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Strong Field Awaits Sooners in Hawaii
February 06, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men's golf team is headed to Hawaii this week (Feb. 8-10) for the 21-team University of Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. 

The three-day event will feature one of the strongest fields the Sooners will face this season, including 10 teams ranked in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Ratings and two of the top three teams in the nation (Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State). 

“We’re really looking forward to going to Hawaii to play in some great weather against a very, very competitive field," OU head coach Jim Ragan said. "This is probably the strongest field we’re going to face this spring until we get to the postseason."

Competing for Sooners will be seniors Shawn LaFontaine, Justin Fraley and Brodie Flanders, junior Nick Sheedy and sophomore Phillip Bryan

The Sooners should have a good deal of confidence heading to Hawaii after going toe-to-toe with a consensus top-10 Tennessee Volunteers squad in a match play duel Jan. 20-21 in San Diego, Calif.  OU took Tennessee to the final hole in two matches before eventually falling 5-3. 

Oklahoma expects its strong play to continue in Hawaii.  In their last visit to Waikoloa Village for the 2005 Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate, the Sooners fired a three-round total of 845 (-19).

"It’s going to be a stern test," Ragan said.  "We’re going to get to see where we stand and see how we’ve improved since the fall.”

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