May 29, 2013
|OU Men's Golf Central
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NORMAN, Okla. -- After two rounds at the 30-team NCAA Championships, the 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team sits in 10th place following its second-round 284 (+4) on Wednesday in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament is being played at the 7,320-yard, par-70 Capital City Club Crabapple Course.
The Sooners, who are competing as the No. 23 seed in the tournament, sit at 2 over par through the first 36 holes of competition. In order to advance to match play, OU must finish in the top eight after Thursday’s third round. Currently, the Sooners are two strokes out of the final qualifying spot.
“Overall, we didn’t do terrible,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “We’ve got a chance tomorrow, and that’s really all we can ask for. I hate that we gave up a lot of shots coming down the stretch. We pieced a decent round together, and we’ve got a chance tomorrow.”
Freshman Beau Titsworth carried OU on Wednesday, firing a career-low 66 (-4) to bring his two-round total to 138 (-2). He recorded five birdies on the day and is tied for 24th place out of 156 competitors.
After shooting a 1-under-par 69 on Wednesday, Michael Schoolcraft shares 42nd place. The junior registered five birdies and is 1 over for the tournament.
With a two-round 142 (+2), senior Abraham Ancer is tied for 58th place. Sophomore Charlie Saxon shot a second-round 74 (+4) and sits at 3 over par. Senior Will Kropp posted a 5-over 75 on Wednesday, matching his first-round score.
Hybl said that in Thursday’s round, the team will feature the same players and will stick to the same routines it has had all year.
“This is why we play all over the country,” Hybl said. “This is why we play in great tournaments, so we understand the competition that we play against. This is going to be just a normal day for us tomorrow, but there’s a lot of pressure on these guys, too. They’re going to come out here and have a great time because I think great players show up for big moments, and I hope our guys do tomorrow.”
The final round of stroke play of the NCAA Championships is slated to begin at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday. Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com.