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Men's Golf Finishes 11th at Puerto Rico
March 01, 2005

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished 11th at the Puerto Rico Classic today.

The Sooners shot a 297 in the final round, improving on Monday’s 300, to finish 20 over par for the tournament.

Freshman Phillip Bryan and sophomore Anthony Kim led the Sooners. The pair finished in a tie for 40th.

Bryan, who stayed in the top 10 for two rounds, struggled on the final day. The Mustang, Okla., native needed 82 strokes to finish the final 18 holes. Bryan scored a career-low 66 in the first round and followed that with a 74 in the second.

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Kim shot even par in the final round. The La Quinta, Calif., native’s 72 moved him up 11 spots from his 51st-place start.

Georgia Tech won the team title at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort’s River Course.  The Yellow Jackets matched second-place Florida with a 287 on the final day to preserve a four stroke victory. Florida faltered over the final three holes, counting two double bogeys.

Arizona State’s Alejandro Canizares captured the individual title at 12 under. He led Florida’s James Vargas and Duke’s Nathan Smith by five strokes.

Junior Justin Fraley, in his first tournament for OU, finished one strokes behind Bryan and Kim in a tie for 43rd. The Rowlett, Texas, native was the most consistent Sooner, shooting rounds of 75, 74 and 74.

Senior Craig Lurie, after a disappointing second round, was back on track on day three, completing the final 18 in 73 strokes. The Houston, Texas, native tied for 60th.

Junior Shawn LaFontaine (Cobourg, Ontario) ended three rounds in a tie for 70th.

Rain showers raised scores on the final round.  Oklahoma State and East Tennessee State shared the final low-round honors with 285s, only three under par and well above the 278s Georgia and Georgia Tech in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Temperatures on Tuesday were in the mid 80s with winds at eight miles per hour gusting to 20.

The Sooners return to the links Friday, March 18, at the Hall of Fame Invitational at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. The three-day, 54-hole event is hosted by the University of Texas and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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