NORMAN, Okla. The Big 12 champion University of Oklahoma men’s golf team takes the short trip down I-35 this weekend, May 13-14, for the 15th annual Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate Invitational at Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore, Okla.
The Maxwell, co-hosted by OU and Oklahoma State, marks the team’s final tune-up before NCAA Regionals.
Competing for the Sooners will be Big 12 runner-up Brodie Flanders, seniors Justin Fraley and Shawn LaFontaine, junior Nick Sheedy and sophomore Phillip Bryan.
Flanders, LaFontaine and Bryan each recorded career-best finishes at the Big 12 Championships, April 24-25, at Southern Hills in Tulsa.
Flanders, a native of Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, and LaFontaine, from Cobourg, Ontario, shared the first-round lead after a pair of one-under 69s. LaFontaine finished in a tie for ninth, while Flanders came two strokes short of matching Texas’ Matt Rosenfeld for medalist honors.
Bryan, an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, turned in his highest finish as a Sooner, firing consecutive 71s in the final two rounds to finish in a tie for 11th place.
Fraley, who tied for fifth at the 2005 Big 12 Championships, finished in a tie for 14th.
All five Sooners finished in the top 15 individually, setting a tournament record.
Oklahoma finished sixth at last year’s Maxwell with a three-round total of 860 (+20) on Dornick’s 6,453-yard, par 70 layout. Then-sophomore Anthony Kim finished in fourth place at 206 (-4).
Kim, a unanimous All-Big 12 performer in 2006, will miss this year’s Maxwell to attend the Ben Hogan Award banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The junior from La Quinta, Calif., is one of three finalists for college golf’s top prize, joining Matt Every of Florida and Georgia’s Chris Kirk.
15th annual Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate Invitational Quick Facts:
Location: Dornick Hills Country Club (Ardmore, Okla.)
Course Stats: Par-70, 6,453 yards
Host: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma
2005 Team Champion: Oklahoma State 279-282-279=840 (E)
2005 Medalist: Brendon Todd, Georgia 71-67-65=203 (-7)
2005 OU Finish: 6th, 290-278-292=860 (+20)