Feb. 29, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf team concluded play at the 23rd annual Southwestern Intercollegiate Golf Classic Tuesday, firing a final-round score of 287 at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. OU's score was the fourth-best team round of the day, however, the Sooners remained in 12th place overall. Arizona State captured the team championship by shooting a 279 in the final round to overtake BYU. The OU men's second team finished competing at the St. Mary's Spring Invitational at San Antonio, Texas, Tuesday, finishing in a tie for second place.

At the Southwestern Intercollegiate, Cooper Johnson was the Sooners' top finisher, tying for 21st place at 219. Senior Chris James shot a final round of 70, finishing the tournament at 224 and tying for 37th. Ryan Lavoie of Oregon took the individual title by firing a 211 (-2).

"We played very solid today and this is how we should have played yesterday," said head coach Gregg Grost. "If we had played this well yesterday, we would have had a shot at winning."

At the St. Mary's Invitational, the Sooner second team shot 600 overall to tie for second place with two other teams. Paris Junior College took home the championship, firing a 599 team score. Junior Kelsey Cline was Oklahoma's top finisher, tying for eighth.

"We thought we could win the tournament today," said assistant coach Brian Johnson. "After yesterday's scores we made a good comeback. We hit the ball well both days, but we had putts go in for us today and that was the difference."

The OU golf team will be in action next on March 13-14 at the Louisiana Classic in Lafeyette, La.