NORMAN — Oklahoma returns to the course this week at the fifth annual Big 12 Match Play Championship, the Big 12 conference’s fall golf tournament that preps teams for NCAA match play. Matches begin on Monday morning at the three-day event that culminates with the final on Wednesday afternoon. The event will consist of three days of play at the par-71, 7,007-yard Golf Club at Houston Oaks, guaranteeing each team five matches throughout the week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning will feature five sessions of pool play to determine the teams for Wednesday afternoon’s championship match, which will be determined based on points earned. Each team match will be comprised of six individual matches. The fourth annual event, hosted by the Big 12 Conference as a fall championship, is the first of its kind in an effort to prepare teams for the NCAA Championship, which moved to a match-play format in 2009.The field features every Big 12 team and was seeded according to the Big 12 Coaches Ranking, seeding Oklahoma No. 2.Each of the Sooners’ five matches will be decided by six individual matches. The conference is divided into two 5-team pools, competing against each other over the first four sessions. Teams will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. Teams will then be ranked 1-5 within their pool based on the number of points accrued.
THE FIELD (GOLFWEEK RANKING)
5. Texas Tech
17. Kansas State
20. Oklahoma State
73. Iowa State
127. West Virginia
Jake Holbrook, R-Jr., Granbury, Texas – Fourth straight appearance for the Sooners … Finished T19 at Frederica Cup to open season and then tied career-best with T9 at Inverness … Played in three tournaments in 2019-20 … Finished T9 at 2020 Puerto Rico Classic after a career-low 69 in the opening round … Played unattached at 2022 Indy Collegiate tournament and finished T12 … 2022 U.S. Amateur Match Play qualifier … 2021 Oklahoma Stroke Play champion … Runner-up at the GCAA Amateur Series event at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in 2020. Jase Summy, Fr., Keller, Texas – Oklahoma’s top finisher at two of team’s three touranments this year … Finished T12 at Inverness to mark two consecutive top-15 finishes to start college career … Made collegiate debut at Frederica Cup where he set the OU freshman record by firing a 201 (-15) to finish T4 … Two-time Rolex junior All-American … Member of 2020 and 2022 Wyndham Cup teams … Posted eight top-five finishes at AJGA events … 2021 Jordan Spieth Under Armour Champion … Runner-up at the 2021 Junior Byron Nelson Championship, finished 5th in 2022 … Two-time TAPPS 5A state runner-up and finished third in 2022. Stephen Campbell Jr., R-So., Richmond, Texas – Played in every event this season for the Sooners … T20 at Inverness … Opened 2022-23 with a T15 finish after posting a career-best 207 (-9) … Played in 11 events for OU in first season in lineup last year … Posted season-best finish of T5 at the East Lake Cup … Five rounds in the 60s … Won 2019 TAPPS 5A State Championship and set state scoring record (131) … Represented Team USA at the 2019 Junior President’s Cup … Finished in top 10 at the 2020 Dustin Johnson Junior World Championship.Hudson Weibel, R-Fr., Dallas, Texas – Making collegiate debut … Totaled 10 wins as a prep athlete at Highland Park High School … Grabbed 19 top-three finishes as a junior golfer … Led Highland Park to the 5A UIL championship … Two-time First Team All-State selection … Won the 2020 Lanny Wadkins Cup … Home clubs are Dallas Country Club and Maridoe Golf Club.Drew Goodman, So., Norman, Okla. – 2022 All-America honorable mention … 2022 National All-Freshman team selection … Finished T4 at season-opening Frederica Cup behind career-low 201 (-15) … Broke Oklahoma freshman scoring record in 2022, firing a 71.29 (-0.23) average … Finished last season as the No. 3 freshman in the country … Played in all 13 events for the Sooners last season … Posted 10 top-20 finishes with four top 10s in career … 11 rounds in the 60s as a freshman … Two-time AJGA All-American … Medalist at 2018 Under Armour Jordan Spieth Championship.Patrick Welch, R-Sr., Aliso Viejo, Calif. – Three-time All-American (2019, 2021, 2022) … Shot 59 with an ace on No. 15 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on Sept. 22, 2022 … 2022 Big 12 All-Tournament Team … Ranked No. 11 in PGA TOUR U ranking … Two career wins, including one at Southern Highlands in 2022 … Owns school record for low round of 62 (-10) at Puerto Rico Classic … Career average of 71.58 is fourth lowest in program history … Swings crosshanded … Won the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt championship at Augusta … Ranked 7th in PGA TOUR U rankings.Jaxon Dowell, R-So., Edmond, Okla. – Second appearance of season (T19, Frederica) … Played in five events for the Sooners last season … Made collegiate debut at the Colonial Collegiate where he finished tied for 7th … Went 3-1-1 at Big Match Play … Went 2-0 in East Lake Cup matches, including semifinal win over Eugenio Chacarra-Lopez … No. 8 golfer in the country in 2020 recruiting class … Grabbed fourth at the Oklahoma Stroke Play Championship (June 2021) … Third place at the Silver State Amateur (June 2021) … Finished third at the 2020 Oklahoma State Amateur … Won the 2019 Oklahoma Junior Boys Championship.
The Sooners seek their first win at the Big 12 Match Play Championship, following back-to-back third-place finishes in 2020 and 2021.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.