NORMAN – The Oklahoma men's golf team will enter the spring season ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Golf Channel, both organizations announced on Friday.
The Sooners received 440 points and five first-place votes and sit behind only Pepperdine in the opening GCAA poll, which is voted on by a committee of collegiate coaches. The Sooners were then named the No. 2 team in the country by Golf Channel, and the top-ranked team by Golfweek's Sagarin rankings.
OU took home the team title at the Colonial Big 12 Preview to open last fall and followed that performance with back-to-back third-place finishes and a runner-up finish at the East Lake Cup. The Sooners have finished inside the top-five at 17 of their last 18 events, marking the most dominant stretch in program history.
Head coach Ryan Hybl's team is anchored by the All-American trio of Jonathan Brightwell, Quade Cummins and Garett Reband. The three redshirt seniors all represented the United States at the 2020 Palmer Cup and will try to deliver OU its third national championship and second under Hybl.
Cummins is on track to leave Oklahoma as one of the most decorated golfers in Sooner history. The two-time All-American is ranked No. 6 in the latest PGA Tour U rankings after finishing inside the top 20 at every event since his junior season. The redshirt senior owns the school record for lowest career scoring average (71.28) and his 71 par-or-better rounds are second all-time only to Grant Hirschman.
Reband has been a staple in the Oklahoma lineup since he arrived in Norman in 2016. His 95 collegiate rounds are the third-most on the team behind only his fellow Palmer Cup teammates. His 2019-20 campaign produced the lowest single-season scoring average in Oklahoma history of 69.39, and his career average vs. par of -0.13 is a school record. The All-American is ranked seventh in the PGA Tour U rankings, sitting just two spots outside of the Korn Ferry Tour's automatic status.
After four years at UNC-Greensboro, Brightwell transferred to Norman, where the Charlotte, N.C., product set nearly every school record en route to second-team All-America honors last season. The Haskins Watch List honoree notched three top-15 finishes for Hybl's team this fall and is ranked inside the top 30 of the PGA Tour U rankings, giving the Sooners the title of the only school with three top-30 PGA Tour U players.
Juniors Logan McAllister and Patrick Welch have proven valuable to the Sooners' lineup in addition to the redshirt seniors, as both took home medalist honors at different events in the fall. Four of the five are ranked inside the top 10 of the Sagarin rankings, with Reband sitting unranked after missing time in the fall season.
The Golf Channel picked the Sooners to win the Big 12 Championship, which is set for April 26-28 at Prairie Dunes CC in Hutchinson, Kan. Oklahoma will open its spring slate at The All-American on Feb. 14-16 at Houston.
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