HUMBLE, Texas Anthony Kim ran away with his second consecutive tournament title, and the University of Oklahoma men’s golf team recorded its highest finish of the season, tying for third place at the Hall of Fame Invitational at Redstone Golf Club.
Kim started the day with an eight stroke advantage over Jonathan Moore of Oklahoma State and Texas’ Jhonatton Vegas. Kim and Moore both shot rounds of even-par 72 in the final round, while Vegas dropped to fifth with a three-over 75, giving Kim the eight shot victory.
The junior from La Quinta, Calif. was the only player in the field to finish the tournament in red numbers after recording rounds of 67, 69 and 72 at Redstone’s 7,422-yard, par-72 tournament course. The Hall of Fame title is Kim’s second in as many tournaments, and the eight stroke margin of victory was his widest of the season. He also won the Ashworth Invitational, Feb. 27-28, by seven shots over Zack Miller of Stanford.
The third place team finish for Oklahoma was one place better than its previous season-best, a tie for fourth at the Ashworth. The Sooners finished at 899 (+35), 19 shots back of team champion Oklahoma State.
The high finish will almost certainly boost OU’s standing in the polls as the team finished higher than several highly-ranked teams including consensus No. 1 Georgia, No. 12/14 Clemson, No. 13/10 Duke, No. 14/13 East Tennessee State, No. 22/19 Wake Forest and No. 23/25 New Mexico.
Senior Brodie Flanders shot a final-round 76 to finish in a tie for 41st at 230 (+14). Sophomore Phillip Bryan carded 78 while junior Nick Sheedy recorded a two-over 74 to complete Oklahoma’s final round score. Bryan, Sheedy and senior Justin Fraley all tied for 57th overall at 234 (+18). Senior Shawn LaFontaine, playing as an individual entrant, shot rounds of 79, 77 and 79 to tie for 63rd.
For Kim, the Hall of Fame victory is the fifth of his career. The two-time All-American and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year was the 2005 Big 12 champion as well as being co-champion of the inaugural Texas A&M Aggie Invitational. He also took home the title at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate as a freshman in 2004.
Next up for the streaking Sooners is the Morris Williams Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Texas in Austin, April 3-4.
|5.||East Tennessee State||295||298||308||901||(+37)|
|1.||Anthony Kim, Oklahoma||67||69||72||208||(-8)|
|2.||Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State||74||70||72||216||(E)|
|3.||Robert Gates, Texas A&M||74||76||67||217||(+1)|
|4.||Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State||72||73||73||218||(+2)|
|5.||Jhonatton Vegas, Texas||71||73||75||219||(+3)|
*Played as an individual entrant