TUCSON, Ariz. — Senior red shirt chris gotterup shone for OU men’s golf on Friday in the first two rounds of the men’s NIT to sit in the top 10 heading into the final day of play.

Gotterup (8, -8) posted back-to-back rounds in the 60s to grab eighth place over 36 holes at the two-day, 54-hole tournament held annually at the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National. The Sooner led Oklahoma (T3, -18) on the day the Sooners are looking for their 27th top three in their last 28 events.

No. 1 Oklahoma struggled early in the event, posting just a 5-under card in the first round of the day to sit tied for ninth-18. But the head coach Ryan HyblThe team returned to form in the afternoon session, looking more like the team that had won three tournaments in a row. Three Sooners birdied their first two holes to start the afternoon, building momentum that carried them through the round. A 275 (-13) in the second round moved the Crimson and Cream to a tie for third going into Saturday’s final round.

Gotterup led the way, catching fire in the second round by signing three birdies and an eagle on 13 holes before closing with a pair of bogeys offset by two more birdies to cash a 67 (-5). His first-round card of 69 (-3) puts him at -8 on the week and four behind the lead.

Patrick Welsch (T12, -6), who took medal honors at Southern Highlands, improved on his first-round score of 70 (-2) by birding six en route to an afternoon 68 (-4).

The 68 corresponding to Welch was Logan McAllister (T23, -3). The senior All-American struggled in the morning session and signed for his first over-par round since last fall’s East Lake Cup, when he closed with a 73 (+ 1). However, he responded in the afternoon by drawing a clean card powered by four birdies to move into a tie for 23rd.

Drew Goodman and Stephen Campbell Jr. used 72 back to back (E) to share the 46th.

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