Welch, #1 Oklahoma Set for East Lake Cup

Providence native Patrick Welch and his #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners is set to start the East Lake Cup on Monday at Bobby Jones’ East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. 

For Welch, this will be his East Lake debut. 

Patrick Welch PHOTO: Oklahoma Athletics

Now a junior, Welch possesses the second-lowest scoring average versus par in Oklahoma history, and has proven to be a steady force in the Sooners lineup throughout his career. 

More stats on Welch are as follows: 

Second-lowest career scoring avg. versus par in Oklahoma history (-0.13) … 8-2 all-time in collegiate match play events … Ranked No. 24 in Golfweek/Sagarin … Has T19 and T21 finishes this season … Finished ninth at 2020 Southern Amateur Championship … 2018-19 honorable mention All-American.

East Lake Cup 

The East Lake Cup was founded in 2015 to provide the nation’s top teams with an avenue to compete in an NCAA-style event. 

It is the biggest tournament of college golf’s fall season.

The Cup features the top four teams on both the men’s and women’s side, as teams play 18 holes of stroke play, followed by a semifinal and final of match play on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The loaded field consists of the Sooners, #2 Pepperdine, #3 Texas and #6 Texas Tech. 

“Whenever you get to a place like East Lake your goal and expectation is to win. Our goal is to win in stroke play on Monday and then get ready to go for match play. We’ll get to where we need to be, because these guys are a veteran group with a lot of experience, and they came here to win,” said Oklahoma coach Ryan Hybl. 

 Live coverage will be broadcast daily from 2-5 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel.

Sooners Lineup: 

Quade Cummins, Redshirt Senior: Leads OU with 23 top-20 and 16 top-10 finishes in OU career … 2019 and 2020 PING All-American and 2019 Palmer Cup selection … Named to 2020 Haskins Watch List … Ranked No. 9 in PGA Tour U and No. 2 in Golfweek/Sagarin … Owns three of the top-15 season scoring averages vs. par in school history … Program-record 193 (-20) at 2019 Ka’anapali Classic … Career stroke average of 71.33 is third best in OU history.

Logan McAllister, Junior: Has finished inside the top 20 at his last four events, notching a pair of wins … Went 5-0 at Big 12 Match Play in early October … Big 12 Golfer of the Month in September … Ranked No. 4 in latest Golfweek/Sagarin ranking.

Jonathan Brightwell, Redshirt Senior: Transferred from UNC-Greensboro at end of 2019-20 season … Finished T6 in OU debut at Colonial and T13 at Maridoe … 4-1 record at Big 12 Match Play … Three collegiate wins in career … 2020 PING Second Team All-American … No. 7 in Golfweek/Sagarin ranking and No. 13 in Golfstat.

Patrick Welch, Junior: Second-lowest career scoring avg. versus par in Oklahoma history (-0.13) … 8-2 all-time in collegiate match play events … Ranked No. 24 in Golfweek/Sagarin … Has T19 and T21 finishes this season … Finished ninth at 2020 Southern Amateur Championship … 2018-19 honorable mention All-American.

Garett Reband, Redshirt Senior: Making 2020 debut in stroke play … Competed at the Big 12 Match Play championship, going 1-3 … 2019 and 2020 PING All-American … Named to 2020 Haskins Watch List … Owns lowest scoring avg. vs. par in Oklahoma history (-0.15) … Trail only Cummins with 62 rounds of par or better in career … Has not finished over-par at an event since the 2019 NCAA Championships.

East Lake 

East Lake Golf Club PHOTO: Wikipedia

The par-72 East Lake Golf Club is a staple in the golf world, hosting the PGA Tour Championship every year since 2004, in addition to the 1963 Ryder Cup and 2001 U.S. Amateur.

Hybl adds, “It’s one of those golf courses that is such a traditional and classic golf course. Pars still do a really good job out here, and you’ve got to hit the ball in the fairway off the tee box. You have to keep the ball above the hole. Stuff that you would normally see at classic courses is certainly what you have to do here at East Lake.”

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