HUMBLE, TexasThe University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished first-round play at the Hall of Fame Invitational tied for fourth place.
The Sooners ended the first day at the par-72, 7,352-yard Redstone Golf Course with a score of 292 (+4). TCU leads the field of 19 with a 3 under 285.
The Sooners were impressive on the first day, keeping pace with No. 1 Oklahoma State and fourth-ranked New Mexico.
Sophomore Anthony Kim finished the first day in a seven-way tie for third place at 2 under. The La Quinta, Calif., native trails Wake Forest’s Kyle Reifers (-6) and New Mexico’s Charlie Beljan (-3).
Kim’s day started inauspiciously with a bogey on 10, but the All-American finished with four birdies on 13, 15, 17 and 1. His only other bogey came on 16, a par-4, 474-yard hole on which 59 of the 108 players missed par.
Next on the leaderboard for Oklahoma was its pair of freshmen, Phillip Bryan and Jordi Garca. The duo finished first-round action in a tie for 19th at 1 over.
Bryan stayed in the top 10 through 16 holes, but double-bogeyed the 10th and fell over par.
Garca started the tournament with birdies on two of his first six holes. However, the Spaniard bogeyed four of his next seven before a birdie on 7 preserved his 19th place.
Junior Shawn LaFontaine, playing unattached from the team, finished 18 holes in 74 strokes, tying for 28th. The Cobourg, Ontario, native scored an impressive birdie, one of two on the day, on the same par-4, 474-yard 10th hole that bit the most of the field.
Rounding out the Sooners’ lineup were sophomore Nick Sheedy and junior Justin Fraley.
Sheedy finished the first round with a 4 over 76 while Fraley, hampered early by back-to-back double bogeys on 17 and 18, ended at 6 over par.
Saturday’s second round begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Shotgun start. Kim and Garca will begin on the first hole while Bryan, Sheedy and Fraley will start on 3, 4 and 5, respectively. LaFontaine begins his round on the 18th.