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2006 NCAA Championships Preview
May 30, 2006

NORMAN, Okla.   After a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional at Sand Ridge Golf Club just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, the Big 12 champion University of Oklahoma men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years and the 30th time in school history.

The 109th annual Division I Men’s Golf Championships, hosted by the University of Portland, will be held at the Crosswater Golf Club at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., May 31-June 3.

Competing for the Sooners will be Anthony Kim, Shawn LaFontaine, Justin Fraley, Phillip Bryan  and Brodie Flanders.

Kim, a two-time All-American and a unanimous All-Big 12 selection in 2006, won back-to-back tournament titles by a total of 15 strokes in his junior campaign.  At the Ashworth Invitational (Feb. 27-28), the La Quinta, Calif., native recorded three consecutive under-par rounds to earn medalist honors by seven shots over Stanford’s Zack Miller.

In the Sooners’ next event, the Hall of Fame Invitational (March 17-19), Kim once again dominated the field by firing rounds of 67, 69 and 72 to take a tournament-record eight shot victory over Jonathan Moore of Oklahoma State.

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OU improved dramatically over the course of the spring season, posting top-five finishes in five events, headlined by the school’s first-ever Big 12 championship.

At famed Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the Sooners turned in a classic team performance, setting a new tournament record with all five players finishing in the top 14 individually.

Three players, seniors Brodie Flanders and Shawn LaFontaine and sophomore Phillip Bryan turned in career-best finishes.

Bryan, a 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Team member from Mustang, Okla., fired a pair of 71s in the final two rounds and played his final nine holes in 2-under fashion to earn a tie for 11th place.
A native of Cobourg, Ontario, LaFontaine, in second place with Flanders after carding a 1-under-par 69 in the first round, finished in a tie for ninth.

Fellow Canadian  Flanders, whose previous career-best finish was a tie for 13th at the 2006 Morris Williams Intercollegiate, recorded rounds of 69, 72 and 71 to finish as the conference runner-up.

Oklahoma earned a berth in the championship field by finishing in the top 10 at the Central Regional.  The Sooners stood precariously close to the qualifying cutoff after the second round, but once again turned in a solid team effort on the final 18 to finish well within the cut line at 877 (+25).

“We had some adversity and we got into a position where we had to play well and the guys stepped up and did it when they needed it,” said OU head coach and 2006 Big 12 Coach of the Year Jim Ragan.  “Once again it was very much a team effort.  We needed everybody to play well to have the success that we had this week.  The Central Region had lot of strong teams and I was very proud of our effort to be able to come out and put together a good final round and do what needed to do to advance.”

The significance of competing in the NCAA Championships is not lost on these Sooners, who missed out on the event last year after finishing 22nd at regionals when three OU players were stricken with food poisoning the night before the tournament.

“Having the opportunity to participate in the NCAA finals is very rewarding,” Ragan said.  “We’re looking forward to having that opportunity and getting out there and competing.”

Kim, who missed qualifying for the 2005 finals as an individual by one shot, made sure this year’s squad didn’t miss out on the opportunity to compete for a national title.

“We were well-prepared to make it through and we are peaking at the right time,” Kim said.  “I think we all expected to make it through and now we are just looking forward to nationals.”

Kim is the only player on the Sooner team with NCAA finals experience, finishing in a tie for 55th individually as a freshman in 2004.

This year’s squad is hardly devoid of championship pedigree, however.  While teammates at Odessa College, Fraley and LaFontaine led the Wranglers to the 2004 NJCAA Division I National Championship.

The 2006 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships consists of a 30-team field, as well as the six top individuals from non-qualifying teams.  The field will be cut to 15 teams and the top six individuals on non-advancing teams prior to Saturday’s final round.   

Crosswater Golf Club has hosted a number of prestigious events in the past, including the 2000 NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship, 2001 PGA Club Professional’s Championship, 2003 NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship, 2004 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, and the 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Western Regional.

Designed by Bob Cupp, the par-72 Crosswater course will play a formidable 7,630 yards.

Sooner golf fans can follow live scoring of the event at www.golfstat.com.

109th NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships Field

Seed Team
1. Oklahoma State
2. Arizona
3. Georgia
4. Florida
5. Arizona State
6. Texas A&M
7. Texas Tech
8. Georgia Tech
9. North Carolina
10. BYU
11. UCLA
12. Clemson
13. East Tennessee State
14. Duke
15. UNLV
16. Wake Forest
17. Northwestern
18. Washington
19. Coastal Carolina
20. Lamar
21. North Carolina State
22. Charlotte
23. Minnesota
24. Oklahoma
25. Loyola Marymount
26. Auburn
27. South Carolina
28. Pepperdine
29. Kentucky
30. Nevada

Crosswater Course Layout
Click on a hole to view detail.

Hole Name

Par

Yards

1 Due South

4

386

2 Water 'n' Woods

5

582

3 Sunrise

3

183

4 Left Begone

4

413

5 Little Deschutes

4

460

6 Cupp Crossin'

5

635

7 Windy Gate

3

193

8 Lupine Alley

4

427

9 Bachelor

4

456

OUT

36

3,735

10 Coyote

4

412

11 Pioneer

4

480

12 Endless

5

687

13 Osprey

3

148

14 Big Deschutes

4

468

15 Lone Pine

4

414

16 Marsh Corner

5

598

17 Homestead

3

232

18 Wee Burn

4

456

IN

36

3,895

OUT

36

3,735

TOTAL

72

7,630

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