April 25, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - Behind an even-par performance by senior Ryan Sirman, the No. 24 Oklahoma men's golf team stands in third place after Monday's first two rounds of the Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan. The Sooners fired rounds of 287 and 292 for a 19-over-par 579 at the 6,953-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Golf Course.
Aiming for their second Big 12 crown (they won the 2006 title), the Sooners trail leader Oklahoma State by just four strokes and second-place Texas by one shot.
"Tough day on the golf course due to the conditions," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "I am so proud of the way the boys persevered through it all. We made a nice push coming down the stretch, which shows we were hanging tough. We should have a great pairing tomorrow and we will be looking forward to it."
Sirman shot an impressive 4-under 66 on the morning 18, topping his previous season-low round by two shots. He followed his first round of five birdies and one bogey with a 4-over 74 and is alone in third place. He trails co-leaders Morgan Hoffman and Kevin Tway of Oklahoma State by one stroke.
Sophomore Abraham Ancer also turned in a strong performance for the Sooners, moving from 21st place after 18 holes to a fifth-place tie through 36. Ancer followed his first-round 73 with a second-round 71 and was aided by an eagle on the par-5 17th hole.
Junior Riley Pumphrey also finished the day in the top 10. Pumphrey recorded rounds of 72 and 73, good for an eighth-place tie at 5 over.
Freshmen Eduardo Castiello and Michael Schoolcraft are tied for 52nd with two rounds remaining. Castiello shot rounds of 82 and 74, while Schoolcraft carded rounds of 76 and 80. Both stand at 16 over par.
Live scoring for Tuesday's third round and Wednesday's final round will be available at Golfstat.com.