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Golfers Return South for Morris Williams
April 03, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team travels to Austin, Texas, this weekend for the Morris Williams Intercollegiate.

Held at the Austin Country Club, the tournament begins Monday, April 4, with 36 holes on the par-72, 6,906-yard course and ends Tuesday, April 5, with the final round of 18.

Sophomore Anthony Kim leads the Sooners. The La Quinta, Calif., nativefresh off a 15th-place finish at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston, Texasis the only member of this year’s lineup to have played the Morris Williams before.

Morris Williams Notes (PDF)

In the 2004 edition of the Morris Williams, the Sooners finished eighth of 18 teams, led by Kim’s third-place finish.

The Sooners’ starting lineup is completed by Nick Sheedy, Shawn LaFontaine, Phillip Bryan and Justin Fraley.

The 180-acre golf course was designed by Pete Dye, named by GolfWeek Magazine as one of the top architects in the world.

Described as “reminiscent of Scottish classics Royal Dornoch and Gullance Hill,” the course is filled with deep pot dunkers, undulating turf and a dramatic 18th-hole fairway fall.

Defending tournament champion Brigham Young returns to defend its title against OU, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Fresno State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Tulsa and Virginia.

Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com throughout the event. A full recap and results of each day will also be available on SoonerSports.com.

THE MORRIS WILLIAMS INTERCOLLEGIATE FIELD

Arkansas Rice
(NR/48) Baylor (NR/35) Southern Methodist
(9/8) Brigham Young (18/24) Texas
(6/6) Florida (NR/38) Texas A&M
Fresno State (12/16) Texas Christian
Houston (NR/28) Texas Tech
(NR/43) Oklahoma (NR/48) Tulsa
(1/1) Oklahoma State Virginia
(GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Top 25 and Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Top 50 Rankings)

THE HALL OF FAME LINEUP

Anthony Kim
Sophomore - La Quinta, Calif.

Fall 2004: Led the Sooners in the first two fall tournaments ... finished second at the Intercollegiate at the Ridges ... recorded two team-best low rounds of 68 ... tied for 14th at the Windon Memorial Classic ... finished 22nd at The Prestige.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2003-04

11/11

33

2,374

67

71.94

2004-05

6/6

18

1,301

66

72.28

Career

17/17

51

3,675

66

72.06


Nick Sheedy
Sophomore - Burlington, Iowa

Fall 2004: Made one fall start at The Prestige ... improved three strokes per round, shooting 81-78-75, in his first tournament as a Sooner.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

2/2

6

453

70

75.50

Career

2/2

6

453

70

75.50

Shawn LaFontaine
Junior - Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

At Odessa College (Fall 2002-Fall 2004):
2004 NJCAA and AJGA All-American ... member of 2004 NJCAA Division I National Champion Odessa College men’s golf team ... helped Odessa to an undefeated season (119-0) and 14 tournament titles during the 2003-2004 season ... lost the individual national title in a one-hole playoff ... was also named all-region, all-conference and all-state in 2003 and 2004 ... was runner-up to teammate Justin Fraley in the 2004 Texas State Junior College Championship ... WJCAC Conference Championship individual medalist in 2004 ... winner of nine individual titles ... had 26 top-10 finishes in 30 tournaments.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

3/2

9

664

68

73.78

Career

3/2

9

664

68

73.78

Phillip Bryan
Freshman - Mustang, Okla.

Fall 2004: Started in all three fall tournaments ... has finished tied with teammate Brodie Flanders in each tournament ... posted a three-round total of 224 at the Ridges Intercollegiate ... scored 229 at the Windon Memorial ... shot 236 at The Prestige.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

5/5

15

1,135

66

75.67

Career

5/5

15

1,135

66

75.67

Justin Fraley
Junior - Rowlett, Texas

At Odessa College: Member of 2004 NJCAA Division I National Champion Odessa College ... helped Odessa to an undefeated season (119-0) and 14 tournament titles during the 2003-2004 season ... 2004 WJCAC All-Conference honoree at Odessa College ... 2004 Texas State Junior College Individual Champion ... regional champion in 2004 ... WJCAC Conference championship runner-up in 2004 ... won five individual titles ... had 16 top-10 finishes in 24 tournaments.

Season

TP/TS

Rounds

Strokes

Low

Average

2004-05

2/2

6

454

74

75.67

Career

2/2

6

454

74

75.67


HALL OF FAME INVITATIONAL RECAP

The University of Oklahoma men’s golf team finished in a four-way tie for eighth place at the Hall of Fame Invitational.

The Sooners (881, +17), who started day three in eighth, counted 296 strokesbelow the 296.5 averagein the final round.

Oklahoma State won the tournament at the Redstone Golf Course with a three-round score of 846 (-18), beating UNLV by two strokes. New Mexico was third with a 1-over 865.

Sophomore Anthony Kim led the Sooners with a four-way tie for 15th. The La Qunita, Calif., managed his 10th career top-10 finish (in 17 tournaments) after shooting a 74, his only over-par round.

Kim finished the tournament at even par, 10 strokes behind winner Ryan Moore of UNLV.

Kim was set for a 2-under round, but his second shot on the par-4, 478-yard seventh rolled off the bank in front of the green into the water. His drop landed three feet from the pin, but he missed the putt and had to take 8.


Sophomore Nick Sheedy continued to impress, sharing low round honors amongst the Sooners. The Burlington, Iowa, native followed a career-low 70 in the second round with a 73 today. He finished in 22nd at 3 over par, up nine positions from his start.

Freshmen Phillip Bryan and Jordi Garca concluded play in ties for 41st and 68th, respectively.

Bryan’s day was spoiled with a double bogey on Redstone’s toughest hole, 16, but rallied, scoring two birdies over his final six holes.

Garca fared much better on the final day, following the worst round of his young career, an 81, with a 73. The Spaniard’s 1 over day moved him nine places up the leaderboard.

Junior Justin Fraley completed the Sooners lineup. The Rowlett, Texas, native had his best effort of the weekend, using 76 strokes to complete the final 18 holes. Fraley improved in each round, shooting 78-77-76, finishing in a tie for 77th.

Junior Shawn LaFontaine, playing as an individual, shot 73 in the final round, improving 11 spots from his 40th-place start into a tie for 29th.

2004-05 TEAM RECORDS
Record (vs. Division I teams): 45-51-2 (.468)

Team Low Round: 277 (second round, Feb. 10)
Team Low Score (Three rounds): 845 (Feb. 9-11)

Individual Low Round: 66, Anthony Kim (first round, Feb. 9); Phillip Bryan (first round, Feb. 27)
Individual Low Score (Three rounds): 203, Anthony Kim (Feb. 9-11)

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