NORMAN, Okla. -- For the second straight day at the NCAA Men’s Golf Norman Regional, the Bearkats battled through tough playing conditions. On Monday, gusting winds provided the biggest obstacle for the golfers. On Tuesday, the Kats fought through rain and a three-hour lightning delay to post a 1-over round.
They currently sit in 11th place heading into Wednesday’s final round, tied with UMKC.
“I thought we played better today,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “The course set up well to make some shots and I thought we came out and played well early.”
“Austen and Will got us going and we were in good shape early,” Kieschnick said. “It just comes down to making putts. We were right at even and 1-over all day, which means you are right there for a possible 5- or 6-under if you make some putts.”
The 289 on Tuesday was a 12-shot improvement for the Bearkats over Monday’s round. About three hours into the round a storm moved in on the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club on the campus on the University of Oklahoma, stopping play for nearly three hours.
“Over the course of the year, we have been in situations like that, so it’s just about keeping focus,” Holcomb said. “You just have to adjust and when you step on to that tee box it all starts up again and you follow your routine.”
As a team the Kats, who started the day playing on No. 10, were even par the rest of the day following the stoppage of play.
In addition to Holcomb, Noah Steele was also 1-under on the day, opening with nine straight pars. After a bogey on No. 1 (his 10th hole), Steele bounced back with birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 and reminded 1-under the rest of the round.
Levi Valadez finished the day at 1-over, opening with a bogey and then followed with 8 straight pars to close out his first nine holes. After a bogey on hole No. 1, Valadez birdied No. 3 and remained at 1-over the rest of the way.
Christiansen’s eagle on No. 10 to start the day was his only hole under par. He had bogeys on Nos. 12, 17, 4 and 9 to finish the day 2-over.
Jake McCrory, who battled back issues all round, struggled early, playing his opening nine holes at 7-over, closed the day with nine consecutive pars.
The Kats will tee off at 8:55 on Wednesday morning and will be paired with Arkansas and UMKC.