NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma might have something to say about which school wins the national championship, if its regional performance is any indicator.
The Sooners set a school record for the lowest 54-hole total, shooting a 30-under 810 to grab third place at the NCAA Pullman Regional on Wednesday, advancing to their ninth consecutive NCAA Championship.
OU matched its school record for postseason 18-hole rounds each day of the three-round tournament, shooting three 270s at Palouse Ridge Golf Club (par-70, 7,232 yards).
Blaine Hale, who was in contention on the final day, finished tied for third place at 12-under 198. He shot a 68 in the final round despite two bogeys and a double over his final three holes.
“This never gets old and the guys did a great job this week,” OU coach Ryan Hybl said in a release. “Blaine Hale had one of his best weeks in college golf and he did a great job. Everyone pitched in this week and it was a great team effort for us to advance.”
The low five teams from the regional and low individual not on those teams advanced to the NCAA Championship May 24-29 at The Blessing Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Texas A&M and BYU all joined the Sooners in the field. Texas A&M won the Pullman Regional team title at 33-under, followed by BYU (31-under), OU (30-under) and Georgia Tech (22-under).
South Carolina beat Colorado in a playoff to advance, after both teams came in at 21-under in regulation.
Hale’s three-round 198 marked his lowest career 54-hole total in his career and tied the third-lowest total in OU history. It was his second top-five finish this season.
OU junior Garett Reband recorded his seventh top-20 finish this year, recording 2-under 68 in the final round to reach 8-under 202 for the tournament.
Redshirt junior Quade Cummins (12th place) finished at 7-under 203 for the tournament, shooting a 3-under 67 in the final round.
Senior Brad Dalke and freshman Patrick Welch shared 33rd place at 2-under 208. Dalke had three birdies on the back nine Wednesday to finish with a 2-under 68.
In his NCAA Regional debut, Welch saved his best for last, shooting 67 in the final round.
OU men’s golf
Where: Fayetteville, Ark.
When: May 24-29
Course: The Blessing Golf Club | Par 70 | 7,232 yards