May 28, 2013
|OU Men's Golf Central
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team sits in sixth place after one round at the 30-team NCAA Championships, which is being played at the 7,320-yard, par-70 Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
The Sooners, who are competing as the No. 23 seed in the tournament, recorded a first-round 278 (-2), the second lowest round posted by the team this season, eight strokes behind leader Arizona State.
“I think one of the biggest goals coming into the national championship, just like last year, was to not shoot ourselves in the foot in the first round,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “Abraham Ancer and Charlie Saxon played well, but I don’t think we played great as a team. I think as a team we had a chance to really take it deep today, and we didn’t, so that’s a little disappointing. Overall, we still shot 2-under, and being in the hunt is really all you can ask for following one round.”
Leading the Sooners is senior Ancer, who fired a season-low 5-under-par 65, good for second place. Ancer, who was named to the Division I PING All-Region Central team on Tuesday, carded six birdies in the first round and is four strokes off the lead.
“I just played really consistent, safe, but still aggressive golf and hit a lot of greens,” Ancer said. “I think I only missed one green all day. I was able to make some putts here and there. Overall, I really hit it well off the tee and in the fairways today.”
Sophomore Saxon shot two birdies and just one bogey en route to a 69 (-1) on Tuesday. Saxon is tied for 20th place.
With scores of 72 (+2), junior Michael Schoolcraft and freshman Beau Titsworth share 66th place. Senior Will Kropp posted a 5-over 75 in the first 18 holes of play.
The tournament field consists of 30 teams and six individuals, all of whom will compete in 54 holes of stroke play over the first three days of the tournament. Following those three rounds of competition, an individual champion will be declared. Individual finishers 2-15 will also be honored. The top eight teams will advance to the championship quarterfinals and compete in a match play tournament.
The second round of the NCAA Championships is slated to begin at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday. Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com.