WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team concluded second-round action Thursday at the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii, in 17th place.
A day after shooting their best team score of the season (285, +5), the Sooners held steady in round two at 286 (+6), but failed to make up any ground on the competition on a day that saw 11 of the 18 teams post lower second round scores.
OU was led by junior Phillip Bryan who shot a season-best 1-under-par 69. The Mustang, Okla., native improved five shots over Wednesday’s opening round 74 and sits in 61st place heading into tomorrow's final round.
True freshman Eric Durbin carded a three-stroke improvement with a 71 (+1) in round two, while fellow freshman Ben Blundell bounced back from an opening-round 76 with a 72. The two sit in 77th and 83rd place, respectively. After a first-round collegiate career low of 67, Oregon native Jesse Schutte heads into the final round in a tie for 53rd at 141 (+1). Rounding out the Oklahoma scoring was senior J.J. Wood who posted a second-round 74 and heads to Friday in a tie for 70th.
Defending national champion Oklahoma State leads the team standings after a second-round 20-under-par 260. OSU was paced by Jonathan Moore’s 8-under-par 62, which tied for low score of the tournament. All 10 Aggie scores in the tournament have been in the 60's. OSU will take a four-shot lead over Stanford and Georgia Tech into the final round tomorrow morning.
In the individual standings, first round leader Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech holds a one stroke lead over Oregon’s Derek Sipe heading to tomorrows play after carding consecutive 64s.
"Obviously, we were a little rough out there today," said head coach Jim Ragan. "We are still battling issues of inconsistency. Our main goal for tomorrow is that we play well enough to leave with added confidence and momentum so that we continue to improve as this season progresses."
Friday’s final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. (HST). Visit SoonerSports.com for a complete tournament recap of the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate Friday night.