Nov. 14, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf Head Coach Jim Ragan announced Wednesday the signing of two outstanding junior golfer's to play at Oklahoma beginning in the fall of 2002.
"I am very excited about signing Jim Renner and Robert Stone," said Ragan. "Both have had successful junior careers and will fit well into our program and what we are trying to accomplish."
Both players gave early verbal commitments to the Sooners. Renner committed in late August and Stone committed in early September.
Jim Renner resides in Plainville, Mass., and attends Bishop Feehan High School. Renner enjoyed a successful junior career capped off this fall by being named the Massachusetts Golf Association Junior Player of the Year, as well as the Boston Globe Player of the Year. His highlights from this past summer included becoming the youngest player in the 98-year history of the Massachusetts Men's Amateur to reach the finals. Renner also finished second at the prestigious World Junior in San Diego, advanced to the second round of match play at the United States Junior Amateur, finished ninth at the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Junior, won the Attleboro Men's Open and shot a course record 64 at Highland Country Club.
Renner has a long history of good play. He won the Optimist International Championship at age 15 and finished eighth in the same event at age 14 and 16. He was also a runner-up in the New England Junior and CYO Junior at age 14.
"Jim is a talented player that has a lot of ability which, I'm really excited about," said coach Ragan. "He has made the most of his opportunities in competitive tournaments throughout his junior career and will be a welcome addition to our program and is eager to play for the University of Oklahoma. I feel fortunate to get him and am looking forward to having the opportunity to coach Jim throughout his college career," said Ragan.
Robert Stone resides in Dallas, Texas, and attends Highland Park High School, which has won the Texas State High School Championship the past two years. Stone led the way for his team with a second-place individual finish in the state high school championship last spring. He chose Oklahoma over Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor.
Stone is a very talented player who has made it a habit of being one of the top-finishers in competitive junior tournaments around the country. This past summer he posted three top-10 finishes in national events. Stone finished fifth at the AJGA Boys Championship, fourth at the AJGA Compaq Junior Classic at English Turn and sixth at the AJGA Texace in San Antonio. Stone also had his share of top-20 finishes in the summer of 2001 in which he finished 17th at both the historic Western Junior and AJGA Arizona Junior Classic and posted a 19th place finish at the AJGA Greater Greensboro Chrysler Junior.
"I am excited about having Robert join our team," said Ragan. "He is a quality player with a lot of ability. Robert brings a lot of national experience with him to OU and understands how to excel in a competitive team environment. I am proud to have him on our team and look forward to working closely with him during his stay at the University of Oklahoma".