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Men’s Golf Continues To Make Successful Strides

The Oakland University men’s golf team added another successful year to the program's resume. In only its second year competing at the Division I level, OU managed to win two tournaments and place third at the Mid-Con Championships. Led by its senior captain Gary Robinson (Jackson/Jackson), the Golden Grizzlies placed second three times and finished in the top five in eight out of eleven tournaments.  Robinson recorded a 73.1 average to lead the squad, while teammate Kevin Harris (Jr., Troy/Troy) was second on the team with a 76.1 average.

The Oakland University men's golf team, guided by coach Dave DeWulf, finished fourth in the EDS/Detroit Titans Invitational September 11-13, 2000 to open the 2000-01 season.  The Golden Grizzlies, who shot a three round 887, finished behind Butler (875), Eastern Michigan (877), and Bowling Green (885).   Individually, OU's Gary Robinson (Jackson/Jackson HS) claimed the individual title after finishing seven under par (68-70-71--209).   Leading the Grizzlies to the fourth-place finish behind Robinson were Kevin Harris (Troy/Troy HS), who shot a 74-70-73--217 (t6th), and Chris King (Walled Lake/Western HS) whose three-round total was 82-76-72--230 (t49th). Allen Mitchell's (Clio/Clio HS) 78-80-76--234 was good for a 58th place tie and Jason Weldy's (Sterling Heights/Sterling Heights HS) three-day total of 79-80-79--238 earned him 63rd place.

Oakland next hosted the EDS/Golden Grizzlies Invitational September 16-17, 2000.  Butler University won the Third Annual Golden Grizzlies Invitational with the score of 580. Oakland took second place with a two-day score of 604. Tied for third were IUPUI team A and Detroit, each with a 607. The Golden Grizzlies Invitational was played on the campus of Oakland University at Katke-Cousins Golf Course.    Following the top four were Robert Morris in fifth place with a 615 and Oakland team B in sixth place with a 617. IUPUI team B finished in seventh place with a 627, while Dayton came in eighth place with 630. Oakland team C finished in ninth place with a 666 and the Cougars from Chicago State came in 10th place with 734. Leading the way individually was Butler's Jeff Chapman with a 140. Oakland's Robinson claimed second place with a two-day total of 143 and Detroit's Brad Spears and Butler's Chris Cirimotich and Brian Couzens tied for third with a 146.

OU then traveled to Saginaw to take part in the 28th Annual Bay Valley Intercollegiate Golf Tournament September 30-October 1 in Saginaw. The Golden Grizzlies, with a 601, finished second behind Grand Valley (595).  Oakland recorded a 300 on Saturday and responded with a 301 in the final round on Sunday. OU's second place finish was ahead of Ferris State and Gannon, who both finished at 604 and in a tie for third.  Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was sophomore Chris King (Walled Lake/Western HS) with a two-day total of 70-75--145. The 145 was good for a second-place tie.  Sophomores Ian Hodges (Calumet/Calumet HS) and Justin Sokol (Bloomfield Hills/Brother Rice HS) recorded a 74-76--150 (t9th) and 78-74--152 (t15th), respectively. Rounding off the lineup for OU was Harris with a two-day 78-76--154 (t21st) and sophomore Allen Mitchell (Clio/Clio HS) who finished in a tie for 40th with a 79-82--161.

Oakland then went to Butler University to finish second out of 10 teams October 2-3, 2000. Harris, a junior from Troy, Mich., led the Golden Grizzlies as he claimed the individual title at the Butler Fall Invitational October 2-3. The Oakland University men's golf team finished second out of 10 teams at the tournament.   Harris recorded a pair of 74s on the first day of competition and responded with a 71 today for the three-over par 219. The Golden Grizzlies, who led the tourney after the first day of play, recorded a 301 on Tuesday and finished second with a 903 (305-297-301).   Robinson finished third overall after shooting 78-73-72--223. The third OU player was Sokol who finished in a tie for 20th place (76-78-78--232). Ian Hodges (So., Calumet/Calumet HS) and King rounded off the Oakland scoring in t29th and t31st places, respectively. Hodges recorded scores of 79-76-80--235 and King posted a 77-74-85--236.

The Golden Grizzlies traveled down south October 7-10 and finished eighth out of 10 teams at the Precept Intercollegiate Golf Tournament held October 9-10. The tourney was held in Clarksville, Tennessee at the par 72, 6,815-yard Clarksville Country Club.  Winning the team title was host Austin Peay State with a two-day total of 595. Tennessee Tech (613) and Evansville (615) followed in second and third places, respectively. The Golden Grizzlies recorded a 311 on the first day of play and followed with a 330 on day two for the two-round total of 641.  Leading the way for OU individually was King with a two-round total of 159 (77-82) and a 24th-place finish. Harris followed in 26th place after shooting 80-81--161.  Rounding off the top four scorers for the Golden Grizzlies was Weldy and Sokol with two-day totals of 164 and 167, respectively. Weldy finished in 36th place, while Sokol tied for 40th.

The Oakland University men's golf team wrapped up the 2000 fall season at the Eastern Illinois Ironhorse Intercollegiate Invitational October 16-17. The Golden Grizzlies finished 14th out of 17 teams at the Ironhorse Golf Course tournament.  The tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to weather. Oakland recorded a 309 on the first day of play and followed with a 317 for the 626 and 14th place.  OU was led by sophomore Chris Pomy (Tecumseh/Tecumseh HS) who recorded a 74-78--152 (t34th). Junior Nate Snow (Royal Oak/Dondero HS) was OU's second best scorer after shooting 82-74--156 (t49th). Rounding off the scoring four for the Golden Grizzlies were senior Williams and freshman Lee Aho (West Bloomfield/Walled Lake Western HS). Williams finished in a tie for 59th after recording 77-81--158 and Aho tied for 69th after posting his two-day 76-84--160.

