March 26, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in second place after Saturday’s final round of the 19-team Border Olympics, hosted by the University of Houston in Laredo, Texas. The No. 28 Sooners shot a 4-under-par 288 on the final day and finished at -27 (837) for the tournament at the 7,319-yard, par-72 Laredo Country Club.
The Sooners, who were tied with Arkansas for first place entering the day, finished five strokes behind the Razorbacks. Arkansas shot a 279 (-9) on the day and finished the tournament at 32 under (832). OU finished ahead of fellow Big 12 teams Baylor (by nine shots), Kansas (by 29 strokes) and Kansas State (by 41 strokes).
"Another good solid week for us even though we didn't get a win," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "We fought hard but just had some bad swings at the wrong times today. It would have been nice for us to have had a chance coming down the stretch but we will use this as another learning experience moving forward."
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Oklahoma sophomore Abraham Ancer (-3, +3, -5) finished the tournament with a strong 5-under-par performance Saturday and tied for 11th place. Ancer, who began the day tied for 28th place, bolted up the leaderboard thanks to six birdies and just one bogey in the final round.
Freshman Eduardo Castiello (+2, E, -4) also had a solid day for the Sooners, registering a 4-under 68 to tie for 21st place. Castiello, who was +2 through 36 holes, improved each round and turned in a four-birdie, no-bogey final 18 holes.
Junior Riley Pumphrey (-4, -2, +1) also finished the tournament tied for 11th place at 5 under. His a 1-over 73 Saturday included an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. Pumphrey eagled the par-5 first hole in each of the tournament's first two rounds.
Junior Will Kropp (-6, -3, +6) entered the day tied for second place but settled for an 18th-place tie after recording a 6-over 78. Senior Ryan Sirman (-4, -1, +4) finished in a tie for 27th at 1 under.
The Sooners are back in action April 16-17 at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas, their final regular season event of the year.