Blaine Hale. Photo by Tim Cowie.

Lake Highlands High 2015 grad Blaine Hale will play golf for his Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA Division 1 national championship today. The match, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.

Hale tees off at 3:10 p.m., with his four teammates following soon after. The Sooners face the Oregon Ducks, defending champs.

When Hale signed his letter of intent to play at OU, Wildcat then-coach Chris Cole was effusive in his praise.

“He’s phenomenal to watch,” said Cole. “He’s one of the greatest players I’ve seen.”

Lance Patterson, Director of Golf at Dallas Athletic Club, agreed.

“When he was younger, he had a great short game but he wasn’t very big. Then all of a sudden he grew, and he hit the ball ten thousand miles and he started beating the heck out of people.”