LSU, Oklahoma finish Round 2 in top 10 before delay
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Play was halted for the fourth time at the NCAA Championship, this time at 10:02 a.m. Sunday at Prairie Dunes Country Club. When the horn sounded, 15 teams were still on the course and early in their second rounds.
The other half of the field has completed two rounds. Some teams wrapped up their second-round action Sunday morning before the inclement weather rolled in – two of those teams, LSU and Oklahoma, are currently in contention for a match-play spot.
The Tigers, ranked 17th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, are tied for fifth at 3 under after carding a second-round, 2-under 278. Ben Taylor shot a 3-under 67 while Stewart Jolly added a 68 for the Tigers in the second round. The pair combined to shoot 5 over in the first round Saturday morning before beginning Round 2 less than an hour later.
"We were fortunate in that we finished playing a nine that we got to go play again," said LSU head coach Chuck Winstead.
PHOTOS: NCAA Championships (Saturday)
View images from a very long day of play on Saturday of the Men's NCAA Division 1 National Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
The 14th-ranked Sooners struggled late in their second round, shooting 7-over 287, but are still 10th at even par, a shot out of the top 8. Charlie Saxon's 5-under 65 and Beau Titsworth's 67 fueled an opening-round 7-under 273 for Oklahoma, but the Sooners combined for just two birdies and shot 15 over on the back nine in the second round.
"We played great in the first round," Oklahoma head coach Ryan Hybl said. "It was exciting to get a good round underneath our belt. And the second round, to be honest, we played good all day long. . . . We just kind of struggled coming in and gave up a couple of key shots. We just hope that we get a chance to play some more golf at some point."
With this latest weather delay, one that could be a lengthy, there is even more uncertainty about what will happen with the format. Hybl isn't alone when he says he hopes the teams can still get in 54 holes of stroke play.
"The most exciting day in college golf is the third round of the team championship, so I'm hoping that we get that opportunity and our kids get that opportunity," Hybl said.
But until an official announcement is made, the teams will have to wait and see.
"Not knowing, probably not the best," said Winstead.
Said Hybl: "The guys know that there's a chance that this could be it for us as far as playing, but we're hoping we get to play some more golf."