HUMBLE, Texas ?-Oklahoma State fired a tournament-low 292 to move past first-round leader Texas after the second round of the Hall of Fame Invitational on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. The Cowboys two-round total of 10-over-par 586 gives them a seven-shot advantage over Texas and East Tennessee State. Anthony Kim of Oklahoma increased his individual lead to eight shots by posting 69 to move to eight-under.
Oklahoma State was lead by Jonathan Moore, who shot two-under on the day to move to even par and a tie for second place. Pablo Martin fired 73 (145, +1) to drop back into a tie for fourth, while Trent Leon stayed in seventh (147, +3). Tyler Leon moved up three spots into a tie for 18th (150, +6).
"We handled adversity better today than yesterday," said Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike McGraw. "We went quadruple, double and three bogeys on No. 5 - which was early in the round with a tough wind - and our guys were better able to hold it together. We also played well on 15-18, which was one of the best stretches of golf all-year, period. We’ve been in this situation before - in Puerto Rico when we had a one shot lead over Georgia - and finished third. This will be a good test to see if we can get over the hump tomorrow."
East Tennessee State and Texas are tied for second at 17-over and is followed by Oklahoma (+23), Texas A&M (+25), Purdue (+27), Clemson (+32), Georgia (+33) and South Carolina-Aiken (+34). Arizona (+36) checked in at 10th with TCU (+39), New Mexico (+42), Duke (+45), Arkansas (+46), Vanderbilt (+48), Wake Forest (+52) and Guilford (+57) completing the standings.
Kim - who is the only individual to shot in the 60s and the only player to finish under par both rounds - is followed by Moore and Texas’ Jhonatton Vegas who are eight shots back and tied for second at even par. Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M and Martin (+1) are tied for fourth while East Tennessee State’s Cian McNamara (+2) jumped one slot to sixth. Leon and Stephen Poole of Clemson (+3) stayed in a tie for seventh. East Tennessee State’s Rhys Davies, Drew Laning of TCU, Purdue’s Peter Richardson and Gareth Shaw of East Tennessee State (+4) finished in a four-way to for ninth.
"My success comes from thinking better," said Kim. "I always had the ability to have a good round, but sometimes I went through stretches that weren’t productive, which came from thinking the wrong way. Now I realize that you can’t dominate a course and if a course gives you par, you have to take what it gives. You can’t always fire at all the pins. Sometimes you have to play smart."
Final round action tees off with a shotgun start Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
2006 Hall of Fame Invitational
Second Round Results
Saturday, March 18, 2006
1. Oklahoma State 294-292=586 (+10)
T2. East Tennessee State 295-298=593 (+17)
T2. Texas 293-300=593 (+17)
4. Oklahoma 300-299=599 (+23)
5. Texas A&M 308-293=601 (+25)
6. Purdue 303-300=603 (+27)
7. Clemson 305-303=608 (+32)
8. Georgia` 308-301=609 (+33)
9. South Carolina-Aiken 303-307=610 (+34)
10. Arizona 308-304=612 (+36)
11. TCU 308-307=615 (+39)
12. New Mexico 309-309=618 (+42)
13. Duke 316-305=621 (+45)
14. Arkansas 309-313=622 (+46)
15. Vanderbilt 314-310=624 (+48)
16. Wake Forest 316-312=628 (+52)
17. Guilford 322-311=633 (+57)
Top 10 Individuals
1. Anthony Kim, Oklahoma 67-69=136 (-8)
T2. Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State 74-40=144 (E)
T2. Jhonatton Vegas, Texas 71-73=144 (E)
T4. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M 73-72=145 (+1)
T4. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 72-73=145 (+1)
6. Cian McNamara, East Tennessee State 73-73=146 (+2)
T7. Trent Leon, Oklahoma State 73-74=147 (+3)
T7. Stephen Poole, Clemson 73-74=147 (+3)
T9. Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State 72-76=148 (+4)
T9. Drew Laning, TCU 74-74=148 (+4)
T9. Peter Richardson, Purdue 75-73=148 (+4)
T9. Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee State 72-76=148 (+4)