The No. 1 Oklahoma men’s golf team claimed seventh place at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event took place at the par-72, 7,374-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas.
The Sooners finished with a 54-hole 874 (+10), posting a 284 (-4) in the final round. OU shed eight strokes off of its second round score, moving up the leaderboard in Tuesday’s round.
Southern California won the team title with an overall 861 (-3). No. 5 Texas finished second with an 863 (-1). No. 7 Texas Tech claimed third at 864 (E). No. 22 Florida took fourth at 870 (+6), Pepperdine and UCLA rounded out the top five, three strokes behind the Gators.
Welch opened play strong. The sophomore posted two birdies and an eagle in the first four holes. He finished the day with a total of four birdies and a 2-under 70. Senior Quade Cummins tied for 16th place, one stroke behind the duo. Cummins recorded an even par, 72. The Weatherford, Okla. native posted back-to-back birdies on holes nine and 10.
Freshman Jake Holbrook finished with an overall 228 (+12) and a piece of 60th place. He carded a 75 (+3) collecting an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole in the third round.
Sophomore Logan McAllister rounded out the Sooner lineup, tying for 80th, at 238 after a final-round 79.
The Sooners will return to action March 15th at the N.I.T., held in Tuscon, Ariz.