As other teams tumble, OU jumps into sixth place

After spending most of Saturday outside the top 10 in the team standings of the NCAA Championships, Oklahoma climbed all the way up to No. 6 long after finishing its second round as other teams tumbled down the leaderboard.

The Sooners bounced back from a rough first day to record a 1-over par round, moving to 16 over for the tournament.

Patrick Welch turned in the best score for OU, a 3-under 69 with five birdies, and he is tied for ninth in the individual standings. Blaine Hale shot 2-under 70 and is tied for 22nd.

Cowboys meet course architect after round

Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course architect at Blessings Golf Club, introduced himself to the Oklahoma State team after Saturday’s round.

“It’s really cool for someone of his stature to take time out and come and watch these college kids play,” Cowboys coach Alan Bratton said. “I think it shows the respect the world is giving college golf and these kids have earned it with their good play. That’s a real credit to him and to Mr. Tyson (club owner John Tyson).”

Jones, in particular, was eager to meet Viktor Hovland, an OSU junior from Norway.

“He’s actually redesigning Viktor’s golf course back at home in Oslo, so he had talked to Viktor earlier in the year to pick his brain about the golf course and how it played,” Bratton said. “So he was excited to meet Viktor.”

Kelly Hines

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Kelly has been the University of Tulsa football and basketball beat writer since 2014. She grew up in Moore, was valedictorian at Christian Heritage Academy and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8452