Nov. 10, 1999

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team signed highly-recruited Martin Flores of Mansfield, Texas, on Wednesday. Flores, who was the Texas 5A state champion as a sophomore in 1998, chose OU over Texas, Houston, TCU, Arizona and Arkansas.

Oklahoma Head Coach Gregg Grost was elated to land Flores, whose father was an All-America pitcher on Texas' 1975 national championship baseball team.

"One of the things Martin brings to the table is a tremendous golf swing and attitude," said Grost. "He's got a very fluid swing at a young age, it's very natural."

Grost said that Flores' swing reminds him of former players such as Jeff Lee, Grant Masson and Craig Cozby, all of whom were multiple-year All-Americans at OU.

"They all had a natural rhythm to their golf swings which was not hurried," said Grost. "The club is just in all the right places at all the right times."

Grost also added that it was important to land a strong recruit like Flores who has ties to a school such as the University of Texas.

"This is very important to the program," said Grost. "I think it says that the message we're putting out across the country is being heard. This is not a kid that we would normally entice to come across the Red River."

Flores had a strong summer with a third-place finish at the Tom Kite Chrysler Classic on the AJGA Tour, and also an eighth-place showing at the Junior World Championships. He was ranked 25th in the Golfweek/Titleist Amateur Rankings. In the three tournaments he has entered thus far his senior year at Mansfield High School, Flores has recorded two wins and a third-place finish.

Last spring at Mansfield, Flores won three tournaments and finished in the top six in eight of the nine tournaments he entered. His honors included first team all-district medalist, first team all-region and first team All-State. He was voted Most Valuable Player by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Arlington Star-Telegram, and earned Athlete-of-the-Year honors from the Arlington Morning News. He was also voted an All-State selection after his sophomore year at Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas. From 1996-98, Flores entered 20 golf tournaments and recorded eight wins and 18 top-three finishes.

"I've wanted him ever since he was a sophomore when he won the 5A state championship in Texas," said Sooner Assistant Coach Todd Selders. "That's a big tournament to win, especially when you're a sophomore. I think Martin's going to come in and make an impact on this golf team. It's a good situation for us and we're happy to have him."