March 19, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma men’s golf team fired a final-round 272 (-16) Saturday to claim victory at the 15-team Desert Shootout at the par-72 Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. The Sooners’ 22-stroke win was fueled by tournament champion Abraham Ancer, who shot a program-record 54-hole score of 195 (-21), shattering the previous record of 203 set by Anthony Kim in 2005.
Ancer and teammate Will Kropp, who finished in second place, both shot program-low round scores of 63 (-9) on Saturday. The Sooner pair was joined by Eduardo Castiello and Ryan Sirman in the tournament’s top six. All six competing OU golfers finished in the field’s top 20.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team,” said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. “The boys were dominant. Abe (Ancer) was just a dominant force to be reckoned with. Will Kropp, who was competing for us as an individual, finished in second. I think that just shows the depth of our lineup.”
The Sooners’ 54-hole total of 816 (-48) was one stroke shy of the school record for lowest tournament score. The tournament title was Oklahoma’s first of the season.
After the Sooners’ remarkable performance, Hybl’s squad dedicated its Desert Shootout victory to the memory of Kyle Lewis. A senior last year at Bethel (Okla.) High School who signed a letter of intent to play for the OU men's golf team starting last fall, Lewis died in an automobile accident in July while returning from the All-State golf tournament in Broken Arrow.
“One thing we wanted to do with this victory is dedicate it to the family of Kyle Lewis,” said Hybl. “He was in our thoughts today. This is a big win for us.”
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Ancer’s dominant performance placed him six strokes ahead of second-place Kropp, who was competing in the event as an individual. Due to his individual status, Kropp’s career-low three-round total of 201 (-15) was not included in the Sooners’ total score. The sophomore finished two strokes ahead of BYU’s Zachary Blair.
Castiello, a freshman from Guadalajara, Mexico, tied for fourth place with a career-low 206 (-10), while Sirman, a senior from Tyler, Texas, carded a career-low 207 (-9) to tie for sixth.
Junior Riley Pumphrey fired a 210 (-6) to tie for 13th place. The Georgetown, Texas, native has shot 212 or below in each of his past three tournaments.
Freshman Michael Schoolcraft finished in a tie for 19th place after shooting a career-best-tying 212 (-4).
The Sooners, who are No. 32 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, placed ahead of ranked opponents North Texas (No. 31) and TCU (No. 41).
Oklahoma next takes the course March 25-26 for the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas.