NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team concluded first- and second-round action Sunday at the Fighting Illini Invitational with a two-round total of 609, placing it in 12th place going into Monday’s final round.
The young Sooners squad struggled early, battling tough course conditions, with an opening-round score of 309 (+29.) OU bounced back in the afternoon round with a team total of 300 (+20), a nine-shot improvement over the morning round.
The par-70 Olympia Fields North Course, home of the 2003 U.S. Open, showed its teeth Sunday as no team broke par in either round. Stanford leads the field of 12 teams at 575 (+15).
OU freshman Ben Blundell, making his first collegiate start, is tied for 38th place after a two-round total of 151 (+11). Fellow Sooner Phillip Bryan, the lone member of last year’s Big 12 Championship squad to make the trip to Illinois, is tied with Blundell after rounds of 78 and 73.
Freshmen Eric Durbin and Jesse Schutte, also playing in their first collegiate tournament, are at +15 and +16, respectively. Rounding out OU’s first- and second-round scoring was Pepperdine transfer J.J. Wood. The senior is in a tie for 56th place (+17) after rounds of 76 and 81.
Purdue’s Tom Oliver holds the individual lead at 2-under-par.
The final round is scheduled to commence Monday morning at 8 CDT. Fans can follow live scoring at www.golfstat.com.
Fighting Illini Invitational
Olympia Fields Country Club North Course
Olympia Fields, Ill.
Par 70 7,205 Yards
1. Stanford, 286-289=575
3. Duke, 289-289=578
4. Purdue, 290-292=582
6. Northwestern, 293-293=586
7. Georgia Tech, 293-296=589
10. Vanderbilt, 299-299=598
1. Tom Oliver, Purdue - 71-67=138
T2. Adam Long, Duke - 70-71=141
T4. Zack Miller, Stanford - 71-71=142
T4. Michael Schachner, Duke - 71-71=142
T7. Rob Grube, Stanford - 71-72=143
T7. Tyler Leon,
T10. Jonathan Bowers, Northwestern - 74-70=144
T10. Daniel Lim, Stanford - 70-74=144
T10. Clayton Rask,
OU Individual Standings
T38. Ben Blundell 75-76=151
T38. Phillip Bryan 78-73=151
T52. Eric Durbin 80-75=155
T54. Jesse Schutte 80-76=156
T56. J.J. Wood 76-81=157