May 11, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team travels to Ardmore, Okla., this week to compete the 10th annual Maxwell Invitational on May 12-13 at the Dornick Hills Country Club. The Sooners are hoping to continue the success they enjoyed at the Big 12 Championships where OU finished tied for second place after shooting a three-round total of 904 (+64).

Heading into The Maxwell, Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan is excited about the opportunity to participate in the event.

"We're very much looking forward to The Maxwell," said Ragan. "It's a great golf tournament. We have got a lot of supporters in Ardmore and it's really a great event. The whole city gets behind the tournament and really supports it probably more so than any other tournament we have played in this year."

The Projected Starting Lineup

Kelsey Cline (Sr., Yukon, Okla.)
Making his fourth and final appearance at The Maxwell and 42nd overall as a Sooner . . . tied for 33rd last year in Ardmore . . . led the Sooners for the second straight tournament at the Big 12 Championship, tying for 2nd. . . it was the best finish of his career . . . tied for the second-lowest stroke average on the team with a 74.04.

Matt Cohn (So., La Jolla, Calif.)
His 19th start as a Sooner and second consecutive trip to The Maxwell . . . tied for 26th last year in The Maxwell, shooting a three-round score of 222 . . . has the lowest scoring average on the team this season (73.68) . . . tied for 39th at the Big 12 Championships . . . fired a 71 in the final round to finish with a 239 (+29) . . . was solid at the Morris Williams, shooting rounds of 71 and 72 to tie for ninth at one-under-par . . . it was his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

Martin Flores (Fr., Mansfield, Texas)
Making his first trip to The Maxwell and 12th overall start for the Sooners . . . recorded his best finish as a Sooner at the conference championship finishing tied for seventh . . . rebounded after a tough first round to shoot rounds of 74 and 73 for a final score of 227 (+17) . . . played even-par golf in at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. to finish tied for 41st . . . has now finished in the top 20 six times in his first season as a Sooner . . . currently has a scoring average of 74.61 for the season .

Cody Freeman (Jr., Arnett, Okla.)
This will be his 26th career start for the Sooners and his third trip to The Maxwell . . . tied for 18th last year at The Maxwell after posting a score of 220 . . . tied for 16th at the Big 12 Conference Championships . . . shot a score of 230 (+20) . . . led OU at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tying for fifth . . . fired a first-round 67 (a season- low) and finished with an overall score of 141 (-3) . . . it was his fifth time this season to lead OU at a tournament and it was also his third top-five finish on the year . . . has a scoring average of 74.04 for the season.

John Kidwell (So., Dallas, Texas)
Making his 15th start as a Sooner and second-straight trip to The Maxwell. . . tied for 65th last year in Ardmore . . . recorded this best finish of his career at OU tying for seventh in Hutchinson . . . shot a score of 227 (+17) . . . has a scoring average of 75.18 this season.

Cline leads Sooners to second-place finish at Conference Championship
The University of Oklahoma men's golf team, ranked 16th by Mastercard, shot the low-round of the tournament (288) to finish tied for second with No. 5 Texas at the 2001 Big 12 Men's Golf Tournament in Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

It was the best finish for the Sooners at a conference tournament since the final Big Eight Tournament in 1995 when OU was edged by Oklahoma State in a playoff. This year, OU finished eight strokes ahead of the 11th-ranked Cowboys who were the defending Big 12 Champions.

"I was very pleased with our teams performance at the Big 12 Tournament," said OU Head Coach Jim Ragan.

Senior Kelsey Cline led the Sooners tying for second place (a career-best) after firing the lowest round of the final day (70).

"Kelsey really stepped up and executed for us," said Ragan. "He's been playing really well for the last month and it he showcased that in Hutcinson."

Sophomore John Kidwell and freshman Martin Flores finished tied for seventh with final scores of 227 (+17). Kidwell shot a final-round score of 74 while Flores carded a 73. Flores was five-over-par after the first five holes of the third round and shot two-under-par for the rest of the day. It was the highest finish for both golfers. Kidwell cracked the top-10 of a tournament for the first time in his OU career while Flores did it for the second time in his first season as a Sooner.

OU junior Cody Freeman shot a final-round 74 to tie for 16th with a final score of 230 (+20), while sophomore Matt Cohn rebounded from two tough rounds to fire a 71 in the third round to tie for 39th overall.

"Martin, Cody and John all hung tough today," said Ragan. "They had a lot of opportunities to let up but they just kept on fighting and helped us move up in the tournament. I was extremely pleased to see Matt come back the way he did and shoot such a good score. Obviously, I would have liked to see us shoot 10 strokes lower, but all in all, this was a good tournament for Oklahoma and I think that we will be a better team overall because of it."

In the rankings . . .
In the latest Golfweek District V rankings, OU is second behind OSU . . . sophomore Matt Cohn is ranked 51st in the nation by Golfweek and Cody Freeman is 63rd . . . in the latest Mastercard District V rankings, OU is first. . . individually, Freeman is ranked 23rd in the nation by Mastercard while Cohn is 52nd.

Sooners Going To NCAA Regional
OU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals to be held at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. on May 17-19. If the Sooners make the cut, they would advance to the NCAA Championship Finals, May 30-June 2, at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.

You Heard It Here
Kelsey Cline (On his play at the Big 12 Tournament) - "I'm very satisfied with my play. I had pretty good knowledge of each of the last courses we've played on. I hit the ball very well. I didn't put as well as I would have liked but I did enough to finish in a good position. Obviously, we didn't win the tournament so we're not completely satisfied but it was nice to play well. I think that as a team, we're confident going into The Maxwell."