Year in Review: Men's Golf
Sooners may compete in NCAA Regional after third-place finish
The Oklahoma men’s golf team’s regular season had enough ups and downs to fit in at any theme park, and like any good ride, it finished with its biggest thrill.
At times this season, the team showed flashes of brilliance that matched the best in the country. At the Puerto Rico Classic in February, the team played neck-and-neck with then-No. 3 Alabama before settling into a second-place finish in the final round.
From there, the Sooners entered their biggest test of the season at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
The tournament fielded 11 of the top 13 teams in the country, and OU looked to build on its momentum with a strong finish in the toughest tournament of the year. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as planned.
The Sooners fell behind early and kept slipping until the end, finishing 15th out of 15 teams. It was a disappointing showing after the strong start to the year. The rest of the season saw the team bounce all over the place, with second, seventh and ninth-place finishes.
Consistency eluded the Sooners as they continued to shine but often failed to do it in consecutive rounds.
They entered the Big 12 tournament with hopes of a title, and they knew they had the talent to back them up.
After two pedestrian rounds, the Sooners turned on the afterburners on the final day. The team fired an even par in the final round to propel themselves into a third-place finish.
That final round was perhaps the brightest moment of the season.
It was the lowest team score for any round of the tournament, and all five Sooners finished in the top 20. Senior Abraham Ancer, who has been one of the team’s best players, led the team by tying for third place.
The only thing the Sooners can do now is sit and wait to find out if they will get the opportunity to compete in an NCAA Regional on May 16-18. The selection show is at 8 p.m. Monday on NCAA.com.
There are solid arguments for either side, but the Sooners ended the season on a strong note with their play in the Big 12 Championships and have shown more than once this season they are capable of competing with the best in the country. If they are selected for the regional and play at the level they are capable, anything is possible for this team.