May 30, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team is tied for sixth place after Wednesday's first round of action at the 2001 NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Durham, N.C. The Sooners posted a first-round score of 294 (+6) and trail second-place Georgia Tech by only five strokes. The second-ranked Yellow Jackets are nine strokes behind 13th-ranked Arizona, who currently leads the 30-team field with a score of 280 (-8).

Leading the way for OU was sophomore Matt Cohn (La Jolla, Calif.), who fired a first-round 71 (-1) to finish the day tied for ninth. After finishing the front nine at one-over, Cohn birdied the 14th and 16th holes to get back to one-under.

One shot behind Cohn is senior Kelsey Cline (Yukon, Okla.), who also birdied two holes on the back nine at No.13 and No. 17 and finished at even-par (72). Cline stands tied for 20th with nine other golfers.

Two Sooners playing in their first NCAA Championships were in contention all afternoon. Sophomore John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) was even after the first nine holes and finished with a 75 (+3), placing him tied for 66th. Meanwhile, freshman Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas) finished one stroke behind Kidwell with a 76 to tie for 96th. Junior Cody Freeman (Arnett, Okla.) rounded out the OU scores with a 77.

The Sooners resume play on the No. 10 tee at the Duke Golf Club Thursday at 7:18 a.m.

Team Scores

1. Arizona              280(-8)

2. Georgia Tech         289 (+1)

3. Augusta State        292 (+4)

   Toledo               292 (+4)

5. East Tennessee State 293 (+5)

6. Oklahoma             294 (+6)

   Clemson              294 (+6)

   South Carolina       294 (+6)

   Virginia Tech        294 (+6)

   Wake Forest          294 (+6)

11. Charleston          295 (+7)

    Oregon State        295 (+7)

13. Florida             296 (+8)

    Georgia             296 (+8)

    Minnesota           296 (+8)

    Mississippi         296 (+8)

17. Stanford            297 (+9)

    Alabama-Birmingham  297 (+9)

19. Arizona State       298 (+10)

    North Carolina St.  298 (+10)

    SMU                 298 (+10)

22. Pacific             299 (+11)

    UCLA                299 (+11)

24. Oklahoma State      300 (+12)

25. Washington          301 (+13)

26. Georgia Southern    302 (+14)

27. Houston             304 (+16)

28. UC-Irvine           306 (+18)

29. Kent State          310 (+22)

    Purdue              310 (+22)

Top Five Individuals


1. Kris Mikkelsen, Georgia Tech   66 (-6)

   Chris Nallen, Arizona          66 (-6)

3. Ricky Barnes, Arizona          68 (-4)

4. Nick Gillam, Florida           69 (-3)

   Michael Webb, Augusta State    69 (-3)

Oklahoma Individual Scores


T9. Matt Cohn           71 (-1)

T20. Kelsey Cline       72 (E)

T66. John Kidwell       75 (+3)

T96. Martin Flores      76 (+4)

T117. Cody Freeman      77 (+5)