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OU to Play Inaugural A&M Invite
April 15, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team travels to Texas for the third consecutive time as they play in the inaugural Texas A&M Invitational Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

The tournament will be held at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, which opened in 2004. Co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, the course is one of the most challenging on the schedule, measuring 7,235 yards with multiple bunkers and water hazards throughout the heavily-wooded course.

The first two rounds of the 54-hole tournament will be played on Saturday with the final round of 18 played on Sunday.

A&M Invitational Notes (PDF)

Sophomore Anthony Kim heads the Sooners’ lineup. The La Quinta, Calif., native is the No. 37 on the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index with a 70.63 rating and leads the Sooners with a 72.43 stroke average. Kim finished in the three-way tie for fifth-place at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate two weeks ago.

Nick Sheedy fills the No. 2 slot. The sophomore from Burlington, Iowa, recorded his best Division I career finish at the Morris Williams, tying for eighth. The transfer from Odessa College has improved with each tournament and this weekend should prove no exception as the entire field, aside from the Aggies, are rookies on the course.

Completing the lineup are junior Justin Fraley, freshman Phillip Bryan and junior Shawn LaFontaineduplicating the lineup the Sooners used to place sixth at their last tournament.

The Texas A&M Invitational will be the Aggies’ first regular-season home tournament since hosting a four-team event at the A&M Golf Course in College Station in the fall of 1975. Houston won that event with a team that included Nick Faldo and Keith Fergus.

Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com and a full recap of each day’s action will be available on
SoonerSports.com.

THE TEXAS A&M INVITATIONAL FIELD

(NR/37) Baylor (NR/39) Oklahoma
(NR/31) Kent State (1/1) Oklahoma State
(21/21) Michigan State (NR/29) Southern Methodist
(5/5) New Mexico (19/17) Texas
Northwestern (NR/33) Texas A&M "A"
Notre Dame Texas A&M "B"
Ohio State (NR/30) Texas Tech
(GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Top 25 and Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Top 50 Rankings)

THE TEXAS A&M INVITATIONAL 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

7/7

21

1,521

66

72.43

Career

17/17

54

3,895

66

72.11

 

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

3/3

9

674

70

74.89

Career

3/3

9

674

70

74.89

 

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

3/3

9

684

71

76.00

Career

3/3

9

684

71

76.00

 

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

6/6

18

1,366

66

75.89

Career

6/6

18

1,366

66

75.89

 

Shawn LaFontaine
Junior - Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

At Odessa College (Fall 2002-Fall 2004): 2004 NJCAA and AJGA All-American ... member of 2004 NJCAA Division I National Champion Odessa College men’s golf team ... helped Odessa to an undefeated season (119-0) and 14 tournament titles during the 2003-2004 season ... lost the individual national title in a one-hole playoff ... was also named all-region, all-conference and all-state in 2003 and 2004 ... was runner-up to teammate Justin Fraley in the 2004 Texas State Junior College Championship ... WJCAC Conference Championship individual medalist in 2004 ... winner of nine individual titles ... had 26 top-10 finishes in 30 tournaments.

 

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

4/3

12

902

68

75.17

Career

4/3

12

902

68

75.17

MORRIS WILLIAMS INTERCOLLEGIATE RECAP

The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished sixth overall at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate Tuesday, April 5, in Austin, Texas.

The Sooners scored a 6-over 895 as they shot their lowest round of the tournament, 294, over the final 18.

Sophomores Anthony Kim and Nick Sheedy each placed in the top 10, firing final rounds of 74 and 72, respectively. Both recorded their best finishes of the spring.

Kim finished the three-round tournament in a tie for fifth with a 4-over 220. The La Quinta, Calif., native finished eight strokes behind individual medalist Richard Gries of Florida. Gries’ even-par final round extended his lead over second place to five strokes.

Sheedy, who matched Gries with his own even-par final round, moved up ten spots over the final 18 holes to a tie for eighth.

Florida captured the team title, counting 872 strokes to finish 8 over. The Gators held a 10-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma State.

Junior Justin Fraley finished tied for 40th at 14 over. The Rowlett, Texas, native improved from disappointing first and second rounds, shooting a career best 71 on the final day.

Freshman Phillip Bryan tied for 45th, one stroke behind Fraley, counting 231 total strokes.

Junior Shawn LaFontaine completed the Sooners’ lineup, finishing in a tie for 67th.

Senior Craig Lurie, playing independently, finished tied for 69th.

The Sooners make a third consecutive trip to Texas for the inaugural Texas A&M Intercollegiate April 16-17 before heading back to the Lone Star State again two weeks later for the Big 12 Championship.

2004-05 TEAM RECORDS
Record (vs. Division I teams): 54-56-2 (.491)

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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