HUMBLE, Texas ?-Oklahoma State shot a three-round total 16-over-par 880 to win the Hall of Fame Invitational on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. Anthony Kim of Oklahoma posted a three-round total of eight-under 208, closing with even-par 72 to claim the individual title by eight shots.
The Cowboys won the team championship by 10 strokes - a tournament-record margin of victory - over Texas A&M. Four Oklahoma State golfers finished in the top 10. Jonathan Moore finished second at even par, Pablo Martin was two-over to finish fourth while Chris Clarke - who was competing as an individual - and Trent Leon finished tied for eighth at six-over.
"I think this was very positive for our team because we’ve been in this situation before and not handled it well," said Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike McGraw. "Since we’ve seen it before, we didn’t get into the dramatics and stayed even keeled and played smart. There were a lot of hole locations on the edge (of the green) today and you can either get sucked in by that or play smart. We were able to play smart and didn’t post big numbers."
Texas A&M fired the low round of the tournament - one-over 289 to vault up three spots to second with a three-round 26-over 890. Two other Big 12 schools - Oklahoma and Texas - tied for third at 35-over. East Tennessee State (+37) slid to fifth. Arizona and Purdue tied for sixth at 40-over while Georgia and TCU tied for eighth at +44. Clemson (+45) came finished 10th and was followed by South Carolina-Aiken (+46) and New Mexico (+59). Arkansas and Duke tied at 65-over with Wake Forest (+66), Vanderbilt (+70) and Guilford (+82) completing the standings.
Kim’s eight-stroke victory was the most in the three-year history of the event. He was the only player to finish under par. Moore was followed by Texas A&M’s Robert Gates (+1) - who posted the low score of the day with 67, Martin and Jhonatton Vegas of Texas (+3). There was a tie at sixth between East Tennessee State’s Rhys Davies and Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M at four-over. Jon McLean of TCU tied with Clarke and Leon for eighth.
"Today I can’t be happy with my score," said Kim. "I lost focus, which is something I really didn’t want to do. I looked up and saw that I had an 11-stroke lead, and my mind wandered. I feel that I’m capable of playing at a very high level and it showed this week. I’ve played well the past couple of tournaments. I made a lot of puts this week and putted well - which is something I’ve improved a lot and that’s been key for me."
2006 Hall of Fame Invitational
Second Round Results
Sunday, March 19, 2006
1. Oklahoma State 294-292-294=880 (+16)
2. Texas A&M 308-293-289=890 (+26)
T3. Oklahoma 300-299-300=899 (+35)
T3. Texas 293-300-306=899 (+35)
5. East Tennessee State 295-298-308=901 (+37)
T6. Arizona 308-304-292=904 (+40)
T6. Purdue 303-300-301=904 (+40)
T8. Georgia 308-301-299=908 (+44)
T8. TCU 308-307-293=908 (+44)
10. Clemson 305-303-301=909 (+45)
11. South Carolina-Aiken 303-307-300=910 (+46)
12. New Mexico 309-309-305=923 (+59)
T13. Arkansas 309-313-307=929 (+65)
T13. Duke 316-305-308=929 (+65)
16. Wake Forest 316-312-302=930 (+66)
15. Vanderbilt 314-310-310=310 (+70)
17. Guilford 322-311-313=946 (+82)
Top 10 Individuals
1. Anthony Kim, Oklahoma 67-69-72=208 (-8)
2. Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma State 74-70-72=216 (E)
3. Robert Gates, Texas A&M 74-76-67=217 (+1)
4. Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State 72-73-73=218 (+2)
5. Jhonatton Vegas, Texas 71-73-75=219 (+3)
T6. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M 73-72-75=220 (+4)
T6. Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State 72-76-72=220 (+4)
T8. Chris Clarke, Oklahoma State 74-76-72=222 (+6)
T8. Trent Leon, Oklahoma State 73-74-75=222 (+6)
T8. Jon McLean, TCU 79-73-70=222 (+6)