NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team turned in another solid team performance in Wednesday’s opening round of the NCAA Championships at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.
Making their 30th appearance in the national finals, the Sooners posted a team score of 284 and stand in a tie for seventh place at 4-under-par.
Senior Justin Fraley carded a 2-under 70 in his first NCAA Championship appearance to lead the OU charge. The Rowlett, Texas, native is in a tie for 15th place overall.
All-American Anthony Kim recorded an even-par 72 in the first round to complete the Sooners’ first-round score.
“The first day you’re not going to be able to win it but you could lose it and we certainly didn’t do that," OU head coach Jim Ragan said.
"I feel comfortable in the fact that we got off to a little better start than we have been and I think we’re in good position. We played a solid round of golf and hopefully we can keep improving as the week goes on.”
Wake Forest holds a three-shot lead over UCLA after an 11-under-par 277. The Deacons’ Kyle Reifers fired a 7-under 65 and holds a one stroke advantage over Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin in the individual standings.
The 30-team field was split into a 15-team morning group and a 15-team afternoon group. OU was paired with Charlotte and Minnesota in the morning group.
Oklahoma will keep the same pairings for Thursday’s second round, but will begin play around 3:30 p.m. CDT.
Sooner golf fans can access live tournament scoring at www.golfstat.com.