April 15, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 24th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team will travel to Bryan, Texas, this week to compete in the Aggie Invitational, the Sooners' final regular season tournament of the year. The 11-team, 54-hole event, hosted by Texas A&M, will be held at the 7,146-yard, par-72 Traditions Club on Saturday and Sunday (April 16-17).
"We're really excited to get back on the road again," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "It's a 6-count-5 (scoring system), which gives us the opportunity to go deep into our lineup. It's a great opportunity and a great test for our boys."
Oklahoma will face a tough group of opponents, as six other teams are ranked in the top 50 nationally, four of them in the top 20. Ranked opponents include No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 Texas, No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 38 Kent State and No. 47 Baylor. Also competing in the tournament are New Mexico, SMU, Tulsa and UTSA.
The Aggie Invitational will give the Sooners a good look at the upcoming Big 12 Championship (April 25-27) in Hutchinson, Kan., as the tournament includes five other schools from the conference.
"It's definitely going to be a tough tournament down there with a lot of our Big 12 competitors," said Hybl. "We look forward to the challenge."
Since the start of its spring slate, Oklahoma has played consistently strong golf, carding a first-place finish at the Desert Shootout (April 17-19), second-place finishes at the Oak Hills Invitational (Feb. 14-15) and the Border Olympics (April 25-26) and a sixth-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 20-22). The Sooners look to carry that momentum into their final regular season tournament.
OU's lineup will include senior Ryan Sirman, junior Riley Pumphrey, sophomores Abraham Ancer and Will Kropp and freshmen Eduardo Castiello and Michael Schoolcraft.
In 2006, the last time Oklahoma participated in the Aggie Invitational, the Sooners finished tied for eighth. OU's fourth-place finish in 2005 was fueled by co-tournament champion Anthony Kim, who shot a 6-under-par 210.
Five individual scores per round will count toward each team's total at this year's event. The first two rounds will be played Saturday with the final round scheduled for Sunday.
OU tees off at 7:30 a.m. (CT) on Saturday.
Live scoring for the Aggie Invitational will be available at Golfstat.com. Pictures and updates will also be available at @AggieInvite on Twitter.