March 25, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team is tied for first place after Friday’s first and second rounds of the 19-team Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. The Sooners followed an impressive first-round 271 (-17) with a second-round 282 (-6) and, along with with Arkansas, lead third-place Baylor by nine strokes at the 7,319-yard, par-72 Laredo Country Club.
OU held a nine-shot lead after the first round, but Arkansas recorded a 15-under second round to tie the Sooners atop the leaderboard.
Oklahoma's first-round 271 was one shot shy of an 18-hole school record (the Sooners shot a 270 last week at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz.).
“I am proud of our boys today,” said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. “We showed some toughness coming down the stretch as we were starting to give some back and finished strong.”
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OU junior Will Kropp is tied for second place at -9, and led the Sooners in both rounds. Kropp birdied six holes on each 18 and shot a 66 (-6) in the first round and a 69 (-3) in the second. He trails leader Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas by two strokes.
Junior Riley Pumphrey stands at -6 and is tied for sixth place. Pumphrey recorded four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 first hole en route to a first-round 68 (-4). He followed with two more birdies and another eagle on hole No. 1 in the second round as he shot a 70 (-2).
Senior Ryan Sirman is tied for ninth place at -5. Sirman recorded a strong 4-under 68 in the first round and followed with a 1-under-par 71 in the second. Sophomore Abraham Ancer is tied for 28th place at even par, and freshman Eduardo Castiello is tied for 43rd place at +2.
“We have a great opportunity in front of us tomorrow and we are excited about following our game plan and going out and executing,” said Hybl.
Live scoring for Saturday's final round of the 54-hole Border Olympics will be available at Golfstat.com.