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Kim to Play in 2005 Spirit International Amateur Championship
September 02, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma junior Anthony Kim has been invited to participate in the 2005 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship held at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, Oct. 12-15.

The Spirit Championship is billed as the Olympics of amateur golf. The biennial event features the world’s best men and women amateur golfers from 24 invited countries, who represent their countries in team and individual competitions.  The event is conducted by the World Health & Golf Association.

“We’re really proud of Anthony and the way he has represented our school and our country,” OU head coach Jim Ragan said.  “It’s a great honor for him to be able to compete in this prestigious international competition.”

Kim was one of two players asked to represent the United States in the tournament.  The invitation adds to the list of Kim’s impressive amateur accomplishments this summer.  Kim earned medalist honors in the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, a semifinals berth in the match-play section and a quarterfinals appearance at the U.S. Amateur. He also helped lead the United States team to a Walker Cup victory over Great Britain and Ireland.

“I’m really excited to play in this tournament, especially after my experience at the Walker Cup,” Kim said.  “Any time you get a chance to represent your country it’s very special.”

The tournament will consist of 72 holes of best ball competition.  Five separate competitions will be conducted: international team (combined best ball of the men’s and women’s teams), men’s team, women’s team, men’s individual and women’s individual.

In 2003, the United States swept the international, women’s team, men’s team and women’s individual competitions.  Paula Creamer took home the gold medal as the top women’s individual.

Whispering Pines was host to the 2005 Big 12 Championships where Kim won the individual conference title and led the Sooners to a second-place finish.

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