Oct. 7, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 63rd-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf squad will travel to Macon, Ga., this week to participate in The Brickyard Collegiate Championship, hosted by Mercer University at the par-72, 7,128-yard Brickyard at Riverside Oct. 8-10.
The Brickyard Collegiate marks the second tournament of the season for the Sooners. They finished in fourth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship two weeks ago in Franklin, Tenn.
“We are looking forward to heading to Georgia and competing in the Brickyard,” said head coach Ryan Hybl. “It is a great tournament with a star-studded field. It will be fun for our guys to compete against some of the best teams in the country.”
The 15-team field features 2010 national champion Augusta State, which is No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Augusta State won last year’s rain-shortened 36-hole Brickyard Collegiate by 13 strokes.
The tournament will mark a homecoming of sorts for Hybl, who attended Georgia and was an assistant coach there prior to taking the OU helm. The 16th-ranked Bulldogs, who are two-time Brickyard Collegiate champions and won the 2010 SEC Championship, are also in the field.
“It is always nice to head back home,” said Hybl. “I am excited to be able to tee it up against the Bulldogs for sure, because they are one of the best teams in college golf.”
Other top-50 teams competing this weekend include No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 40 Colorado State, No. 42 North Florida, No. 44 Florida State and No. 50 Clemson. The rest of the field is comprised of Boston College, Chattanooga, Gonzaga, Mercer, Ole Miss, Texas-Arlington and Virginia Tech.
The OU lineup this weekend will include sophomore Will Kropp, freshman Michael Schoolcraft, junior Riley Pumphrey, sophomore Abraham Ancer and senior Ryan Sirman.
Kropp, who played as a freshman at Georgia two years ago, had a breakout performance in his OU debut when he finished in third place (-5) at the Mason Rudolph. Kropp carded a 6-under 65 in the first round and shared the tournament lead through 18 holes.
Ancer, a transfer from Odessa College, was the recipient of the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award as the junior college player of the year. Hybl said he is anxious to see Ancer in his OU debut.
“I am looking for Abe to step right in and make an impact for us. That is why he is here. I know that his expectation is the same as mine and that is to win.”
Pumphrey had a solid performance in his first tournament of the season, shooting a 1-under par (212) and finishing tied for 12th place. Schoolcraft and Sirman both finished at 1-over par (214) and in a tie for 17th place.
The 54-hole event will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Each day’s results will be posted to www.SoonerSports.com. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.