March 5, 2010
LAREDO, Texas - The University of Oklahoma men's golf squad heads to Saturday's final round in second place at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas, after rounds of 293 (+5) and 287 (-1) on Friday.
Bolstered by its second under par team tally in its last three rounds, the Sooners are just seven shots off the lead of Lamar's two-round cumulative score of 3-under-par 573.
OU's 36-hole team score of 580 (+4) marked a season low for the Sooners, eclipsing the nine-over total set at last week's Puerto Rico Classic.
"This is something that we have been waiting for all year," said head coach Ryan Hybl. "An opportunity to finish the job and win a respectable golf tournament. We are gaining more confidence each week and our guys need to believe in the process in which we lay out. Even more importantly, believe in themselves."
The Sooners were paced by senior Tyler Rody (74-69), who jumped to a share of third place after his 3-under-par 69 in the second round that was a stroke shy of his season low. Fellow senior Ben Blundell rebounded from a tournament-opening 74 by also reaching red figures in round two with a 2-under-par 70. The Rowlett, Texas, native heads to Saturday's play tied for eighth.
Liam Logan (71-76) is tied for 22nd at even par. Rounding out the OU team scoring were Riley Pumphrey (78-72) and Nathan Chambers (74-77). The duo stands T36th and T42nd, respectively, with 18 holes to play.
Oklahoma bested 14 squads on day one at the par-72, 7,241-yard Laredo Country Club, including No. 33 Rice, No. 36 Baylor and No. 44 Arkansas.
The Sooners are looking to become the first OU team since 2000-01 to win multiple titles in a single season.
Complete coverage of Saturday's final round can be found at SoonerSports.com.