ENID — Hobart sophomore Brad Dalke would be among the favorites to win medalist honors at any of the four high school golf state tournaments held Tuesday around the state.
Dalke won medalist honors at the Class 2A tournament held at Oakwood Country Club. One of the top junior players in the country, Dalke shot a 1-under par 212 for the tournament despite finishing with a 75 in Tuesday’s final round on the par 71 layout.
“It was important to me to win this. I wanted to win it for the school and get a ring,” Dalke said. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted today but it was still enough.”
Committed to Oklahoma since he was 12 years old, Dalke is ranked the No. 4 player in the nation among all golfers 18 or under.
Dalke recently finished third at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, S.C., one of the premier junior tournaments in the country.
Next, Dalke will play in the Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. The U.S. junior amateur is in mid-July in Houston.
“Lately I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well but my putting needs to get a little better,” Dalke said. “I need to improve my putting. I’m trying to round out my game going into the summer.”
Dalke is playing at Hobart because his father, Bill, took the head football coaching job.
A third-generation Sooner, OU is in his blood. His grandfather, Ken Pryor, played basketball at OU and hit a shot in 1947 that led the Sooners to the NCAA national championship game.
Dalke’s father was a starting linebacker for the 1975 OU national championship team. His mother, Kay, played golf at OU. Bill played at Hobart, where the field is named after his father, Phil.
“I’ve always loved OU,” Dalke said. “Living in Texas for awhile it’s good to be back in Oklahoma among all the OU fans even though there are a few Pokes (golfers) out there. It’s a lot of fun.”
On the junior tour, Dalke plays on top level courses. He said Oakwood Country Club was a quality test, especially in windy, cold conditions.
“This was my first time to play it,” Dalke said. “It’s a great course, perfect for a state tournament. It’s short but it’s a solid course. It’s tight. You can get in trouble if you’re not smart which I did a couple of times.
“The course is in really good shape. The greens can be really tricky, especially today. They had some tough pin placements. It was a really good course for a 2A championship.”