March 14, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - No one likes to give their opponent a head start, but that's what the University of Oklahoma men's golf team did during the first two rounds of the Louisiana Classic Intercollegiate in Lafayette, Louisiana on Monday afternoon.

The Sooners, who stand sixth overall with a team score of 590 (+14), gave a huge head start to fellow Big 12 Conference squads Texas A&M, Kansas, Colorado and tournament-leader Baylor (579, +3) with just 18 holes to play. Basically the difference in score between OU and the lead is an opening-round score of 299 (+11).

"We just can't keep giving our opponents big leads and expect that we can come from behind," said OU head coach Gregg Grost. "I thought our guys did a great job fighting back this afternoon. Our score this afternoon (+3, 291) was one of the best in the field and should give just a spark for tomorrow."

The Sooners were paced by junior Kelsey Cline, who stands tied for sixth after shooting an even par 144 for the first two rounds. This is the first action for Cline this spring after battling back from a lower back injury last year.

"Kelsey had a solid day," added Grost. "He was close to having a great day, but just couldn't get a few shots to fall. I think it's a credit to Kelsey to be just seven strokes from the lead considering he's still putting his game together. I hope he comes out tomorrow and plays as well as I think he can."

Team Scores

1. Baylor 289-290-579
2. Texas A&M 290-291-581
3. Kansas 288-295-583
4. Colorado 284-301-585
5. Arizona 290-296-586
6. Oklahoma 299-291-590
7. Louisiana-Lafayette 303-288-591
8. Tulsa 299-295-594
9. Sam Houston State 305-291-596
10. SMU 308-294-602
SW Texas 299-303-602
12. Rice 308-301-609
13. Arkansas 310-300-610
14. Nebraska 313-303-616
15. Missouri 313-304-617

Individual Leaders

1. Matthew Zions, Colorado 67-70-137
2. Aaron Pellegrom, Baylor 72-69-141
Jake Istnick, Kansas 72-69-141
4. Craig Lile, Arkansas 71-72-143

OU Scores

T6. Kelsey Cline 72-72-144
T28. Chris James 77-72-149
T28. J.D. Robertson 77-72-149
T33. Cooper Johnson 75-75-150
T33. Chris Cureton 75-75-150
T33. Cody Freeman 79-71-150