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Sooners Finish 12th in Illinois
September 25, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished 12th at the Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill., on Monday after shooting a final round of 310 (+30).

Senior Phillip Bryan recorded a third-round 75 (+5) and led the Sooners with his 36th-place finish.

Bryan, who started Monday’s round in a tie for 38th, was the most consistent member of the Sooners squad over the course of the tournament. The Mustang, Okla., native carded rounds of 78, 73 and 75.

Duke won the team title at the 7,205-yard, par-70 Olympia Fields North Course.  The Blue Devils fired a final-round 286, overtaking Oklahoma State and second-round leader Stanford for the six-shot victory.

Arizona State’s Niklas Lemke captured the individual title at 1-over-par.  Jumping out to a fast start with birdies on his first two holes, the Sun Devils senior carded one of two under-par rounds for the day with a 4-under 66, jumping from a tie for 13th to win medalist honors. Lemke finished one stroke ahead of Duke’s Adam Long. Second-round leader Tom Oliver dropped into a tie for third after a final-round 75.

Team Results  | Individual Results | OU Results
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“We are certainly disappointed in the way that we performed over the three rounds,” said OU men’s golf head coach Jim Ragan. “We came in very inexperienced and our scores reflected that. Hopefully this will be a learning experience that motivates us to work harder.”

Oklahoma freshman Ben Blundell, in his first collegiate tournament, finished three strokes behind Bryan in a tie for 45th. The Rowlett, Texas, native played steady golf throughout the event, shooting rounds of 75, 76 and 78.

Senior J.J. Wood, after a disappointing second round 81, found himself back on track on day three by shooting a 77. The Pepperdine transfer jumped five spots on the day, into a tie for 51st.

Freshman Eric Durbin and Jesse Schutte both shot a 10-over-par 80 in the final round.  Durbin finished in a tie for 52nd while Schutte was a stroke back, in a tie for 55th.

The Sooners return to the links Sunday, Oct. 15, when they host the Oklahoma Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event will be played in Edmond, Okla., at the Oak Tree Golf Club.

“We are excited to host a collegiate tournament at a venue such as Oak Tree,” said Ragan. “With another strong field, I believe the guys will be excited in their preparations and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Team Standings
1.      Duke, 289-289-286=864
2.      Stanford, 286-289-295=870
3.      Purdue, 290-292-289=871
4.      Northwestern, 293-293-289=875 
5.      Oklahoma State, 293-283-300=876
6.      Georgia Tech, 293-296-288=877
7.      Arizona State, 299-297-288=884
8.      Minnesota, 297-287-301=885
9.      Illinois, 291-299-296=886
10.    Vanderbilt, 299-299-309=907
11.    Toledo, 303-302-309=914
12.    OKLAHOMA, 309-300-310=919

Individual Standings
1.      Niklas Lemke, Arizona State- 72-73-66=211
2.      Adam Long, Duke - 70-71-71=212
T3.    Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State - 71-70-72=213
T3.    Patrick Nagle, Illinois - 71-71-71=213
T3.    Tom Oliver, Purdue - 71-67-75=213
T3.    Michael Schachner, Duke - 71-71-71=213
T7.    Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue - 71-74-70=215
T7.    David Merkow, Northwestern - 73-72-70=215
T7.    Clayton Rask, Minnesota - 72-72-71=215
10.    Jonathan Bowers, Northwestern - 74-70-72=216

OU Individual Standings
T36.   Phillip Bryan - 78-73-75=226
T45.   Ben Blundell - 75-76-78=229
51.     J.J. Wood - 76-81-77=234
T52.   Eric Durbin - 80-75-80=235
T55.   Jesse Schutte - 80-76-80=236

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