March 24, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 26th-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s golf team will travel to Laredo, Texas, this week to compete in the 2011 Border Olympics, hosted by the University of Houston. The 19-team, 54-hole tournament will be held at the 7,125-yard, par-72 Laredo Country Club on Friday and Saturday (March 25-26).
The Sooners enter the tournament fresh off of their first win of the season, a 22-stroke victory at last week’s Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz. Led by medalist Abraham Ancer, OU broke numerous individual and program records last week. Ancer’s dominant 21-under-par 195 set a school standard, besting the previous tournament record (set by Anthony Kim in 2005) by eight strokes.
Ancer, a sophomore, and junior Will Kropp each carded an OU individual-round-record-tying 63, matching scores posted by former Sooners Todd Hamilton (1986-87) and Jim Begwin (1983-84). As a team, the Sooners registered a program-low round of 270 in the second round, and finished the tournament one stroke shy of the school record for lowest tournament score at 816 (-48).
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“We’d like to keep our good momentum going in the right direction this week at the Border Olympics,” said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. “We’re looking forward to getting back on the road again and playing against some good competition.”
The 19-team field features three other top-50 teams in No. 18 Arkansas, No. 28 Indiana and No. 37 North Texas. Also participating in the tournament are Air Force, Baylor, Houston, Lamar, Liberty, Kansas, Kansas State, New Mexico State, Rice, Texas State, Toledo, UT Arlington, UTSA, Washington State and Wichita State.
Hybl will use a lineup similar to last week’s, which includes Ancer and Kropp, freshman Eduardo Castiello, junior Riley Pumphrey and senior Ryan Sirman.
OU finished last year’s Border Olympics in second place.
Each day’s results will be posted at SoonerSports.com. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.