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Sooners Card Top Five at Okla. Int.
October 17, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in a tie for fifth place on Tuesday as host of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate.  The tournament, held at the par-71, 7,412-yard Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., saw a senior laden Tulsa squad win the event with a final-round 295, to finish at 889 (+37).

OU freshman Ben Blundell, playing unattached, carded a final-round 77, to finish in a tie for third place.  The Rowlett, Texas, native was three strokes off the mark of medalist Sam Korbe of Tulsa.  The Golden Hurricane senior, who shot a final round 76, held on for a one-stroke victory over teammate Nicolas Geyger.

“I am excited about the way Ben performed over the course of the tournament,” said Oklahoma men’s golf head coach Jim Ragan. “His second round shows what he is capable of and in following him around the course today, I have picked up on a few things we can do to improve his consistency.”

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The Sooners started three true freshmen for the second straight tournament and their head coach knew there would be some growing pains with such an inexperienced roster.

“There will be a lot of work with this young team to get them to the point where they can compete week in and week out,” said Ragan. “We need to work some on basic fundamentals and putting themselves in the best possible scenario to succeed.”

OU’s best score of the final round came from freshman Jesse Schutte, who fired a 76. The Florence, Ore., native posted rounds of 73,78 and 76.  Other final-round scores for OU were bunched together as senior J.J Wood shot 77, junior Phillip Bryan carded a 78 and freshman Blaine Butner fired a 79.  Rounding out the team scoring for the Sooners was freshman Eric Durbin, who shot an 84.

Playing unnatached for the tournament along with Blundell were senior Nick Sheedy and freshmen Brandon Pelletier and Spencer Rives. They shot final-rounds of 77, 81 and 82, respectively. 

Commented Ragan, “I am disappointed in the way that our guys performed, but extremely grateful for the opportunity to host such an excellent event as the Oklahoma Intercollegiate.  Hopefully next year we can perform as well on the course as we were treated off of it.”

OU returns to the links at the Corde Valley Collegiate on Nov. 6-7. The tournament, held in San Martin, Calif., will be the final fall event for the Sooners before they gear up for their spring slate of nine regular season tournaments. 

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