Welch, Oklahoma Lose to Pepperdine in East Lake Cup Final

Patrick Welch and the #1 University of Oklahoma golf team fell to #2 Pepperdine 3-1 in the East Lake Cup championship on Wednesday afternoon at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. 

Welch lost his match 5&4 to Joe Highsmith, while Pepperdine’s other points came from Derek Hitchner and Dylan Menante. 

This was Pepperdine’s first East Lake Cup appearance.

Welch’s Match 

For the second straight day, Welch had a rough go of it in match play. 

After halving the first two holes, Highsmith won the third hole with a three to go one-up. 

He would remain one-up until the sixth hole when Welch made a six an he knocked it in for a five to go two up. 

Highsmith would make the turn at three up after winning the eighth hole. 

Welch would get one back on ten, when he tapped in for a four, while Highsmith made five, however, that is as close as he would get. 

Highsmith would win the next three holes to go five up, and then close the match out on 15. 

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