shot victory. Arkansas’ rounds of 284-285-279 – 848 (-4) tied the lowest score in Gopher Invitational history.

Arkansas beat one of the best fields in collegiate golf, taking down nine nationally ranked teams, including defeating No. 8 Baylor by 10 shots, No. 6 Oklahoma by 11 strokes and No. 17 Kent State by 12 shots.

Alvaro Ortiz led the charge in the early portion of the round, posting a birdie and eagle in a three-hole span, while Overstreet provided the fireworks late with a birdie and eagle in back-to-back holes to create separation from the field.

Overstreet recorded back-to-back 4-under 67’s to post a runner-up finish, his second such result in his last three collegiate events after ending last season as the runner-up at the NCAA National Championship. His rounds of 72-67-67 – 206 (-7) gives him four rounds under par in two tournaments this year.

Three OU golfers finished in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard as the Sooners posted its three-day team total of 859 (+7). During Monday’s final round, the Sooners carded a 286 (+2). In its last nine tournaments, OU has earned eight top-five finishes and placed third or better on five different occasions.

“We played a lot of golf over the last two days and this tournament presents a good challenge for us,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said after the round. “I thought we did a good job today of staying in the hunt for the lead, but we came up just a little short. It was good to see Brad, Blaine and Grant all finish in the top 10 as well.”

Junior Brad Dalke was OU’s best finisher, earning eighth place with an even-par 213. The Norman native posted a 2-over 73 during the final round. Dating back to last season, Dalke has recorded five top-10 finishes in his last six appearances.

Junior Blaine Hale and senior Grant Hirschman finished in a tie for 10th place, both posting a three-day total of 215. Hale carded an even-par 71 Monday to earn his fifth career top-10 finish. Hirschman posted a 73 in the final round to record back-to-back top-10 finishes to open the season.

Sophomore Riley Casey finished in a tie for 22nd place. Casey carded four birdies and posted an even-par 71 in the third round to total a 218 for the event.

Also tallying a 71 in the final round was redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins. Cummins’ overall 225 (+12) tied for 61st overall.

At the Gopher Individual, freshman Lane Wallace wrapped up his first collegiate event at 226, tying for 17th place. Wallace turned in his best round of the tournament on Monday, shooting 73. The Gopher Individual was played at the par-72, 6,953-yard Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minn.

The Sooners return to action Oct. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday) at the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Ore.


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