Oct. 26, 1999

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team closed out its fall campaign today as it moved from 11th to ninth place in the 15-team field at the Gary Koch/Cleveland Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at the Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. After turning in rounds of 303 and 306 yesterday, OU fired a 295 today to record its fourth top-10 finish this fall with 904 strokes (+40). North Florida outdistanced Auburn by three strokes to take team honors.

The Sooners were paced by sophomore J.D. Robertson, who shot a closing-round 75 (+3) to tie for 15th with a score of 222. Senior Chris James turned in a 73, his best effort during the two-day event to finish with 224 (+8) strokes overall and in a tie for 25th. Junior Kelsey Cline scored a 73 as well, also a tournament best, to tie for 26th (225, +9). Competing in his second tournament on the season, senior Cooper Johnson finished in a tie for 60th with a final-round 76 (235, +19). Freshman John Kidwell rounded out the list of OU competitors as he posted a final-day 74 (238, +22) to finish 65th.

Oklahoma's spring season begins Feb. 23-25, as the Sooners travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the John Burns Intercollegiate.

Team Finishes

 1. North Florida        292-294-288=874 (+10)

 2. Auburn               297-290-290=877 (+13)

 3. Georgia State        294-294-292=880 (+16)

 4. Mississippi          296-298-293=887 (+23)

 5. Tennessee            298-286-304=888 (+24)

 6. South Florida        291-305-297=893 (+29)

 7. Florida              304-292-300=896 (+32)

 8. Maryland             303-294-304=901 (+37)

 9. Oklahoma             303-306-295=904 (+40)

10. Kentucky             298-307-301=906 (+42)

11. Alabama              301-304-306=911 (+47)

12. Charleston College   307-305-303=915 (+51)

13. Florida State        309-301-310=920 (+56)

14. South Alabama        311-304-309=924 (+60)

15. Central Florida      314-321-320=955 (+91) 

Top Five Individuals

1. Erik Labitzke, North Florida        70-69-72=211 (-5)

2. Roland Thatcher, Auburn             70-72-70=212 (-4)

3. David Bennett, North Florida        71-73-72=216 (E)

4. Jack Croyle, Georgia State          70-72-76=218 (+2)

    Jon Harlett, Ole Miss              73-72-73=218 (+2)

    D.J. Fiese, Georgia State          73-76-69=218 (+2)

    Patrick Watermeir, South Florida   69-77-72=218 (+2)

    C. Conrad-Prader, Tennessee        75-72-71=218 (+2) 

Oklahoma Finishers

T15. J.D. Roberston   73-74-75=222 (+6)

T25. Chris James      74-77-73=224 (+8)

T26. Kelsey Cline     75-77-73=225 (+9)

T60. Cooper Johnson   81-78-76=235 (+19)

65.  John Kidwell     81-83-74=238 (+22)