Feb. 21, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team remained in fifth place after Monday’s second round of the 15-team Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue in Rio Grande, P.R. The No. 36 Sooners shot a 289 (+1) on the day and are even after two rounds, 14 shots back of leaders Georgia Tech and Alabama at the par-72, 6,902 yard Rio Mar Country Club.
Georgia Tech shot a 284 (-4) to move to -14, but Alabama carded an impressive 281 (-7) to tie the Yellow Jackets atop the leaderboard. Oklahoma State (-8) shot a 285 and Virginia Tech (-3) carded a 287 to remain at third and fourth, respectively.
Sophomore Abraham Ancer led the Sooners Monday, shooting a 2-under 70. Ancer, tied for 15th place at even par through two rounds, carded two birdies and 16 pars on the day.
Junior Riley Pumphrey turned in a strong outing as well with a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for eighth place at 3 under. Pumphrey recorded four birdies in the second round to go along with three bogeys.
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Senior Ryan Sirman, tied for 12th place through 36 holes at -1, shot a 1-over 73 Monday. Junior Ben Klaus shot a 3-over 75 and freshman Eduardo Castiello a 4-over 76. Klaus is tied for 46th at +4 and Castiello is tied for 66th at +8.
“We‘re playing a tough field out here,” OU head men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl said of the tournament, which features 14 teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50. “We need some guys to step up in the final round.”
The final round of the Puerto Rico Classic will begin Tuesday morning. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.