FORT WORTH– The No. 2 Oklahoma men’s golf team owns a four-stroke lead over No. 4 Texas after 36 holes in the Big 12 Preview at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, Texas. The 54-hole event features the entire Big 12 and will determine the seeding for the Big 12 Match Play Championship later in the week.
The Sooners (-3) carded a 7-under, 273 in the afternoon round after finishing the morning round at 4-over. Oklahoma, led by five Sooners inside the top 10, is the only team under par heading into Tuesday’s final round, thanks in part to senior Quade Cummins’ 4-under 66.
Oklahoma State had a disastrous second round 302 after a 284 in the morning round and are in eighth place.
Oklahoma used a fury of birdies early in the second round to erase the Longhorns’ lead as the Sooner golfers sunk six birdies on the first four holes of the afternoon round. Head coach Ryan Hybl’s team wouldn’t surrender the lead for the rest of the day.
“It was just really good to be able to get out and compete,” Hybl said after the round. “Colonial is such a tough golf course and you have to be patient, so I was really proud of the guys today. We had the good vibes going. I thought Quade played really well when I was with him in the afternoon. He’s one of the best players in the nation, and this is what he came back to OU for, to help us win championships.”
Cummins’ 66 was the low round of the day and moved him into a tie atop the leaderboard. The All-American sunk five birdies in the second round after firing a 3-over, 73 in the morning. Cummins is searching for his first collegiate victory and 25th career top-10 finish.
“I thought my rounds today were very similar. I hit it well for the most part, I just had more putts falling in that second round,” Cummins said. “My group got into a groove and playing with teammates was fun, and it gave us an easy way to feed off each other’s energy, which is different from most tournaments.”
Patrick Welch used a field-high eight birdies to shoot even-par in both rounds and move into a tie for fifth. Joining Welch in fifth is Tucker Allen, who made his Oklahoma debut on Monday, firing rounds of 72 and 68 to sit at par after 36 holes.
All-American transfer Jonathan Brightwell made his OU debut on Monday too, and sits in a tie for ninth after carding 70-71 to sit at 1-over. The Charlotte, N.C., product held the early lead after sinking birdies on the first two holes of the tournament. He’s tied with Logan McAllister who shot a 69 in the afternoon to move back to 1-over after scoring a 71 in the opening round.
Thomas Johnson (+6) rounded out the Sooners’ six-man lineup and is tied for 27th.
As the Sooners head into Tuesday’s final round, Oklahoma holds a four-stroke lead over Texas (+1) followed by Kansas (+10), as well as Kansas State and Texas Tech who are tied for fourth at 13-over. Cummins is locked in a tie atop the leaderboard with three others, with four more one shot off his lead. Kansas’ Harry Hillier, Texas’ Travis Vick and Texas Tech’s Sandy Scott all share the individual lead with Cummins.
“My expectations going into tomorrow are the same as the rest of the guys on the team – if we do our job then we’ll win,” Cummins said.
The first Sooner group will tee off at 9:24 a.m. CT on Tuesday morning for the event’s final round. The final round will be scored live on Golfstat.
Oklahoma State shot a 26-over total of 586 to stand in eighth place. The Cowboys opened play with a 284 during their morning round before posting a 302 during the afternoon’s action.
Making his Cowboy debut was sophomore transfer Eugenio Chacarra, who posted rounds of 71 and 74 to come in tied for 22nd place at 145.
Joining his teammate at 145, was freshman Brian Stark, who posted rounds of 69 and 76 on the day.
Sophomore Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen carded scores of 72 and 78 to finish at 150 and tied for 41st place, while junior Austin Eckroat finished in a tie for 44th place at 151 after signing for scores of 72 and 79.
The Cowboys will begin their final round tomorrow morning before heading to Houston to continue their Texas swing at the Big 12 Match Play Tournament.