Sooners grab first-round lead in Nike Invitational at Colonial

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The No. 11 Oklahoma men’s golf team is in first place after the first round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the par-70, 7,209-yard Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Facing a competitive 15-team field with 10 squads ranked in the top 20 of the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, the Sooners put together a strong opening round and fired a 273 (-7) to take the lead at the end of the first day.

“Today was a great day,” eighth-year OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We had three guys play beautiful rounds of golf: Blaine (Hale), Grant (Hirschman) and Brad (Dalke). And, Quade (Cummins) hung in all day. It’s always great to start hot, and will stick to the same game plan and keep plugging away.”

No. 9 Vanderbilt sits two strokes behind the Sooners in second, and No. 8 Florida is two strokes behind the Commodores. No. 10 Wake Forest holds fourth at 280 (E), and No. 5 Texas is in fifth at 282 (+2).

Sophomore Blaine Hale paces the Sooners, holding a tie for first place at 66 (-4). The Dallas, Texas, native pocketed six birdies on Sunday en route to his career-low 18-hole score and fourth career round in the 60s.

One stroke behind Hale are junior Grant Hirschman and sophomore Brad Dalke, who share third place. Hirschman tallied seven birdies in the first round to earn his 11th career round in the 60s. Dalke collected three birdies in a bogey-free round, marking his seventh career round in the 60s.

Quade Cummins is tied for 47th place. The redshirt freshman recorded a 73 on Sunday, carding two birdies and an eagle.

Senior Max McGreevy struggled in the first round, totaling a 79 He is currently tied for 70th place.

The second round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational is slated to begin Monday morning, and the Sooners will begin teeing off at 9:30 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on

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