HOCKLEY, Texas – The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma men's golf team knocked off No. 4-ranked Texas in the third-place match at the Big 12 Match Play Championship on Sunday in Hockley, Texas. After defeating No. 4-seeded TCU 4-1-1 in the last match of pool play in the morning, head coach Ryan Hybl's Sooners were locked into the showdown between the top-seeded Sooners and the No. 2-seeded Texas Longhorns.
The tournament was the Sooners' second of the Big 12 fall series, where Oklahoma competes against Big 12 teams in different tournaments. The Sooners took home the team title at the Big 12 Preview at Colonial last week.
The Sooners' match with the Longhorns was hotly contested, with the Sooners taking a 3-2 lead with Patrick Welch's match finishing up. Down one hole thru 17, the junior needed to win his final hole to give Oklahoma the win and clinch third place at the championship. Welch found a way to birdie the hole, halving his match with All-American Cole Hammer to give the Sooners the bronze. Welch, the No. 83 collegiate player in the country, didn't lose at Houston Oaks, winning his first three matches and halving his last two, and his 30 birdies led the field.
"I think we learned a lot about our guys this week," Hybl said. "We had some guys that really got better at this tournament and I think it gives us some valuable knowledge going forward."
One of the guys that got better was Logan McAllister, who finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record in all of his matches. McAllister, fresh off a win at Colonial last week, defeated his opponents by a combined 20 holes this weekend, the most on the team. The junior has become a key piece of one of the nation's top teams as the Oklahoma City product continues to show that he can compete with the best in the Big 12.
Jonathan Brightwell made his Big 12 match-play debut over the weekend, finishing 4-1, with his lone loss coming to Baylor's Johnny Keefer. Brightwell sunk a hole-in-one on the 15th hole in his 2-up win over TCU's Aymeric Laussot to move the match to all square before winning the next two holes, clinching the win.
Paced by his 25 birdies, Quade Cummins took home a 3-1-1 record from Houston, showing why the redshirt senior is widely considered one of the country's top 10 golfers.
The Sooners now turn their focus to the Maridoe Invitational in Carrollton, Texas, set to begin on October 18.
|NO. 1 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 4 TCU|
|J. Brightwell (OU) ||def. ||A. Laussot (TCU) - 2UP |
|J. Olesen (TCU) ||def. ||G. Reband (OU) - 5&4 |
|Q. Cummins (OU) ||def. ||M. de Oliveira (TCU) - 1UP |
|T. Johnson (OU) ||def. ||S. Ball (TCU) - 4&2 |
|L. McAllister (OU) ||def. ||C. Berzina (TCU) - 4&3 |
|P. Welch (OU) ||TIE ||G. Frimodt (TCU) |
|NO. 1 OU VS. NO. 2 TEXAS - 3RD PLACE MATCH|
|M. Nome (TEX) ||vs. ||T. Johnson (OU) - 3&2 |
|Q. Cummins (OU) ||def. ||T. Vick (TEX) - 4&3 |
|L. McAllister (OU) ||def. ||H. Ostrom (TEX) - 2&1 |
|P. Welch (OU) ||TIE ||C. Hammer (TEX) |
|J. Brightwell (OU) ||def. ||C. Bring (TEX) - 4&2 |
|P. Coody (TEX) ||def. ||G. Reband (OU) - 5&3 |