Feb. 28, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf competed in two separate invitationals on Monday. OU's top team is currently in 12th place after two rounds of play at the Southwestern Intercollegiate in Westlake Village, Calif. Oklahoma also sent a team to participate in the St. Mary's University Spring Invitational in San Antonio,Texas. The Sooners are in sixth place out of a 26 team field with a first round score of 310.

Facing tough conditions at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, OU shot consecutive rounds of 302 to end the day at 604 (+28). The tournament leader is BYU, who shot 571 (+3), followed by Arizona State at 577.

Individually, Oregon's Ryan Lavoie shot rounds of 69 and 70 to end the opening day at three-under par (139). Oregon State's John Lepak is one stroke back at 140, while Parker McLachlin of UCLA is one-under par (141). OU's top player after two rounds is Cooper Johnson, who is tied for 34th at 149.

"We played about as poorly as we can play, and I don't have an explanation for it," said Grost. "I don't know why we play like this, considering how we were playing before we went on the road. The only thing I can say is that we will come back tomorrow ready to play."

Grost said that the North Ranch Country Club golf course had received a tremendous amount of rain the past week, and the roughs could not be mowed. "With the course how it is, it makes it that more important to put the ball in play. We are not doing that," said Grost.

Assistant coach Brian Johnson has OU's second team ready to challenge for the St. Mary's Invitational title on Tuesday. The tournament is being played at Cedar Creek Golf Club. Sooner sophomore Adam Cox shot a 73 (+1), and is in a tie for third place.

"I felt like we didn't get the ball in the hole like we should have today," said Johnson. "We had a little trouble reading the greens and making the putts, but I feel like our five guys are talent-wise better that all the schools in the tournament. If we put one solid round together tomorrow, we could make a run for the title."