AUSTIN, Texas Heavy thunderstorms in the Austin, Texas, area put an end to a Sooner rally as the OU men’s golf squad climbed to fourth place in the team standings before being forced to leave the course midway through the second round at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate held at the par 72, 6,906-yard Austin Country Club.
Entering round two in fourth place out of the 14-team field that included No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 8 UNLV, No. 9 BYU, No. 21 Texas and 23rd-ranked Tulsa, the Sooners fought threw inclement conditions, playing holes 1-7 a combined even-par while other schools began to falter.
But tournament officials called the golfers off the course and declared that round two was washed out. The teams will simply play a final 18 holes on Tuesday (in addition to Monday’s first round), reducing the tournament to a 36-hole event.
“It’s a shame that the weather wasn’t cooperating with us as we had some guys starting to play very well,” said head coach Jim Ragan.
In Monday morning action, OU opened with a 3-over-par 291 and trails clubhouse leader Kent State (-3) by just six shots. David Ludlow of Kent State leads Purdue’s Vince Nadeau by two strokes in the individual standings after firing an opening-round 6-under-par 66.
Oklahoma’s fourth-place position in the team standings is its best of the year entering the final round of play. The Sooners entered final-round play of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate in fifth position and finished in the same spot.
OU was led in the first round by junior Phillip Bryan, who posted an even par round of 72 and sits in ninth place. Opening his round with a par at No. 6, Bryan bogeyed the par-5 seventh before rebounding immediately with a birdie at the par-3 eighth. After three straight pars, the Mustang, Okla., native bogeyed the par-4 12th but played his next five holes in three-under fashion before a double-bogey at the 18th. Bryan would bounce back as he closed his round with five straight pars.
A stoke behind Bryan was a trio of Sooners at +1 for the round. Jesse Schutte, Nick Sheedy and J.J. Wood all stand in a tie for 19th heading to Tuesday’s play.
Schutte, a freshman from Florence, Ore., double-bogeyed his second hole of the day when taking a six at the par-4 fifth before responding with birdies at No. 7, 9 and 12 to move to 1-under on his round. After four straight pars, Schutte bogeyed the 17th and first holes, but parred the rest to finish at +1.
Sheedy, starting his morning round on the par-5 seventh hole, opened with back-to-back pars before a birdie at the 363-yard par-4 ninth. The Burlington, Iowa, native gave a stroke back at both the 10th and 11th, but moved back to even par on the round with a birdie at No. 14. Sheedy parred nine of his closing 10 holes with his lone misstep coming on a bogey at the par-4 fifth.
Wood opened his round with five pars before a bogey at the eighth hole. Three more pars were followed with a bogey at the par-4 12th that dropped the Pepperdine transfer to 2-over-par. After a par at No. 13, the Yuma, Ariz., native birdied the 14th but quickly gave a shot back with a bogey at No. 15. Wood responded with four straight pars and then a birdie at the second, his last hole of the round, to close at +1.
After three straight pars, Blundell moved to 1-under after a birdie at the eighth. The Rowlett, Texas, native gave a shot back by bogeying No. 9 but responded with a birdie at the par-4 10th. Blundell bogeyed five of his next six, but played his final six holes at even par. Although second-round action will not count towards his official scores, Blundell played his final nine holes on Monday at 1-under par.
“With the cancellation of the second round, we are going to have to play with the same focus we did this afternoon as some teams are back within striking distance of the lead,” said Ragan.
Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com as the reigning Big 12 champs finish play in Tuesday’s final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate.