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Men's Golf in 10th at NCAA Regionals
May 18, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team is in 10th place after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional at Sand Ridge Golf Club just outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

The Sooners posted a first-round team total of 292 (+8) at Sand Ridge’s 7,137-yard, par-71 layout.

Shawn LaFontaine recorded OU’s low round of the day with a one-over-par 72.  A senior from Cobourg, Ontario, LaFontaine was one-under through 13 holes until a bogey at the 14th.  He double-bogeyed the difficult par-3 17th before a birdie on his final hole.

All-American Anthony Kim and Big 12 runner-up Brodie Flanders shot matching two-over 73s in Thursday’s round.  Both were even-par at the turn.  Flanders made a triple-bogey on the 10th hole, but recovered nicely with birdies at the 14th and 18th.

Kim, a unanimous All-Big 12 selection in 2006, birdied his first hole of the day only to bogey No. 2.  The La Quinta, Calif., native then strung together 10 consecutive pars before a bogey at 13.  He birdied the15th before a double-bogey at 16 that left him at two-over.

Sophomore Phillip Bryan and senior Justin Fraley also shot matching rounds, posting a pair of three-over-par 74s.

Bryan, from Mustang, Okla., and Fraley, a native of Rowlett, Texas were both even-par on the back nine after recording three-over 38s on the front.

Oklahoma State leads the team standings with a four-under-par total of 280, one shot clear of second-place Northwestern.

Northwestern’s Chris Wilson holds the individual lead after a four-under-par 67.  Four players stand one shot back.

The Big 12 Conference had a strong showing on day one with four schools (Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas and OU) among the top 10 on the leaderboard.

Second round action will begin at 7 a.m. CDT on Friday.  The Sooners will begin teeing off at approximately 1:05 p.m. and will be paired with TCU and Purdue.

The top 10 teams from the Central Regional, as well as the top two individuals on non-qualifying teams, will advance to play at the NCAA Championships, May 31-June 3 at the Crosswater Golf Club at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

Oklahoma golf fans can follow live scoring of the NCAA Central Regional at www.golfstat.com

Team Standings

1. Oklahoma State 280 280 (-4)
2. Northwestern 281 281 (-3)
3. Texas A&M 284 284 (E)
T4. Duke 286 286 (+2)
T4. Lamar 286 286 (+2)
T6. Kentucky 291 291 (+7)
T6. Minnesota 291 291 (+7)
T6. Texas 291 291 (+7)
T6. Purdue 291 291 (+7)
10. Oklahoma 292 292 (+8)
11. TCU 293 293 (+9)
12. SMU 294 294 (+10)
13. Georgia Tech 295 295 (+11)
T14. Kent State 296 296 (+12)
T14. Clemson 296 296 (+12)
16. Tulsa 297 297 (+13)
17. Texas-Arlington 298 298 (+14)
18. Siena 302 302 (+18)
T19. Colorado 306 306 (+22)
T19. Kansas State 306 306 (+22)
T19. Missouri 306 306 (+22)
T19. Nebraska 306 306 (+22)
23. Xavier 307 307 (+23)
24. Eastern Kentucky 309 309 (+25)
25. Cleveland State 318 318 (+34)
T26. Princeton 324 324 (+40)
T26. St. Francis-Pennsylvania 324 324 (+40)


Individual Standings

1. Chris Wilson, Northwestern 67 67 (-4)
T2. Bobby Bennett, Purdue 68 68 (-3)
T2. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M 68 68 (-3)
T2. David Merkow, Northwestern 68 68 (-3)
T2. Andrew Parr, Texas A&M 68 68 (-3)

Oklahoma Scores

T25. Shawn LaFontaine 72 72 (+1)
T34. Brodie Flanders 73 73 (+2)
T34. Anthony Kim 73 73 (+2)
T51. Phillip Bryan 74 74 (+3)
T51.

Justin Fraley

74 74 (+3)

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