April 24, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – Abraham Ancer and the No. 24 Oklahoma men’s golf team will travel to Hutchinson, Kan. this week to compete in the Big 12 Championship, hosted by the University of Nebraska. The 12-team, 72-hole championship will be held at the 6,598-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club.
“It’s championship time for us and preparation has been happening all year, so now it’s time for us to go and relax and have some fun competing,” said OU Head Coach Ryan Hybl. “Prairie Dunes will be a tough test, but this is a long 72-hole championship. So it’s a matter of hanging tough and persevering through each day. We need great leadership and for our guys to really produce for us.”
The Sooners finished last year’s Big 12 Championship tied for seventh place.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State will seek its fifth consecutive Big 12 title and ninth overall. The Sooners claimed their only Big 12 title in 2006, defeating second-place Texas by four strokes.
OU’s lineup will include sophomore Ancer, senior Ryan Sirman, junior Riley Pumphrey and freshmen Michael Schoolcraft and Eduardo Castiello.
In his first season at OU, Ancer has claimed three top-10 finishes, including an individual title at the Desert Shootout in March when he set a school record for lowest tournament score (-21). The Odessa Junior College transfer owns a 71.56 stroke average through 10 events, good for the third-lowest figure in single-season school history.
Sirman and Pumphrey, who have also each carded three top-10 finishes, are averaging 72.11 and 72.44 strokes per round, respectively.
Shoolcraft and Castiello have also performed solidly for the Sooners, competing in 13 tournaments between the two.
No. 5 Oklahoma, along with No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 6 Baylor, will tee off Monday on the 10th hole starting at 8 a.m. CT.
Each day’s results will be posted at SoonerSports.com. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.