Patrick Welch’s Collegiate Career Comes to an End
The collegiate career of Patrick Welch came to an end on Sunday as the Oklahoma Sooners were eliminated from the College Golf National Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona.
The Sooners finished at 27-over par as a team to miss the top 15 cut by one shot on Sunday.
“We didn’t play our best this week, and we know that. But I’m so proud of these guys for what they did all season. They won a championship for this program and helped to set us up for the future. Although we didn’t do what we wanted to do out here, the journey from where we started was worth it,” said head coach Ryan Hybl.
For Welch, he finished in a tie for 135th overall after rounds of 74, 80 and 73 this weekend.
It never seemed like the Classical grad could get comfortable this weekend as he made three doubles, a triple and a quad on the weekend.
Welch’s Career & What’s Next
Despite the final couple of rounds, Welch will go down as one of the best Oklahoma Sooner golfers of all time.
His Sunday round at the NCAA Championship was the 109th counting round of his career. The ranks 10th all time at OU with John Kidwell.
Welch leaves Oklahoma inside the school’s all-time top 10 in career scoring, rounds played, finish percentage, counting scores, birdies and eagles, as well as, holding the school record for rounds of par or better.
He won the East Lake Cup two years ago and the Southern Highlands Collegiate last year.
Through his performance, he has already played in two PGA Tour events, and made the cut in one of them.
As far as what is next, Welch is projected to finish inside the top ten on PGA Tour University, meaning he will earn conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour and a fully exempt PGA Tour Canada membership.
It is unclear if Welch will make one more run through the Amateur circuit, or turn pro right away.