Oklahoma golf: Sooners sitting in 2nd in Big 12 Championship

The men’s Oklahoma golf team is in second place after 36 holes in the 2018 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship.

The reigning national champion Sooners are two strokes back of Iowa State at the midway point of the championship, being played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ranked fourth in the country, Oklahoma was in fifth place after 18 holes with a score of plus-14, 294, but moved up four spots after a three-under-par score of 277 in the second round, passing five-time defending conference champion Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State in the process.

Oklahoma State is three strokes back of Oklahoma after 36 holes, and Texas is fourth, six shots back of the Sooners and eight off the lead, heading into the final two rounds. The first and second rounds were played on Monday. The final 36 holes will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Senior Grant Hirschman and redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins are tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard. The two Sooners shot identical scores of five-over 75 in the opening round and followed that up with a pair of three-under-par 67s in round two for a 36-hole score of two-over 142.

Senior Rylee Reinertson was at four-over 144 after 36 holes, tied for 11th and Brad Dalke is one shot back of Reinertson with a second-round total of 145, tied for 14th.

Oklahoma State and Texas have dominated the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship, winning in 17 of the 21 years the championship has been staged under the Big 12 banner. Oklahoma State has won it nine times, and Texas has claimed the conference crown eight times.

Oklahoma has won the conference championship in golf one time, in 2006. The Sooners finished fifth in last year’s Big 12 Championship, but went on to win the 2017 national title.