TULSA, Okla. -- The No. 18 ranked Texas men's golf team is currently in third place after rain and lightning stopped play at the 2006 Big 12 Championship on Monday in Tulsa, Okla. at the Southern Hills Country Club. Seniors Matthew Rosenfeld and Jeff Bell at both tied for fifth place before the second of two scheduled rounds could be completed.
Texas' golfers have between three and six holes remaining to play to finish the second round. The Longhorns are a combined six over par in the second, incomplete round to move to third in the current standings.
Before the horn was blow to stop play for the second time at 6:52 p.m. this evening, the Longhorns posted a combined score of five over par 285 to tie for first place with Oklahoma. Close behind the Longhorns and Sooners is No. 13 Baylor, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 16 Texas Tech all with scores of nine over par 289.
The Longhorn contingent consists of Bell and Rosenfeld both Plano, Texas, senior Matthew Millis from London England, junior Jhonattan Vegas from Maturin, Venezuela and freshman Randy Lowry from Spring Lake, Texas.
Bell led UT with an opening round of even par 70. Opening on the back nine, Bell was two under through his first four holes with three birdies and a bogey. Bell closed his first nine with four pars and bogey to move to one under. On the front nine, Bell shot one over with a heartbreaking double bogey on the par four, seventh hole to finish even par. Bell still has six holes to play in his second round.
For Rosenfeld, the back nine started well with three straight pars and birdie, but ended with three bogey, a birdie and one par to push him to one over. Rosenfeld finished the front nine at even par after he boged the par four, third but birdied the par three, sixth hole. Rosenfeld finished with a one over par 71 for his lowest opening round of the season and still has three holes to play in his second round.
Mills sits in 12th place with three holes left to play in the second round after shooting a first round even par 70. This marks Mills' first trip to the Big 12 Championship. For the year, Mills is averaging just over 73 or one stroke over par for a round. Mills leads the team with a 72.87 per round average.
Vegas has six holes left to play and sits in a tie for 27th after shooting an opening round of four over par 74. Lowry is not far behind in his first Big 12 Championship as a rookie with a first round card of seven over par 77. Lowry has only three holes left to play in the second round and is just three two shots behind 2005 Big 12 medalist Anthony Kim of Oklahoma.
The Big 12 Championship was scheduled to be 36 holes of golf on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The second round will continue at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Final pairings will be released after the second round has been officially concluded and team scores tallied.