BRYAN, Texas Oklahoma’s Anthony Kim and New Mexico’s Spencer Levin shared top honors at the inaugural Texas A&M Invitational Sunday, April 17.
Kim fired his second consecutive 3-under 69, earning low round honors, as he and Levin counted 210 strokes apiece (-6) to earn the co-championship.
“I don’t think I did anything exceptionally well today,” Kim said. “I just played good-enough.”
The sophomore from La Quinta, Calif., becomes OU’s first tournament champion since he won the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate at Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Feb. 13, 2004.
“I haven’t played very well this spring,” Kim added. “My results have not shown what I am capable of doing. I’ve just now started to play up to my ability.”
Kim’s victory comes on the heels of a 15th-place finish at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston and a fifth-place result two weeks ago at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin.
The Sooners (889, +25) finished fourth overall, matching their best tournament result since the season-opening Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Oklahoma State (870, +6) won the team championship by two strokes over New Mexico. Texas Tech was third at 18 over (882).
“Conditions were tougher today,” OU head coach Jim Ragan said, “and Anthony put on a gutsy performance. He had his moments were he could have let it slip away, but he kept fighting.”
Kim, who started on 5, bogeyed on 12 and 18, but followed those mistakes with birdies on each of the next holes. He finished the final round with a birdie-par-par.
The Sooners, with the sophomore Kim as its only returning letterwinner in today’s lineup, have improved with each spring tournamentearning 18th, 11th, eighth, sixth and now fourth-place finishes.
“This was a golf course that nobody other than Texas A&M had played on before,” Ragan said. “It was a level, fair playing field and I don’t think there’s any question it showed the capability of our team.”
Phillip Bryan was next on the leaderboard for the Sooners. The freshman from Mustang, Okla., shot even for his first time all weekend, moving up 10 spots to finish in a three-way tie for 23rd.
Junior Justin Fraley slipped Sunday after shooting back-to-back 75s on Saturday. The Rowlett, Texas, native shot a 77 on the final day, placing 33rd.
Sophomore Nick Sheedy gained eight positions during the final round. The Burlington, Iowa, native shot his best round of the tournament, a 76, to end tied for 54th.
Junior Shawn LaFontaine completed the Sooners’ lineup, finishing in a tie for 65th.
Oklahoma returns to the links Friday, April 29, for the first round of the Big 12 Championships at Trinity, Texas. The Sooners look to improve on their second-place finish in the 2004 edition of the conference tournament.