SOUTH BEND, Ind. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team improved to 22nd after the second round of the NCAA Central Regional, but will need a miracle Saturday to advance to the national championships.
Oklahoma State leads with a 5-over 565. The Cowboys are three strokes ahead of Augusta State and 13 ahead of Missouri.
The Sooners (601, +41),who shot a 15-over 295 today (11 strokes better than their first round), are 18 strokes away from 10th-place Kansas and the final qualifying position.
Oklahoma State’s Pablo Martin leads individually. Martin matched his first-round 65 with an even-par 70 today. The Spaniard leads Augusta State’s Kalle Edberg and Missouri’s Ben Scott by three stokes.
OU’s Anthony Kim (145, +5) leads the Sooners. Kim fired his own even-par 70 in the second round, moving up 48 spots from his 78th-place start into a tie for 30th. The sophomore would likely need to finish in the top five to earn one of two national championship qualifying spots reserved for individuals who are not part of advancing teams.
Freshman Phillip Bryan is the second Sooner on the leaderboard. The Mustang, Okla., native fired a 72 to give him a two-day, 9-over 149 score. Bryan jumped up 45 positions on the leaderboard during the second round.
Justin Fraley, Shawn LaFontaine and Nick Sheedy are still waging a war with their bodies as well as the course after being stricken with food poisoning before Thursday’s first round. The trio remains in ties for 84th, 124th and 131st, respectively.
The third round begins at 7:12 a.m. CDT tomorrow with live scoring available on Golfstat.com. OU tees off from the first hole beginning at 12:36 p.m.