Sooner Golfers Look For Second Straight Victory

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 27, 1999

Sept. 27, 1999

The 1999 William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. This will be the 45th annual William H. Tucker, which makes it the second-oldest collegiate tournament in the nation. The Tucker is a 54-hole event, with 36 holes being played on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.

Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2. Fridays first round begins at 8 a.m. (MDT) and is a shotgun format, with the second round beginning immediately after the completion of the first. Saturdays final round will also begin at 8 a.m. (MDT) and is a shotgun start as well.

The Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico. The Championship Course is a par-72, and measures 7,248 yards.

The field for the Tucker includes 20 teams, including five ranked in the preseason edition of the MasterCard Collegiate Golf poll. The field (rankings in parentheses): Air Force, Arizona, Brigham Young (11), Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, UNLV (2), New Mexico (17), New Mexico JV, New Mexico State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern California, SMU, Swedish National Team, Texas (12), TCU (24) and Texas-El Paso.

Tucker History:
The Tucker ranks behind only the New England Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in terms of the longest active college tournaments in the nation. The University of Houston has won the most Tucker team titles, having captured 13, all from 1957-70. Brigham Young has won nine team titles, while New Mexico has won six. The 54-hole record for the Tucker is 201 set by ex-Lobo Tim Herron in 1992. Herron also holds the single-round record for the tournament with a 62 also in 1992. In the 1998 William H. Tucker, Texas captured the team title at 861 (-3), while Brigham Young was second (869, +5) and New Mexico and Pepperdine (881, +17) tied for third. The individual medalist was the Longhorns David Gossett (209, -7). Gossett, who won the 1999 U.S. Amateur title, will not compete in this years Tucker, since he will be entered in a PGA tour event.

Sooners History:
This marks the eighth time the Sooners will compete in the Tucker Intercollegiate. OUs last appearance was in 1997 when the Sooners tied for seventh place. Oklahoma won the tournament in 1988 and has finished in the top five four times. The last time OU played the Championship Course was in the 1998 NCAA Championship. OU failed to advance past the second round.



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