Golf: Edmond's Rhein Gibson looks back on Guinness World Record round

The lowest round of golf ever recorded was shot by an Oklahoma transplant from Australia. Rhein Gibson, a former NAIA All-American at Oklahoma Christian, shot a 55 at River Oaks Golf Club two weeks ago. It's the Guinness World Record.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 24, 2012
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— The lowest round of golf ever recorded was shot by an Oklahoma transplant from Australia.

Rhein Gibson, a former NAIA All-American at Oklahoma Christian, shot a 55 at River Oaks Golf Club two weeks ago.

It's the Guinness World Record.

“I knew it might be special when I made the turn at 10-under, which is crazy,” Gibson said. “I was trying not to think about it, just play one hole at a time.”

A rangy 26-year-old from Lismore, Australia, Rhein (pronounced REE-in) Gibson experienced a dream round on the 6,698-yard, par-71 layout in Edmond.

Gibson recorded two eagles, 12 birdies and four pars.

“It was like watching a no-hitter,” said Ryan Munson, a River Oaks member in Gibson's threesome. Eric Fox was the other golfer in the group.

Gibson plays on the Golfweek National Pro Tour and is ranked 1,444th in the world. He's 14th on the money list with nearly $20,000 in earnings after seven tournaments.

His goal is to play on the PGA Tour. The past three years, he's failed to earn a PGA card or a spot on the Nationwide Tour at qualifying school, but he's playing the best golf of his life.

“The thing about Q school is it's only one week,” Gibson said. “If you're not playing good at that time of year it kind of (stinks). You need to be playing good at the right time. I'm hopeful this year will be different. My game is getting better and better.”

A fledgling pro, Gibson won the 2008 Oklahoma state amateur title at Gaillardia Country Club. He won the Oklahoma Open in 2010 at Oak Tree Country Club.

Oklahoma is his second home.

An Edmond resident who plays out of River Oaks, Gibson played junior golf in Australia. But his native country doesn't have high school or college golf programs like the United States.

Kane Webber, a friend from Australia who played at Colorado and currently is on the Asian Tour, advised him to pursue an education in the United States.

Unlike many high-profile programs, OC could offer a full scholarship. OC coach David Lynn extended an offer to Gibson after a former OC player from Australia provided a scouting report.

“I didn't really know the difference between a big Division I program like Oklahoma State or a small program like Oklahoma Christian,” Gibson said. “I kind of chose my school sight unseen at age 18.”

For the first time in his career, Gibson has an individual sponsor, which has removed some pressure.

“This isn't out of the blue,” said Lynn, who caddied for Gibson when the golfer shot a 64 to qualify for a Nationwide event last year . “I obviously was blown away by the enormity of his score because 55 is so low. But I've seen him gain more confidence every year. It's no surprise he's having some success now that he's not paying for everything on his own dime.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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