SOONERS OPEN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH STRONG ROUND
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are in a tie for fourth after round one at the NCAA Championship. Both teams posted rounds of even-par 280.
Bo Jin shot a 3-under 67 and is tied for second to lead the Cowboys. Brian Stark and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra each shot 70 and Aman Gupta 73. Austin Eckroat got off to a shaky start but finished strong with a 74.
Jonathan Brightwell led OU with a 68, followed by Quade Cummins with a 69. Ben Lorenz shot 71 and Logan McAllister 72.
Both teams are eight shots clear of 15th place, which the field will be cut to after Sunday’s third round, and six shots in front of eighth as eight teams advance to match play following Monday’s round.
“We did what we needed to do to get out to a good start today,” 12th-year head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We got two really big rounds from a couple of our vets in Quade (Cummins) and Jonathan (Brightwell) that helped even things out. I think today showed that getting under-par is out there for our guys and we’ll have to play well again tomorrow.”
The NCAA Men’s Golf Championship consist of three days of stroke play on Friday thru Sunday (54 holes) with the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team moving on. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play and the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by match play. The Golf Channel will broadcast the individual championship round on Monday, and the match-play rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday.