Oklahoma golf: Four Sooners to compete in U.S. Amateur

Four members of the Oklahoma golf team are teeing it up this week on the Northern California Monterey Peninsula as participants in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship.

Senior Brad Dalke leads the Sooner foursome competing in the week-long amateur championship being contested at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

The OU golfers are among 312 amateur golfers who qualified for the annual event that on Sunday will crown the top amateur golfer in the country.

This will be Dalke’s ninth appearance in the U.S. Amateur. The 22-year-old finished as runner-up in 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Sooner senior is projected by Golfweek Digest as one of 10 players to watch in this year’s amateur championship.

Joining Dalke in Northern California this week from the OU golf squad are redshirt junior Quade Cummins, junior Garrett Reband and incoming freshman Patrick Welch. Dalke automatically qualified for this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship because of his No. 32 position in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Cummins finished in second place in his qualifier in Midland, Texas, and Reband and Welch grabbed third place in their respective qualifying tournaments to earn a place in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Two rounds of stroke play will take place at both Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill, with the players alternating courses on the first two days of the championship. The field will then ben cut down to the top 64 golfers after 36 holes of stroke play. Those golfers will move on to match play pairings, which will be held at Pebble Beach.

Oklahoma won the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and was a quarterfinalist in this year’s NCAA Championship.