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OU’s Brad Dalke is Jawing About Karsten Creek, and Austin Eckroat Has Questions



Oklahoma and Oklahoma State seemed destined for a Bedlam-themed finale at the NCAA Championship last week following the four-episode documentary series on Golf Channel which features both squads talking about the title. When they got put on the same side of the match play bracket after stroke play, that dream ended, but a Bedlam throwdown to go to the championship match was still very much alive.

OU lost to Auburn, though, and then Oklahoma State took care of the Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide consecutively for title No. 11.

As the week wrapped, there was a bit of chatter about whether a championship on a team’s home golf course was in fact fair. This is a legitimate query, one on par with, say, hosting the College Football Playoff in Tuscaloosa or the NCAA Tournament in Allen Fieldhouse. Brandt Snedeker, who shot an 80 at Karsten in the 2003 NCAAs led the rallying cry.

I’m fine with all of this. It’s a legit talking point and one that should be discussed into the future. There are certainly built-in advantages, though, to college golf when it has the NCAAs at Karsten (which it has done three times). The narratives are pretty easy — either the Golf Channel gets what they got, a lit-up OSU crowd chasing its team to title No. 11 or it gets a massive upset from somewhere else. Both are great stories, both make for riveting television.

Anyway, what I don’t need is what happened next. Brad Dalke of OU, who shot a 1-under 287 on the week and finished T11 in the individual portion of the tournament, chimed in wondering when OU was going to host the NCAAs.

Then he just kept getting ratio-ed.

Then Cowboy freshman Austin Eckroat ended him.

Dalke’s score at regionals, where OU won by one over BYU on OU’s home course, was a team-worst 228 that included a 75 in Round 1 and an 81 in Round 3. Not good!

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So while the “let’s not play for NCAA titles on the home courses of teams who are also contending” is a valid concern, I’m not sure Dalke is the one who needs to be pumping it.

Also this … this is awesome.

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