After two rounds at the 30-team NCAA Championships, the 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team sits in 10th place following its second-round 284 (+4) on Wednesday in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament is being played at the 7,320-yard, par-70 Capital City Club Crabapple Course.
Oklahoma State fell from seventh to 25th place after a second-round 293. The Cowboys are 12 shots out of the final qualifying spot for match play.
The Sooners, who are competing as the No. 23 seed in the tournament, sit at 2 over par through the first 36 holes of competition. In order to advance to match play, OU must finish in the top eight after Thursday’s third round. Currently, the Sooners are two strokes out of the final qualifying spot.
"Overall, we didn’t do terrible," OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. "We’ve got a chance tomorrow, and that’s really all we can ask for. I hate that we gave up a lot of shots coming down the stretch. We pieced a decent round together, and we’ve got a chance tomorrow."
Freshman Beau Titsworth carried OU on Wednesday, firing a career-low 66 (-4) to bring his two-round total to 138 (-2). He recorded five birdies on the day and is tied for 24th place out of 156 competitors.
After shooting a 1-under-par 69 on Wednesday, Michael Schoolcraft shares 42nd place. The junior registered five birdies and is 1 over for the tournament.
With a two-round 142 (+2), senior Abraham Ancer is tied for 58th place. Sophomore Charlie Saxon shot a second-round 74 (+4) and sits at 3 over par. Senior Will Kropp posted a 5-over 75 on Wednesday, matching his first-round score.
Hybl said that in Thursday’s round, the team will feature the same players and will stick to the same routines it has had all year.
"This is why we play all over the country," Hybl said. "This is why we play in great tournaments, so we understand the competition that we play against. This is going to be just a normal day for us tomorrow, but there’s a lot of pressure on these guys, too. They’re going to come out here and have a great time because I think great players show up for big moments, and I hope our guys do tomorrow."
The Cowboys’ 13-over score gave them a 36-hole total of 572, putting them a shot behind Texas Tech and Auburn at the par-70, 7,319-yard layout.
Ian Davis led the way for OSU’s starting five with an even-par 70. The junior finished the day tied for 16th place at 3-under 137.
Junior Talor Gooch posted a 76 to dip into a tie for 72nd place at 143, while freshman Jordan Niebrugge’s 74 gave him a 145 total and tied him for 97th place.
Junior Kevin Dougherty carded his second consecutive 74 to stand in a tie for 133rd place at 148.
Sophomore Patrick Winther posted a 75 and is tied for 152nd place at 153.
The Cowboys will begin the final round of stroke play tomorrow at 7:50 a.m. (EST) and will be grouped with Florida and Kent State. Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com.