LAREDO, Texas — The Oklahoma men closed strong Saturday at the Border Olympics, securing a second-place finish at the 7,125-yard, par 72 Laredo Country Club.
Ranked 34th, the Sooners saved their best round for last Saturday, following up a 6-over par opening-round 294 and an even-par second-round 288 with a 3-under round of 285.
That was good enough to best all but host Houston in the 14-team field. The Cougars, with rounds of 292, 289 and 278 finished at 859, eight strokes in front of OU’s 867.
The Sooners put four players among the top 12 in the medalist race, with Abraham Ancer placing fourth at 1-under par 215 after rounds of 70, 71 and 74. Michael Schoolcraft (72-71-73) placed fifth at even-par 216.
Both Will Kropp (76-73-69) and Beau Titsworth (76-73-69) finished 12th at 218.
Between them, Kropp and Titsworth finished with 11 birdies Saturday.
“Overall, I’m pleased with our last two rounds,” OU coach Ryan Hybl said. “I saw some good things this week, and I feel like we are a lot closer (to where we need to be) than after our Vegas trip.”
Central Arkansas (869), Lamar (876), Baylor (299) rounded out the top five.
The Sooners are back in action beginning March 23 when they compete in the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga.
Women tied for second: GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Led by reigning NCAA tournament medalist Chiripat Jao-Javenil, the Oklahoma women will begin today’s final round at the SunTrust Gator Invitational trailing leader Alabama by three strokes.
Javenil followed an opening round 69 with a Saturday 68 to lead the individual leaderboard at 3-under par 137. That led the Sooners to a second-round 297 and a 36-hole score of 582.
Alabama, after rounds of 286 and 293 are atop the team standings at 19-over par 579.
Javenil needed more help from her teammates. Anne-Catherine Tanguay, in fifth place in the medalist race six strokes behind Javenil at 143, still had to settle for a second-round 74.
Also, Emily Collins carded a 78, Jade Staggs a 77 and Taylor Schmidt an 81.
“It was a tough day for us,” OU coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “We made some mistakes early on and had trouble recovering.
“We need to come out focused (today) and do our own thing.”
OU, ranked No. 3, is tied in second with Florida. Oklahoma State is third (585), one stroke in front of Virginia (586).