Nov. 16, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s golf program welcomed back former letterwinners and staff for the 2009 Sooner Open – a two-day affair that included an 18-hole tournament that served as a fundraiser for OU golf.
The outing was held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of OU’s 1989 NCAA Championships squad, which took home the program’s first national title at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla.
“It was a great opportunity for our guys to interact with some of the people that were responsible for building the foundation of our program,” said head coach Ryan Hybl. “Plus, it created a buzz for OU golf. It was really special to see so many of our former letterwinners and others associated with the program wanting to get back involved with our program.”
The event began on Friday afternoon with 124 golfers hitting the links at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club -- site of the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
The 31 teams competed in a modified scramble stableford in which every player was responsible for accumulating points based on their handicap and playing their ball in after choosing the best drive among the foursome.
Winners of the grand prize weekend golf outing to Flint Hills National Golf Club were John French, Hunter Haas, Chris Hirzel and Chip Huston. Second place went to Jon Echols, Ryan Sears, Trent Smith and Jesse White.
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Following the day on the links, the group reassembled at the Kerr-McGee Stadium Club inside Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for an awards ceremony, recognition of the ‘89 NCAA Championship squad and speeches from Hybl, vice president for intercollegiate athletics programs and director of athletics Joe Castiglione and former head golf coach Gregg Grost, who was at the helm of the ’89 NCAA title-winning squad.
On Saturday, the ’89 team was recognized at the end of the first quarter of OU’s football game with an on-field ceremony during the 65-10 victory over Texas A&M.
The men’s golf team would like to thank the sponsors, participants and contributors that made the event a success.