Welch, Oklahoma Set to Battle Pepperdine in East Lake Cup Final
In what could be a national championship preview, Rhode Island’s Patrick Welch and his #1 Oklahoma Sooners are set to battle #2 Pepperdine in the East Lake Cup final on Wednesday morning in Atlanta.
“It’s going to be a fun match tomorrow for the title. It’s probably a good bet that this could be the national championship match come next June,” said Oklahoma senior Quade Cummins.
The Sooners advanced to the finals after storming back to beat Texas on Tuesday afternoon. Though Welch lost his match to Cole Hammer.
“I wouldn’t expect that to have gone any differently. It’s OU and Texas,. At the end of the day it’s a race to three points and that’s what it’s going to be like tomorrow against a really talented Pepperdine team. We’re excited to pick up a win today over Texas, and looking forward to competing for a title,” said Oklahoma coach Ryan Hybl.
Due to incoming weather, the championship match begins teeing off around 8:40 a.m.
Welch will tee off at 9 a.m.
Golf Channel will pick up coverage at 11:30 a.m.
The Waves were ranked number one in the country last year and were poised for a deep NCAA run, until Covid hit.
Last year not withstanding, Pepperdine has never advanced to the match play portion of the NCAA Tournament.
However, this year, they might have their best team yet.
In the team’s win over Texas Tech on Tuesday, the Waves were led by junior Derek Hitchner, who won his match 6&4.
They also got wins from junior Joe Highsmith and sophomore Dylan Menante.