Sooners Finish in Eighth Place at Puerto Rico Classic

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 24, 2003

Feb. 25, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team concluded the final round of the Puerto Rico Classic in eighth place in Palmer, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. The Sooners finished the day with a team score of 291 (+3) and finished the tournament a with three-day total of 895 (+31). The tournament winner was Oklahoma State, which shot a six-under-par 282 in the final round. The tournament was played on the River Course (par 72, 6,945) at the Westin Rio Mar Country Club.

OU was led by freshman Jim Renner (Plainville, Mass.) for the second consecutive tournament. Renner shot a final-round 71 (-1) and finished tied for ninth place. Renner's second-round score of 67 (-5) tied for a tournament low.

Senior John Kidwell (Dallas, Texas) rebounded from an opening round 80, carding a 69 (-3) in the second round and a 70 (-2) in the final round, finishing in a tie for 17th place. Junior Blake Martin (Stigler, Okla.) carded a a 73 (+1) in the closing round and finished the tournament tied for 45th.

Rounding out the scoring for the Sooners were juniors Martin Flores (Mansfield, Texas), who finished tied for 67th, and Doug Manor (Garland, Texas), who concluded the tournament tied for 73rd.

The Sooners will compete in the Cleveland Golf Classic at Westlake, Calif., on March 3-4.

Top Five Individuals
1.   Justin Walters, N.C. State       70-70-71=211 (-5)
     Jason Hartwick, Texas            75-69-67=211 (-5)
3.   Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State     71-76-67=214 (-2)
     Zack Robinson, Oklahoma State    72-70-72=214 (-2)
     Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech      73-71-70=214 (-2)
     Gregg Jones, Clemson             74-69-71=214 (-2)
     Fernando Marchareffe, N.C. State 69-69-76=214 (-2)

Oklahoma Individual Scores T9. Jim Renner 79-67-71=217 (+1) T17. John Kidwell 80-69-70=219 (+3) T45. Blake Martin 78-75-73=226 (+10) T67. Martin Flores 79-78-77=234 (+18) T73. Doug Manor 80-77-79=236 (+20)

Team Scores 1. Oklahoma State 291-289-282=862 (-2) 2.Minnesota 291-286-295=872 (+8) Clemson 293-293-286=872 (+8) Texas 296-291-285=872 (+8) 5.Florida 300-291-283=874 (+10) 6.N.C. State 288-286-301=875 (+11) 7.Georgia Tech 301-289-292=882 (+18) 8.Oklahoma 316-288-291=895 (+31) 9.East Tennessee State 300-301-295=896 (+32) Northwestern 300-297-299=896 (+32) 11.Georgia 305-293-299=897 (+33) 12.Duke 304-301-299=904 (+40) 13.Colorado 310-297-300=907 (+43) 14.Kent State 311-303-295=909 (+45) 15.Purdue 316-299-299=914 (+50) 16.Illinois 316-306-306=928 (+64) 17.Virginia 325-313-311=949 (+85) 18.Michigan 328-319-313=960 (+96)



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