Up Close With Coach Jim Ragan

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 13, 2001

Feb. 13, 2001

The team has done a good job during the off season preparing for our spring events. We focused on conditioning and academics during November and December. Immediately following the Christmas break we began practice and have continued preparing for the first three tournaments of the spring. Qualifying for the trip to Hawaii is over and J.D. Roberstson won in a playoff with Kelsy Cline to secure a position on the traveling team for the tournament. The players are excited about our upcoming schedule. We are fortunate enough to have been invited to compete in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Southern California for our first three events. I think this gives our team not only a great opportunity to compete but also allows us an opportunity to evaluate our strengths and identify the areas in which we need to improve. The Hawaii trip is one that the players always look forward to. I am excited about the trip because it will allow us to compete against some of the best teams in the country. It also gives us time to practice and improve while we are there. Puerto Rico was started as an east coast alternative to Hawaii for travel reasons. As a result we will see teams that we do not often get to compete against from the eastern part of the country in this event. The Southwestern Intercollegiate has an exceptionally strong field this year and will be a nice end to our three-event swing. The common denominator for each of these tournaments is outstanding weather. Consecutive days in the 70's this time of year is always welcome. We will have almost three weeks between USC's event and our next tournament. This break will allow the players time to pay attention to their class work, get rest, and prepare for the rest of the season.

I believe everyone on the team has a good attitude and is trying to contribute to our team's success. I have been impressed with several members of the team concerning their commitment and results over the past few months. Matt Cohn had a great fall and continues to work hard at developing his game. Cody Freeman almost won the Windon in Chicago and had an overall solid fall. John Kidwell had a nice finish at the Red River Classic and made a lot of birdies at Duke. J.D. Robertson is a steady player that proved himself in both the fall and spring qualifier by tying for low man in both. Freshman Martin Flores played exceptionally well for his first semester. He is a hard worker with a lot of desire and bright future.

I have been quite busy since accepting the coaching position at the University of Oklahoma. My family and I could not be in a better place. I found the golf program in great shape. My intentions are to continue to build on the foundation and hard work that has gone into this program.

I am in the process of creating a procedure manual for the operation of the Coe Center. I am also doing short and long term planning concerning the Coe Center and the practice area. I believe it is important to our program to plan ahead and continue to enhance the practice facility. An immediate need is to repair and maintain our video equipment. I am in the process of getting a quote on repair/upgrading the video system.The memory in our current hard drive is almost full with video swings and the picture quality of our video cameras are poor. At the time the system was installed the quality of the video cameras were the best available for our application. Now that digital mixers are available we can not only improve the quality of the pictures, but more importantly not have to stop and spend lengthy periods of time adjusting the cameras.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter. Our intent is to keep you updated on the golf team's progress and give you insight to what is happening with the program. We will not be playing in front of thousands of spectators this spring, but each player knows that there is a group of you out there that follows the team and cares about what they are doing. I look forward to meeting those of you I have not had the opportunity to see yet. Your support is very much appreciated.

Best Regards,
Coach Jim Ragan



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