March 17, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The 30th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team fired a 274 (-14) Thursday in the opening round of the 15-team Desert Shootout at the par-72 Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz., and leads second-place TCU by two strokes. The Sooners’ first-day total tied a season low previously set at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Oklahoma had five golfers shoot under par, including four in its starting lineup.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” said OU head coach Ryan Hyble. “They put forth a great effort today, We put ourselves in a really good spot, which is what we wanted to do. We came out strong and are coming out here to win a tournament. We have a lot of confidence and are making a lot of birdies. That’s really important.”
Sophomore Abraham Ancer led the Sooners, carding a career-low 66 (-6). Ancer, one of five Sooners to shoot under par, is in a four-way tie for the lead with BYU’s Zachary Blair and Cameron Edens and North Texas’ Carlos Ortiz.
Freshman Eduardo Castiello is tied for eighth after shooting a career-low 68 (-4). The Mexico native shot well below his season average of 74.50.
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Freshman Michael Schoolcraft rounded out the Sooner lineup after shooting a 1-over 73. The freshman is tied for 53rd place out of 90 individuals.
Sophomore Will Kropp, who is competing as an individual, is tied in 23rd place after firing a 70 (-2).
The Sooners begin the second round of the 54-hole Desert Shootout Friday morning at 11:00 CT. Live scoring is not available for this tournament, but final results will be posted on Soonersports.com