EUGENE, Ore. – After posting a 289 during its second round, Oklahoma Stateâ€™s menâ€™s golf team dipped into 14th place at the NCAA Championship on Saturday at Eugene Country Club.
The Cowboys began the day in sixth place before their 9-over round gave them a 36-hole total of 574. However, OSU finds itself just 11 shots out of first place, which is held by Vanderbilt at 3-over 563, and one shot behind Louisville and Florida for 12th place.
Southern Californiaâ€™s Justin Suh followed an opening 68 with a 67 to stand at 5-under 135 and a shot clear of Robby Shelton of Alabama for the individual lead.
A pair of Cowboys finished the day tied for 35th place at 142 to lead the OSU starting five.
Sophomore Kristoffer Ventura carded the squadâ€™s low round of the event, an ever-par 70, to get to his 2-over total. Starting his day on the back nine, he opened with five consecutive pars before posting a birdie at the par-5 15th. Ventura made the turn at 1-over 35 after posting a double bogey at the 18th. After moving back to even par with a birdie at the fourth, he closed out his round with five consecutive pars.
Joining Ventura at 142 was sophomore Stratton Nolen, who turned in his second consecutive 71.
Sophomore Sam Stevens posted his second consecutive 72 to stand in a tie for 53rd place at 144.
Senior Jordan Niebrugge and sophomore Brendon Jelley each followed opening 71s with 76s during their second rounds to come in tied for 93rd place at 147.
The Cowboys will begin their their third round tomorrow at 10:50 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with Florida and Kentucky. The 30-team field will be cut to 15 after 54 holes for Mondayâ€™s fourth round.
The No. 18 seed Oklahoma menâ€™s golf team holds a share of 20th place through 36 holes.
The Sooners shot a 288 (+8) on Saturday against the 30-team field, bringing their two-round total to 578 (+18), and are tied with No. 14 seed Wake Forest.
â€œIt was very similar to yesterday in that we had a chance today but just never capitalized,â€ OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. â€œMax McGreevy played a solid round today, and we need everyone to be their best tomorrow.â€
The Sooners are making their sixth consecutive appearance in the tournament and join just Georgia, Illinois, Texas and USC as the only programs to reach the national tournament for six straight years.
Junior Max McGreevy paces the Sooners, holding a share of 24th place with a two-round 141 (+1). The Edmond, Okla., product fired a 70 (E) in the second round, pocketing three birdies on the front nine and shooting every hole at par on the back nine.
Freshman Brad Dalke is tied for 53rd place with an overall 144 (+4). After struggling on the front nine, Dalke bounced back to shoot a bogey-free back nine and collect two birdies, bringing his second round total to 73 (+3).
Senior Luke Kwon has a share of 81st place at 146. Despite carding two birdies and an eagle, Kwon could not overcome several bogeys and totaled a 73 for the second consecutive round.
Blaine Hale showed improvement on Saturday, posting four birdies en route to a 72. The freshman holds a piece of 119th place with an overall 150.
After shooting 1 under par on the front nine, sophomore Grant Hirschman struggled on the back nine and finished the round with a 76 (+6). He now holds 125th place with an overall 151.
The Sooners will tee off for the third round of the NCAA Championships Sunday at 2 p.m. CT and will be paired with Wake Forest and No. 22 seed San Diego State. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com.