April 29, 2012
TRINITY, Texas -- The OU men's golf team fired a fourth-round 305 (+17) at the 7,330-yard, par-72 Whispering Pines Golf Club to claim its best finish in the event since winning the 2006 championship.
No. 15 Texas A&M took over the top spot in Friday's second round, and held on for the team title. Top-ranked Texas made a push in the second half of the event, but could not overcome a 14-over-par first round. The Aggies finished at 13 over par, three strokes ahead of the Longhorns. No. 46 Texas Tech finished in third place at 31 over, OU finished at +33 and No. 32 Baylor rounded out the top five at 35 over. Oklahoma State finished sixth, Iowa State seventh, Missouri eighth, Kansas State ninth and Kansas 10th.
Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen won the individual championship following an impressive 4-under 68 in the final round. Mikkelsen finished with a four-round 285 (-3) to beat Texas A&M's Tyler Dunlap by two strokes.
Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer entered the final round with a two-shot lead after posting scores of 69 in the second and third rounds, but the junior shot a 6-over 78 Sunday to drop him to a third-place tie, three shots behind Mikkelsen. Ancer's fourth round included a double bogey, five bogeys and one birdie.
"We played about as bad as we could possibly play today as a golf team," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "I feel bad for Abe because I feel he was ready to go win a golf tournament. I wasn't around him much today, but obviously some things didn't work out for him. And I was looking forward to seeing if we could make a push today, but we couldn't. I don't know if the golf course is just too much or if the momentum just never got in our favor."
Although he fell short of medalist honors, Ancer was named to the all-tournament team by virtue of finishing in the top 10. The Sooners had not placed a golfer on the all-tourney squad since Brodie Flanders and Shawn La Fontaine finished second and ninth, respectively, at the 2006 event.
Michael Gellerman's final-round 74 (+2) was the team-low Sunday. The freshman was in good shape through 17 holes in the final round, recording three birdies and three bogeys before carding a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole. Gellerman finished the championship event in a tie for 11th place with a four-round 296 (+8).
Senior Riley Pumphrey registered a final-round 78 (+6), finishing the event in a tie for 27th place with a 17-over 305.
Junior Will Kropp and freshman Charlie Saxon finished in a tie for 40th place at 23 over.
"We've got to be able to shake this off today, get back to Norman and get refocused on the job at hand," said Hybl. "Our biggest goal of the year is to win the Big 12 Championship. That didn't happen, and now it's time to move on to the next goal, which is to make it through (NCAA) regionals and compete at the national championship. It's on to the next step of the year and we're going to go back to work."
The Sooners will host an NCAA Regional May 17-19 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.