OU advances to NCAA men’s golf championship final

OU Athletics Communications

May 30, 2017

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — The Oklahoma men’s golf team will face defending champion Oregon on Wednesday afternoon in the NCAA men’s golf championship match at Rich Harvest Farms Final.

OU advanced by winning two matches on Tuesday, rolling past host Illinois 3-1-1 in the semifinal match after posting a 3-2 comeback victory over Baylor in the morning quarterfinals.

The final matches will begin at 2:10 p.m. CT. The Golf Channel will televise the NCAA championship match live from 3-7 p.m. CT and live scoring also will be available on GolfStat.com.

NCAA FINAL MATCH PAIRINGS

1. Blaine Hale (OU) vs. Norman Xiong (ORE) – 2:10 p.m. CT
2. Max McGreevy (OU) vs. Edwin Yi (ORE) – 2:20 p.m. CT
3. Rylee Reinertson (OU) vs. Wyndham Clark (ORE) – 2:30 p.m. CT
4. Grant Hirschman (OU) vs. Ryan Gronlund (ORE) – 2:40 p.m. CT
5. Brad Dalke (OU) vs. Sulman Raza (ORE) – 2:50 p.m. CT

This marks the first time in school history the Sooners will play for the national title in the match-play format, which made its debut in 2009. OU is looking to win its second NCAA title in program history, having previously won the 1989 championship at Oak Tree Country Club under the stroke-play format.

“What a great day for Oklahoma golf,” eighth-year head coach Ryan Hybl said after Tuesday’s sweep. “I can’t put into words what this opportunity means for us, and our guys have earned it all this week. We have one more to knock down tomorrow, and our guys will be ready.”

The Sooners qualified as the No. 2 seed overall for match play after placing second in the 72-hole stroke-play qualifier. Oregon is the No. 5 seed and advanced to the championship match with a 3-2 semifinal victory over No. 1-seeded Vanderbilt, which won the stroke-play qualifier by 12 shots. Oregon began match play by beating No. 4-seeded Oklahoma State 3-2 in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Blaine Hale got OU on the board first in the semifinal with a 4 and 3 win over Illinois’ Edoardo Lipparelli. Hale struck early with a win on hole No. 1, and although the golfers went back and forth on the front nine, Hale never trailed in the match. Wins on hole Nos. 10 and No. 14 put Hale 4-up and he halved the 15th hole to claim the victory.

Senior Max McGreevy posted the Sooners’ next win, defeating Giovanni Tadiott 2 and 1. McGreevy also won the first hole and maintained the lead over Tadiotto throughout the round. The senior clinched a win on the challenging 17th hole.

Junior Rylee Reinertson’s 3 and 1 victory over Michael Feagles clinched the OU win over the Fighting Illini.

Junior Grant Hirschman halved his match with Illinois’ Nick Hardy. The duo was all-square when the match was suspended after Reinertson’s win. Sophomore Brad Dalke was 1-down to Dylan Meyer.

In the quarterfinal match, OU rallied on the back nine to defeat Baylor.

Down 2-0 with three matches left on the course, Reinertson and Hirschman came through with a pair of 1-up victories to tie the match. Dalke sealed the comeback win by defeating Baylor’s Matthew Perrine 1-up in 19 holes.

At the one point during the quarterfinals, OU trailed in all five matches. Reinertson worked his way back from 3-down through eight holes; Reinertson grabbed the lead with a birdie on No. 17; Hirschman, who was 3-down at the turn, sunk an eagle putt on No. 18 to win 1-up and tie the team match at 2.

Dalke battled back and forth with Perrine, who forced a playoff after chipping in from the fringe on No. 18. Dalke won the first playoff hole by burying a 6-foot putt.

 

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