SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Oregon and Oklahoma will play for the NCAA men’s golf title, two teams that at times had every reason to think they wouldn’t be there.
The Sooners trailed in all five of their matches through 10 holes of their quarterfinal match against Baylor on Tuesday morning at Rich Harvest Farms until they rallied, with Brad Dalke finishing off the Bears with a par on the 19th hole.
The Ducks were outside the top eight teams trying to qualify Monday for match play when Ryan Gronlund closed with four straight birdies that allowed Oregon to advance. The Ducks took it from there, beating Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals and riding the clutch play of Sulman Raza in the afternoon.
In the fifth and decisive match against top-seeded Vanderbilt, Raza protected his 1-up lead on the par-5 18th hole with a 6-iron onto the back of the green. Matthias Schwab, the Commodores’ top player, went left of the green, chipped well past the hole and made par, and he conceded to Raza.
That gives the Ducks a chance to join Alabama and Augusta State as the only back-to-back winners since the match-play…