Cowboys, Sooners rally in second round at Big 12 Championship

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TRINITY, Texas – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team opened the first day of action at the Big 12 Championship on Monday with a 36-hole total of 579, 3-over par, to stand alone in third place at Whispering Pines Golf Club. The Oklahoma Sooners clawed back in the afternoon after a slow start and are in fifth place entering today’s third round

The Cowboys opened play with a 7-over 295 to hold seventh place at the par-72, 7,434-yard layout following the first round. OSU fired the low round of the afternoon, a 4-under 284, and was one of just three teams to break par during the second round.

BYU finished the day in first place at 575, while Texas was second at 576.

Individually, BYU’s Peter Kim and CIncinnati’s Ty Gingerich each finished the day at 5-under 139 and two shots clear of the rest of the field.

OSU’s Preston Stout vaulted 24 spots during his second round with a 3-under 69 to move into a tie for fifth place. The freshman posted an opening 74 before mounting his charge during the afternoon. Stout put together a bogey-free first nine that featured a birdie at the second.

He birdied the 11th and 12th to move to 3-under for the round before carding his lone bogey at the 13th. He would bounce back with a birdie at the 17th to move back to 3-under. Stout finished the day at 1-under 143.

Fifth year Rayhan Thomas also made a move during the afternoon, following an opening 73 with an even-par 72 to climb eight spots into a tie for 12th place at 1-over 145.

Senior Bo Jin carded rounds of 74 and 72 to stand at 2-over 146 and tied for 20th place.

Freshman Gaven Lane rebounded from an opening 77 with a 71 to move into a tie for 35th place at 148.

Senior Jonas Baumgartner posted rounds of 74 and 77 to share 49th place at 11.

The Cowboys will begin their third round at 9:30 a.m. (CST) and will be grouped with BYU and Texas. Live scoring for the event is available at golfstat.com.

 Oklahoma rallied in the afternoon wave to make up substantial ground and get back in the mix.

After Monday’s 36-hole day, the Sooners at 6-over trail leaders BYU (1, -1) by seven shots with 36 holes to play. Oklahoma is one of six teams within seven shots of the Cougars. Four different Sooners are tied for 20th at 2-over par.
Oklahoma has won back-to-back Big 12 titles and four overall since the league was formed. In 2022, Oklahoma erased a four-shot deficit over the final four holes to win the title at Whispering Pines.
Head coach Ryan Hybl’s team struggled out of the gates at the 72-hole championship, making the round one turn at 3-over par, placing them in 14th early at the event. A tough back nine pushed the Sooners further away from the lead as OU signed for an 8-over 296 in the first round, 13 shots back of BYU after 18 holes. After the morning session, true freshman Ryder Cowan led the Crimson and Cream contingent at 1-under par and in a tie for 10th.
A hot start to the afternoon wave jump-started the Sooners as Drew Goodman birdied the 10th, OU’s first hole of the second round. A Jase Summy eagle and Ben Lorenz birdie on the 12th pushed the Sooners closer to par as the rest of the field fell off. Oklahoma got within three shots around the turn, but a trio of bogeys down the stretch of the second round pushed Oklahoma to 6-over on the day after carding a 2-under 286 in the afternoon.
The Sooners’ 286 (-2) was the second-lowest round of the afternoon, behind only Oklahoma State’s (3, +3) 284, which moved the Cowboys into contention at the Pines.
Goodman (T19, +2) posted a 5-over 77 in the first round on Monday morning but responded with a 69 (-3) to share 19th heading into the third round.
Jase Summy (T19, +2) had a similar fate at Whispering Pines on Monday, tallying a 76 (+4) in the morning before battling back with a 2-under 70 to match Goodman in 19th.
Joining Goodman and Summy in 19th, Stephen Campbell Jr. fired rounds of 74-72, and Cowan carded 71-75. Cowan led all players with 28 pars, but the highlight of his day came when the freshman holed out for birdie from a bunker just off the ninth green in round one.
Ben Lorenz wrapped up OU’s lineup with a 75 (+3) and 76 (+4) and is 48th.
As a team, Oklahoma led the field with 119 pars, three more than the championship-leading Cougars, but the Sooners finished with just 26 birdies, 11th in the 14-team field.
The Sooners will look to close the gap in Tuesday’s third round when they tee off with Baylor and Houston at 8:40 a.m. CT.
Playing for Kansas State, Tulsan J.P. Roller shot rounds of 72-74 to stand in a tie for 20th,
Tuesday’s third round will be followed by one final round on Wednesday morning, streamed on ESPN+. Live scoring for the remainder of the championship will be carried by Golfstat.
On Wednesday, the team champion will receive the league’s automatic selection into the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. If not selected on a participating team, the conference’s medalist will receive an automatic invitation to NCAA Regionals. The top-10 finishers, including ties, will be named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
The full NCAA field, including selections and regional site locations, will be announced on Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m. on Golf Channel.

 

Team Scores

1. BYU—283-292=575

2. Texas—285-291=576

3. Oklahoma State—295-284=579

4. Baylor—288-293=581

T5. Oklahoma—296-286=582

T5.Houston—287-295=582

7. Texas Tech—298-289=587

T8. Kansas State—293-295=588

T8. Kansas—298-290=588

T8. West Virginia—297-291=588

11. Iowa State—299-291=590

12. Cincinnati—285-306=591

13. UCF—311-287=598

13. TCU—308-304=612


 

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