Feb. 22, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in sixth place after Tuesday’s final round of the 15-team Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue University in Rio Grande, P.R. The No. 36 Sooners shot an even-par 288 on the day and finished even for the tournament -- which featured 14 teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50 -- at the par-72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar Country Club.
Alabama edged Georgia Tech by five strokes for the team title, shooting a tournament-low 274 (-14) Tuesday to finish at 28 under.
“Great tourney for us this week,” said OU men’s head golf coach Ryan Hybl. “I am proud of our guys for their effort and this is six consecutive and consistently good rounds for us as a team. That is a great sign for us to see.”
Juniors Riley Pumphrey and Ben Klaus and sophomore Abraham Ancer led the charge for Oklahoma in the final round, each posting a 1-under-par performance. Pumphrey (-2, -1, -1) had a solid day with two birdies and only one bogey and finished tied for eighth. Ancer (+2, -2, -1), who finished tied for 16th, carded four birdies and three bogeys. Klaus (+1, +3, -1) turned in his best round of the event, also finishing the day with four birdies and three bogeys. He tied for 35th place.
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Senior Ryan Sirman (-2, +1, +3), who finished tied for 31st place, shot a 3-over 75 Tuesday, while freshman Eduardo Castiello (+4, +4, +9) shot a 9-over 81 and finished in 72nd place.
“We have to come back and get better though, and use our momentum to capitalize because it is a long spring,” Hybl said.
The Sooners are back in action March 17-19 at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz.