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Men's Golf Spends Spring Break in Texas
March 17, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team competes in Humble, Texas, at the Hall of Fame Invitational starting Friday, March 18.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the Golf Coaches Association of America and the University of Texas, will be played at the Redstone Golf Club. The 18-hole, 7,508-yard golf course at Redstone was designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. It is also home to the Houston area’s only PGA Tour stop.

Leading the Sooners in Texas will be 2004 All-American and NCAA Freshman of the Year Anthony Kim. The La Quinta, Calif., native finished tied for 12th at the 2004 Hall of Fame. Kim is the only golfer in this week’s lineup who competed for the Sooners last year.

Hall of Fame Notes (PDF)

Freshman Phillip Bryan will make his fifth career start Friday. Bryan aims to continue the performance he displayed during Oklahoma’s last tournament in Puerto Rico.

The Mustang, Okla., native finished the first round in second place after shooting a career best 66. He completed day two in seventh before struggling on the final day and falling into a tie, along with Kim, for 40th.

Junior Justin Fraley, sophomore Nick Sheedy and freshman Jordi Garca will all make their second starts as Sooners.

Fraley, a junior college transfer, finished tied for 43rd, one stroke behind Kim and Bryan, at the Puerto Rico Classic in his first Divison I competition.

Sheedy placed 33rd in his first experience at OU during The Prestige at PGA West last fall. The Burlington, Iowa, native improved each round.

Garca last competed for the Sooners at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in February. The young Spaniard struggled the first two days but fired a 68 in the third round, moving 21 places up the leaderboard the final day.

The Sooners have traditionally played well at Redstone, but will face stiff competition from eight top-25 teams.

Water will also be a factortwice, actually. Six of the course’s 18 holes feature serious water hazards and, to make matters worse, isolated thunderstorms are expected in the Houston area Friday.

First-round play begins with a Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

THE HALL OF FAME INVITATIONAL FIELD

(21/30) Arizona (NR/29) Purdue
Arkansas Rice
California South Carolina-Aiken*
Gustavus Adolphus (9/11) TCU
Houston (11/25) Texas
(22/21) Kentucky Texas A&M
(4/4) New Mexico (15/6) UNLV
(1/1) Oklahoma State Vanderbilt
Oklahoma (6/5) Wake Forest
Penn State

(GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Top 25 and Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Top 50 Rankings)
*No. 1 in the GCAA Division II Coaches Poll

THE HALL OF FAME LINEUP

Anthony Kim
Sophomore - La Quinta, Calif.

Fall 2004: Led the Sooners in the first two fall tournaments ... finished second at the Intercollegiate at the Ridges ... recorded two team-best low rounds of 68 ... tied for 14th at the Windon Memorial Classic ... finished 22nd at The Prestige.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2003-04

11/11

33

2,374

67

71.94

2004-05

5/5

15

1,085

66

72.33

Career

16/16

48

3,459

66

72.06

 

Phillip Bryan
Freshman - Mustang, Okla.

Fall 2004: Started in all three fall tournaments ... has finished tied with teammate Brodie Flanders in each tournament ... posted a three-round total of 224 at the Ridges Intercollegiate ... scored 229 at the Windon Memorial ... shot 236 at The Prestige.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

4/4

12

911

66

75.91

Career

4/4

12

911

66

75.91

 

Nick Sheedy
Sophomore - Burlington, Iowa

Fall 2004: Made one fall start at The Prestige ... improved three strokes per round, shooting 81-78-75, in his first tournament as a Sooner.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

1/1

3

234

75

78.00

Career

1/1

3

234

75

78.00

 

Justin Fraley
Junior - Rowlett, Texas

At Odessa College: Member of 2004 NJCAA Division I National Champion Odessa College ... helped Odessa to an undefeated season (119-0) and 14 tournament titles during the 2003-2004 season ... 2004 WJCAC All-Conference honoree at Odessa College ... 2004 Texas State Junior College Individual Champion ... regional champion in 2004 ... WJCAC Conference championship runner-up in 2004 ... won five individual titles ... had 16 top-10 finishes in 24 tournaments.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

1/1

3

223

74

74.33

Career

1/1

3

223

74

74.33

 

Jordi Garca
Freshman - Castillo, Spain

As an Amateur: Has played in two European Teams Championships ... finished eighth and third, respectively ... ended 2004 ranked No. 2 in the Spanish Junior rankings and No. 4 in the Spanish Amateur rankings ... winner of the Spanish Junior International ... finished 10th in the Carris Trophy for English International boys under 18 ... competed in six rounds of the British Boys Match Play Championship.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

1/1

3

214

68

71.33

Career

1/1

3

214

68

71.33

PUERTO RICO CLASSIC RECAP
The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished 11th at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Westin Rio Mar River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

The Sooners shot a 297 in the final round to finish 20 over par for the tournament.

Freshman Phillip Bryan and sophomore Anthony Kim led the Sooners. The pair finished in a tie for 40th.

Bryan, who stayed in the top 10 for two rounds, struggled on the final day. The Mustang, Okla., native needed 82 strokes to finish the final 18 holes. Bryan scored a career-low 66 in the first round and followed that with a 74 in the second.

Kim shot even par in the final round. The La Quinta, Calif., native’s 72 moved him up 11 spots from his 51st-place start.

Georgia Tech matched second-place Florida with a 287 on the final day to preserve a four stroke victory. Florida faltered over the final three holes, counting two double bogeys.

Arizona State’s Alejandro Canizares captured the individual title at 12 under. He led Florida’s James Vargas and Duke’s Nathan Smith by five strokes.

Junior Justin Fraley finished one stroke behind Bryan and Kim in a tie for 43rd. The Rowlett, Texas, native was the most consistent Sooner, shooting rounds of 75, 74 and 74.

Senior Craig Lurie, after a disappointing second round, improved on day three, completing the final 18 in 73 strokes. The Houston, Texas, native tied for 60th.

Junior Shawn LaFontaine ended three rounds in a tie for 70th.

2004-05 TEAM RECORDS
Record (vs. Division I teams): 38-44 (.463)

Team Low Round: 277 (second round, Feb. 10)
Team Low Score (Three rounds): 845 (Feb. 9-11)

Individual Low Round: 66, Anthony Kim (first round, Feb. 9); Phillip Bryan (first round, Feb. 27)
Individual Low Score (Three rounds): 203, Anthony Kim (Feb. 9-11)

 

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