SUGAR GROVE, Ill. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team stands in 23rd place after two rounds of the 54-hole NCAA Central Regional held on the 7,184-yard, par-72 Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, Ill.
OU followed a first-round team score of 320 (+32) with a 18-over-par 306 on Friday afternoon. The Sooners’ 626 total leaves them 41 shots out of the lead, but only 19 strokes from a key top 10 finish that would advance OU to the NCAA Championships.
Senior Nick Sheedy turned in Oklahoma’s low second-round score, firing a 1-over-par 73. Starting on the back nine, the Burlington, Iowa, native made the turn at one-under after birdies at the 11th and 18th and a lone bogey at No. 12. Back-to-back bogeys starting at the par-3 fourth dropped Sheedy to +10 for the tournament and in a tie for 57th.
Fellow senior J.J. Wood followed up Thursday’s opening-round 74 with a 6-over-par 78 on Friday. The Pepperdine transfer was even through nine holes with a pair of birdies offset by two opening-nine bogeys. Wood parred the first five holes of the front nine before carding bogeys at the sixth and ninth and a quadruple-bogey eight at No. 8, finishing day two in 35th place.
Ben Blundell, a freshman from Rowlett, Texas, rebounded from yesterday’s 84 by shooting 76. Blundell had five bogeys to go along with a birdie at the par-4 13th and heads to Saturday’s final round in 102nd.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jesse Schutte fired a second-round 79 and stands in 126th through two rounds.
Rounding out the OU scoring was junior Phillip Bryan who shot 83. The Academic All-Big 12 selection finished day two at +20 and in a tie for 122nd.
Tulsa moved into the team lead after carding the best team score of the tournament with a 8-under-par 280. The Golden Hurricane holds a seven shot lead over first-round leader Louisville who stands in second after shooting a team score of 298.
Lamar’s Dawie Van Der Walt heads to Saturday’s final round leading for medalist honors after a 3-under-par 69. Van Der Walt holds a one stroke lead over Louisville’s Daryl Fathauer who remained in second after shooting 70.
The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on one of the advancing squads from the regional field will advance to the NCAA Championships held May 30-June 2 at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
Final round tee times are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. CDT. Sooner golf fans can follow live tournament scoring at www.golfstat.com.