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Sooner Magic Strikes, OU Golf Wins Big 12 Title

TRINITY, Texas — For the 18th time in school history, the Oklahoma men’s golf team is the champion of the Big 12 Conference. In a rollercoaster of a final round, the top-ranked Sooners erased a four-shot deficit over the last four holes to knock off three other top-10 teams and win the conference crown.

Late birdies down the stretch from Logan McAllister and freshman Drew Goodman proved pivotal as the Sooners (-14, 850) played the last four holes 3-over, but the Longhorns finished their final four holes 8-over and No. 2 Oklahoma State closed 2-over to deliver the title to Oklahoma.

“Today was absolutely an emotional roller coaster,” head coach Ryan Hyble said after the win. “We had the best start we could ever ask for which allowed us to get out in front. All of our guys did an amazing job this week and gave us a chance today and we seized the moment. We talked last night about how we had earned each other’s trust throughout the year, so there was nothing to worry about since we knew each of us trusted and believed in each other. Today, we did that and more.”

A trio of Sooners earned All-Tournament Team honors by finishing inside the top 10. Chris Gotterupthe redshirt senior transfer from Rutgers, finished as the Big 12 runner-up, while Logan McAllister finished sixth and patrick welch grabbed a share of ninth. Goodman finished in a tie for 11th, while Stephen Campbell Jr. posted a top-20 finish by finishing 18th. The Sooners’ three golfers inside the top 10 were tied with Oklahoma State for the most in the field.

OU entered Wednesday’s final round one shot behind the Longhorns but quickly closed the gap by tallying six birdies on its first three holes. The Sooners played the front at 9-under par and grew the lead to seven shots, climbing to 20-under for the tournament at the turn. But the Longhorns caught fire as teams played the back nine, playing Nos. 10 thru 14 a near-perfect 9-under to take a four-stroke lead over Hybl’s team. But Texas wouldn’t sink a single birdie after the 14th hole, and Oklahoma used birdies from Gotterup, McAllister and Goodman, paired with some Texas mistakes to close the gap.

Gotterup (-6, 210) finished alone in second place, two shots off medalist Ludvig Aberg. The Little Silver, NJ, product signed for a 68-72-70 on the week and opened his final round with three consecutive birdies to help OU take the lead. I added another birdie on the 14th that sparked the Sooners’ championship-winning run.

McAllister (-3, 213) posted the OU low round of the day, firing a 69 (-3) to move from 13th into the top-10 to earn All-Tournament honors for the first time of his career. His six birdies on the day led Oklahoma and his final birdie on the 18th put the Crimson and Cream in the lead once and for all.

Welch (-2, 214) was the catalyst on Wednesday for Oklahoma’s quick start. The senior, who was first off the tee for the team, opened his day with five birdies in his first seven holes, launching him up the leaderboard into fourth at one point. He sunk seven consecutive pars before a pair of late bogeys dropped him into a tie for ninth where he earned his first All-Tournament Team honor. The Aliso Viejo, Calif., product downed a critical 30-footer for par on the 18th to keep things tied at the top down the stretch.

In the first postseason action of his career, Goodman (-1,215) was the final Sooner in the red for the week. The true freshman was tied for fifth entering the day and rose to only second after starting his day with four birdies and nine pars. A tough close for the week dropped him just outside of the top 10, but his final birdie on No. 17 moved the Sooners back into a tie for first.

Campbell Jr. (+4, 220) was in the hunt after 36 holes, sitting in fifth before teeing off Wednesday. A 6-over 78 in the final round moved him down into 18th, but the redshirt freshman still posted his fourth top-20 finish of the year.

It’s Oklahoma first conference championship since 2018 and the second of the Ryan Hyble it was. The win marks OU’s sixth of the season, which is the second-most in program history when including regular season and postseason wins. The 1989 national championship team won seven total events.

With the win, the Sooners earn the Big 12’s automatic bid into NCAA Regionals. The 2022 regional appearance will be the program’s 11th consecutive and 49th all-time. Selections for regional locations and opponents will be announced during the NCAA Selection Show at 3 pm on May 4.

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