The Oklahoma Sooners, ending a string of frustrating finishes in the NCAA Golf Championship, played a solid final round Saturday to easily win their first team title.
Doug Martin shot a 3-under-par 67 in the final round as the Sooners finished the tournament at 1139, 19-over par on the Oak Tree Country Club East Course and 19 shots ahead of runner-up Texas."We felt we had something to prove after leaving Los Angeles last year," said Oklahoma coach Gregg Grost, alluding to his team's three-stroke loss to UCLA. "I think they proved it."
Phil Mickelson of Arizona State won medalist honors, becoming the first freshman since 1982 to do so. Mickelson had rounds of 71 and 74 Saturday to finish at 281, 1-over and four strokes ahead of six players.
The 36-hole final day was necessitated by the washout of the opening round Wednesday.
Since 1984, the Sooners had finished third or better four times, and on three occasions lost by 7 strokes or less. But they hung on Saturday to win by the widest margin since 1975 when Wake Forest beat Oklahoma State by 33.
"This just flat out was a team effort, that's all there is to it," Martin said. "It's great to have five guys come together and play like this."
Oklahoma began the day tied for first with Arizona State. The Sooners then played the opening 18 holes in 283, 3-over par, which left them with an 851 total and a 10-stroke lead heading into the final round.