The Oakland University men's golf team opened up the spring portion of the 2000-01 schedule on Monday March 27th at the Butler Spring Invitational. The Golden Grizzlies finished sixth after shooting a 321. Harris led the OU effort as he finished in a tie for 16th after shooting 79.  The tournament was originally supposed to be 54 holes, but due to weather was shortened to just 18 on Monday.   The Golden Grizzlies finished behind Eastern Illinois (313), Southeast Missouri State (315), St. Louis (318), IUPUI (319) and Evansville (320), and ahead of Western Illinois (322), Detroit Mercy (322), Butler (323), Loyola Chicago (331), Bradley (332), Robert Morris (335) and Creighton (343).  Following Harris for Oakland individually were Robinson and King in a tie for 19th with the 18-hole total of 80.Weldy shot a 10-over par 82 (t30th) and Pomy wrapped up the Golden Grizzlies scoring with an 86 (t59th).   The Oakland University men's golf team held a three-stroke lead going into the final day of play at the Bellarmine University Invitational in Kentucky. OU’s Robinson is leading the way in the individual race after shooting a four-under par 68.

The Golden Grizzlies shot a 293, while host Bellarmine followed at 296 and Wisconsin-Parkside and Lincoln University recorded 308 and 309, respectively. Missouri-St. Louis rounded off the top five with its 310 after the first 18 holes.  After the first 18 holes, Robinson held a three-stroke lead over Bellarmine's Jon Sanderson (71). Following Robinson for the Golden Grizzlies was Sokoll in a tie for third place with his 74 and King in a tie for seventh with his 75. Harris and junior Nate Snow (Royal Oak/Shrine HS) round off the Oakland golfers with Harris recording a 76 (t12th) and Snow an 80 (t31st).  Oakland University bounced back to capture the Bellarmine Invitational title April 2-3 after shooting an even-par 576 through the two-day event. OU’s Robinson claimed the individual honors after shooting a six-under par 138. Robinson shot a 68-70--138 en route the individual title and was followed closely by teammates King and Harris who finished second and third overall, respectively. King shot a 75 on the first day of play and followed with a 69 for the even par 144 and second place. Harris recorded a 76 on the opening day of the invitational and posted a 70 April 3 to finish third.  Rounding off the five OU players was Sokol and Snow. Sokol tied for eighth after shooting 74 each day and Snow finished in a tie for 36th (80-83--163).   The Golden Grizzlies (293-283--576) finished in front of host Bellarmine (287-301--599), Lincoln (309-292--601), Wisconsin-Parkside (308-299-607) and Missouri-St. Louis (310-299--609) in the top five.

Oakland University's Robinson was named to the 2001 All-Mid-Continent Conference player of the week for the week of April 4th.

The Golden Grizzlies then traveled to Ball State to finish fifth out of 15 teams at the Ball State Invitatational April 7-8. Oakland was led by Harris and Robinson with top 10 finishes.  The Golden Grizzlies recorded a three-round 915 (304-305-306) for the fifth-place finish.  Oakland finished behind host Ball State (891), Ferris State (905), IUPUI (914) and Bowling Green (914).   Harris finished in a tie for second in the individual race after shooting 221 (75-73-73) through the three rounds. Robinson claimed seventh place after recording 75-74-75--224. King finished tied for 36th (79-76-80--234), while sophomores Allen Mitchell (Clio/Clio HS) and Sokol claimed 42nd and 72nd, respectively. Mitchell recorded a three-round 236 (76-82-78) and Sokol shot a 253 (87-83-83)

Oakland finished on a strong note going into the Mid-Con Championship as they claimed the CER/Cleveland State Collegiate Invitational April 15-16 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Robinson led the Golden Grizzlies by capturing the individual title.  The Golden Grizzlies shot 309 in the first round of play and finished with a 298 and 315 for the 922 and first-place finish out of 10 teams. OU finished immediately ahead of Detroit (930), Wright State (935) and Duquesne (942).  The tournament victory marked the second of the year for Oakland as the Golden Grizzlies won the Bellarmine Invitational April 2-3.  Robinson won his third individual title of the year with the victory at the CSU Invite. He recorded a three-round 220 (73-74-73) for the first-place finish.  Harris and King also finished in the top 20 individually. Harris recorded a 234 (78-71-85) and finished in a tie for 13th place and King finished 20th after shooting a three-round 238 (78-80-80).  Mitchell and Sokol rounded off the Golden Grizzly roster. Mitchell finished 25th (80-78-82--240) and Sokol claimed 30th (86-75-80--241).

As he did all year, Robinson led the Golden Grizzly men's golf team as they finished third out of seven teams at the Mid-Continent Conference Championship in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma April 23-24. Robinson was the individual runner-up behind ORU's Charleton Dechert. The Golden Grizzlies recorded a three-round 928 (310-309-309) to finish behind Oral Roberts (313-299-306--918) and IUPUI (314-318-302--924) and in front of UMKC, Youngstown State, Southern Utah and Western Illinois.  Robinson (72-76-78--226) finished second 12 strokes behind individual champion Dechert (71-72-71--214). Sokol followed for the Golden Grizzlies as he finished in a tie for 12th place after shooting 80-75-79--234. Harris finished 16th (79-78-78--235), while sophomores King and Mitchell claimed 18th and 22nd, respectively. King shot 79-80-77-236 and Mitchell recorded 84-80-76--240.  OU’s Robinson was named to the 2001 All-Mid-Continent Conference teams following the Mid-Con Championship.