Sept. 28, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team is tied for second after a 36-hole day on Monday at the Kansas Invitational at the par-72 Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan.
The Sooners fired rounds of 291 (+3) and 300 (+12) during the first day of play and share second with Louisiana-Lafayette. The pair are just two shots shy of overnight leader Missouri (293-296/+13).
"We're right in the hunt, which is what you always ask of your team," said head coach Ryan Hybl, following Monday's action in his first event at the helm of the Sooner program. "We gave away some shots during the afternoon round and need to come back with some steady play tomorrow."
OU was the leader in the clubhouse by two shots over the 14-team field after Monday morning's round, paced by Liam Logan's tournament-opening 69 (the only round in the 60s during morning action). Logan carded a second-round 79 at the 7,058-yard layout and is tied for 14th.
"I was proud of the way our guys got out of the gates, holding the lead after round one," said Hybl. "As a team, we expect to start competing for titles and with a good round tomorrow, hopefully we can do just that."
Senior Ben Blundell (75-73) is tied with Logan at +4, while junior Riley Pumphrey (72-75) shared 10th to pace the Sooners on day one at +3.
Rounding out the Oklahoma team scoring were junior Chris Wilson (75-74) and freshman Nathan Chambers (76-78). Wilson heads to Tuesday's final round in a tie for 19th at +5, while Chambers (+10) stands tied for 37th in his collegiate debut.
Competing individually, fellow freshman Davis Lee carded rounds of 76 and 73 in his first collegiate event and is in a four-way tie for 19th with Wilson.
Missouri's Jace Long carded back-to-back rounds of 71 on Monday for a one-stroke advantage in the medalist race.
Final-round action will begin Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (CT).