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Oklahoma Moves To Top of Men’s NCAA Golf Championships

NCAA: Men's Golf Championship

The Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday put together the best single round of any team in the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament to take the lead after two rounds of the event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Sooners are one of five Big 12 teams playing at Grayhawk Golf Club, and they aren’t the only one in contention to make the cut.

Oklahoma State bounced back in a big way, too, and finished in third place. Kansas, which was the highest-ranked Big 12 team after Round 1, fell back to the pack and finished in a tie for 10th place. Texas is in a tie for eighth place and Texas Tech is in a tie for 12th place.

 

Oklahoma surged to the top of the leaderboard on the strength of a second-round 5-under-par 275, bringing their two-round total of 2-over-par 562.

To pull it off, four Sooners either matched or improved their score from the first round, led by Chris Gotterup, who fired a 4-under-par 66 to finish with a two-round score of 139. Following Gotterup was Logan McCallister (71-69‑140), Drew Goodman (70-70—140), Patrick Welch (76-70—146) and Ben Lorenz (73-76—149).

Oklahoma State improved, too, firing a 3-under-par-277 to lift its two-round total to 6-over-par 566.

Aman Gupta had one of the lowest rounds of the tournament, firing a 5-under 65 to improve from his first-round 73. Now at 138, he’s a contender for the tournament’s individual crown.

He was followed by Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra (73-70—143), Bo Jin (69-74—143), Brian Stark (74-71‑145) and Jonas Baumgartner (80-71—151).

Texas shot an 11-over-par 291 for the second straight day for a two-round total of 22-over-par 582. Parker Coody led the way again for the Longhorns shooting an even-par 70 for  a two-round total of 142, after his first-round 72. He was followed by Cole Hammer (71-75—146), Travis Vick (76-71—147), Pierceson Coody (74-75—147) and Mason Nome (77-75—152).

Kansas shot a 17-over-par 297 on Saturday to finish with a two-round total of 23-over-par 583. The Jayhawks remain in the running for Monday’s fourth round. Callum Bruce came in and shot a 70 for Kansas after shooting a 71 on Friday for a two-round total of 141. After that, Kansas had Ben Sigel (74-74—148), Luke Kluver (73-77—150), Harry Hillier (68-83—151) and William Duquette (76-76—152).

Texas Tech shot a second-round 7-over-par 287 and is now at 24-over-par 584 for the tournament. Ludvig Aberg shot an identical 71 on Saturday, finishing with a two-round total of 142. He was followed by Baard Skogen (73-70—143), Sandy Scott (75-71—146), Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas (78-79—157) and Calum Scott, who shot a second-round 75 in place of Andy Lopez, who shot a 79 on Friday.

After the third round, the field will be cut to the Top 15 teams for a final round of stroke play on Monday. After Monday’s fourth round, the field will be cut to the Top 8 teams for match play, which will determine the national team champion.

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