May 27, 2009

Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics

TOLEDO, Ohio - Oklahoma State's men's golf team fired a 280 during its second round at the NCAA Championship on Wednesday to take sole possession of first place at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

OSU endured a four-and-a-half hour rain delay toward the end of its round before finishing with a 4-under score to move back to even par for the tournament. The Cowboys' two-day total of 568 put them five strokes ahead of Georgia, which entered the day tied with OSU for first place. The Bulldogs' 573 total is two shots better than Texas A&M and Michigan.

Play was suspended for the day due to darkness with half of the 30-team field still on the course. Play will resume tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. (EST) with the third round set to follow at approximately 10 a.m.

Georgia's Russell Henley and North Carolina State's Matt Hill are the leaders in the clubhouse at 4-under 138, while San Diego's Alex Ching is at 6-under par for the tournament with seven holes remaining in his second round.

The Cowboys finished under par for the day after recording four scores of par or better and have two players in the top 10 with one round of stroke play remaining.

Freshman Morgan Hoffmann and senior Trent Leon both stand at 1-under 141 and are tied for 10th place.

Hoffmann fired a 2-under 69 on Wednesday that included three birdies, two double bogeys and eagles at Nos. 8 and 13, both par 5s.

Leon made the turn at 3-over 38 before playing bogey-free golf on the back nine. The Dallas, Texas, native carded birdies at the 11th and 12th holes and got back to even with a birdie at the 16th before closing his round with a birdie at the 18th.

Sophomore Rickie Fowler joined Hoffmann and Leon in red figures with a 1-under 70 to move to even-par 140 and a tie for 16th place.

Sophomore Kevin Tway and freshman Peter Uihlein were among the group tied for 35th place at 145.

Tway came in at even-par 71, while Uihlein posted a 72 during his second round to move into the group at 3-over par.

OSU will look to wrap up a spot in the match play portion of the tournament with tomorrow's final round. The top eight teams in the standings after tomorrow's third round will move on to match play, which is set to begin Friday morning at the par-71, 7,255-yard layout.