FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bedlam at Blessings Golf Club almost happened Tuesday afternoon.
While top-ranked Oklahoma State advanced to the NCAA semifinals, Oklahoma was knotted 2-2 in match play with Texas. The deciding match between Garett Reband and Parker Coody came down to the wire before Coody prevailed 1 up and ended the Sooners’ season.
“You’ve got to get three of them (match points) and we were kind of right there where we needed to be to get three and it just didn’t work out,” OU coach Ryan Hybl said. “Texas is a really good squad and they’ve got great players who have done this. Even though they might be a younger-looking team, a lot of their kids have played a lot of match play.”
Starting the round on the back nine, Reband was 1 up through 14 holes but wavered down the stretch, surrendering the Nos. 6 and 8 holes.
“This is such a big-time learning experience for a guy like Reband to keep putting himself in that spot,” Hybl said, “because next year it’s going to be his time again and we’ve got to be ready for that.”
Brad Dalke (3 and 1) and Quade Cummins (2 and 1) secured points in their matches, but Patrick Welch lost to Cole Hammer (7 and 5) and Blaine Hale stumbled against Steven Chervony (4 and 3).
For Dalke and Hale, it was their final outing as Sooners. Their careers included four consecutive finishes among the top eight teams at the NCAA Championships, and they were members of the national-title team in 2017 and Big 12 championship team in 2018.
“Their legacy is so far-reaching, and the foundation they’ve been able to lay for us,” Hybl said. “There’s guys even before them that have laid the foundation for our golf program, but these guys have done a phenomenal job and just continue to build on that foundation.
“They’ve left a big-time mark here. I’m just really proud of them and so thankful for everything they’ve been able to do for us and for our golf program.”
OU, which returns three players from its starting lineup in addition to alternate Logan McAllister, finished in the top three in 10 tournaments this season, including three victories.
“Anytime you get beat here, it always feels like you’re (coming up) short,” Hybl said. “For me as a coach, it’s my job to remind them that we had a pretty dad-gum good year again.
“We didn’t win as much as we did last year, but we competed in every tournament and had somewhat of a chance to win almost every tournament we played in. It’s a good year.”