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Golf: Oak Tree in top shape for Verplank Invitational

He’s seen the course in its prime during the 1980s and watched its redesign and transition in the 2000s. But Verplank said Monday it has never looked better than it does right now.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Published: June 23, 2014

Scott Verplank has spent an immeasurable amount of time on the golf course at Oak Tree National.

He’s seen the course in its prime during the 1980s and watched its redesign and transition in the 2000s. But Verplank said Monday it has never looked better than it does right now.

“No doubt about it,” Verplank said. “The golf course may be better than I’ve ever seen it. It’s taken the last couple of weeks with all this rain, and it’s fantastic. It’s going to be superb for (the U.S. Senior Open) here in a couple of weeks.”

Verplank didn’t have to wait until July 7 to show off his home course, however. He hosted the Verplank Foundation Invitational on Monday to benefit the fight against Type 1 Diabetes and showcased Oak Tree to several pro golfers and other local celebrities.

“I’ve filled more divots and fixed more ball marks and done more stuff for the golf course …,” Verplank said. “I go on the golf course every day and look for stuff to make better because I want the thing to be perfect when all these guys roll in here.

“The fact that I’ve lived here for a long time and live on the course, I have a lot of pride and want everything to be as good as it can possibly be to showcase our home.”

Oklahoma coaches Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops and Cale Gundy, former OU quarterback Sam Bradford, former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden, North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora and several pro golfers and business figures gathered at Oak Tree on Monday for the third annual tournament.

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