Sept. 9, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and head men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl announced OU's 2009-10 schedule on Wednesday.
The slate includes four fall tournaments and six spring events before entering postseason play in Trinity, Texas, at the Big 12 Championship.
“The bottom line is that our goal each year is to compete in as good of tournaments as we can and this schedule accomplishes that goal” said Hybl. “Although the NCAA recently enacted the .500 rule, where you can’t advance to regionals without defeating half of your opponents, we still want to compete against the best.”
Oklahoma opens the fall season in Big 12 territory at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., on Sept. 27-29.
The Sooners return to the links Oct. 11-13, at the Jerry Pate Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., where they will face a strong field including tournament host Alabama – who closed the year ranked No. 10 in the final Golfweek poll.
OU has its sights set on a repeat performance from last season at the Baylor Intercollegiate, held Oct. 25-27, in Dallas. Last season, the Sooners defeated two squads ranked in the Golfstat top-10 (No. 2 Arkansas and No. 10 Baylor) en route to a share of second place at the event.
Oklahoma closes its fall slate at the CordeValle Collegiate in San Martin, Calif., on Nov. 8-11. The event is hosted by UCLA, who finished the 2008-09 season ranked No. 18 in Golfweek’s poll.
The Sooners open the spring with trips to the Oak Hills Invitational (Feb. 14-16), Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 20-23) and the Border Olympics (March 4-6).
After competing in the General Hackler Invitational (March 13-15), OU will close out its regular season with the Linger Longer Invitational (March 25-28) and Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 9-11).
Two of Oklahoma’s final four regular season tournaments are hosted by programs that closed last season ranked in the top 50 in the final Golfweek rankings.
The Big 12 Championship (April 22-25) makes its return to Whispering Pines Country Club in Trinity, Texas, for the third time in the past six years. OU placed second at the venue during the 2005 conference championship and seventh in 2008.
NCAA Regionals will be contested at various sites across the country May 20-22, while the NCAA Championships are held at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., June 2-5.
“Recruits take notice of the tournaments you are entering. They want to play against the best, on some of the best courses around the country, and as OU golfers they will be afforded that opportunity. I’m excited about our schedule. We are going from coast-to-coast, playing in a lot of great tournaments, against a lot of great teams on some outstanding courses.”
2009-10 Oklahoma Men's Golf Schedule
|Sept. 27-29||Kansas Invitational||Lawrence, Kan.|
|Oct. 11-13||Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate||Birmingham, Ala.|
|Oct. 25-27||Baylor Intercollegiate||Dallas, Texas|
|Nov. 8-11||CordeValle Collegiate||San Martin, Calif.|
|Feb. 14-16||Oak Hills Invitational||San Antonio, Texas|
|Feb. 20-23||Puerto Rico Classic||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|March 4-6||Border Olympics||Laredo, Texas|
|March 13-15||General Hackler Championship||Myrtle Beach, S.C.|
|March 25-28||Linger Longer Invitational||Greensboro, Ga.|
|April 9-11||Robert Kepler Intercollegiate||Columbus, Ohio|
|April 22-25||Big 12 Championship||Trinity, Texas|
|May 20-22||NCAA Regional Championships||TBD|
|June 2-5||NCAA Championships Finals||Chattanooga, Tenn.|