Sooners shoot 20 under, sit third in NIT in Tucson

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After two rounds, the No. 3 Oklahoma men’s golf team is in third place at the National Invitational Tournament. The two-day, 54-hole event is taking place at the par-72, 7,200-yard Catalina Course at the OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz.

The Sooners shot 280 (-8) during Monday morning’s first round before posting a 276 (-12) in the afternoon to finish with a 36-hole total of 556 (-20). OU’s second-round 276 marked its third-lowest round of the season.

No. 4 Arizona State holds a six-stroke lead after finishing with a two-round 543 (-33). No. 5 USC is in second place at 549 (-27). UNLV holds fourth place with a 557 (-19), followed by New Mexico in fifth at 558 (-18).

Juniors Quade Cummins and Garett Reband paced the Sooners on Monday, sharing 10th place with a 36-hole 138 (-6). Cummins recorded a 70 (-2) Monday morning, before carding a 68 (-4) in the second round. Starting his second round on hole No. 10, Cummins birdied the final four holes on the back nine to move into the top-10 on the individual leaderboard.

Reband posted a 68 (-4) in the first round, marking his fourth round in the 60s this season. In the afternoon session, the Fort Worth, Texas, native carded a 70 (-2) and picked up five birdies.

Freshman Patrick Welch sits in a tie for 15th place after two rounds. Welch fired a 69 (-3) during the morning round and followed up with a 71 (-1) during Monday afternoon’s 18 holes. The freshman logged 11 birdies during the two rounds.

Junior Riley Casey opened the day with a 73 (+1), but rallied with a 68 (-4) during the second round. Casey finished with an eagle and five birdies during the second round and holds a share of 20th place heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.

Rounding out the OU lineup is redshirt junior Thomas Johnson, who is tied for 46th place with an overall 145 (+1). Johnson shot a 75 (+3) and a 70 (-2) on the day.

The final round of the N.I.T. will begin at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday.

Seniors Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale are playing individually among 21 competitors at the Sonoran Showdown. The two-day, 54-hole event is taking place at the par-72, 7,200-yard Sonoran Course at the OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz.

Dalke fired a season-low 65 (-5) during the first round and followed up with a 68 (-2) during the afternoon session. He sits in fourth place with a two-round 133 (-7), two shots back of the individual lead held by Arizona State’s Cameron Sisk at 131 (-9).

Hale posted a 36-hole 142 (+2) during Monday’s action and is in 10th place after two rounds. He carded a 72 (+2) in the first round and followed up with an even-par 70 to close out the day.

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