- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.
1. Don’t look now but the Oklahoma Sooners are within striking distance of an NCAA men’s golf championship. Heading into today’s final round, OU is tied with North Florida for fourth place at 13-over-par (581). Coach Ryan Hybl’s squad is nine strokes behind the leader, Alabama (572). The top eight teams advance to a three-day match play tournament to decide a team champion.
Junior Abraham Ancer is the Sooners' top individual golfer at an even-par 142. It's been a roller coaster ride during the first two days for Ancer, who has nine birdies and nine bogeys in 36 holes. He's tied for eighth place and is five strokes behind the leader Thomas Pieters of Illinois (five-under 137).
2. The men’s golf team isn’t the only OU squad in the finals of an NCAA championship. The Sooner softball team begins Women’s College World Series play against South Florida today at noon in Oklahoma City. OU is one of the strongest teams in the eight-team tournament with Keilani Ricketts, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, leading the way. Dominant pitching often decides a champion and OU has one of the best in the nation in Ricketts.
3, The Big 12 meetings are underway in Kansas City and interim commissioner Chuck Neinas told the Associated Press that the conference is “in favor of taking the four-highest ranked teams” to participate in the four-team football playoff to decide a champion. That stance mirrors the desires of the SEC as the two conferences continue to strengthen their relationship.
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