March 5, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The 15th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team battled through day-long rainstorms to shoot a first-round score of 309 (+25) this afternoon at the Southwestern Intercollegiate in Westlake Villiage, Calif. The Sooners currently stand in 13th place with one round left to play.

Sophomore Matt Cohn led the way for OU tying for 9th overall. Cohn fired a first-round score of 73 (+2) and is only three shots off the lead.

"The weather was real rough today for all the teams," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "I thought that Matt Cohn played really well and put himself in a nice position for tomorrow's round."

Sophomore John Kidwell and freshman Martin Flores each carded rounds of 77 to tie for 38th overall. Junior Cody Freeman posted an 82 to tie for 71st and sophomore Chris Curreton rounded out the scores for OU with a 94.

"When you only play 18 holes, obviously the tournament gets shorter and the scores tend to bunch up," said Ragan. "We're kind of on the wrong side of the bunch right now, but hopefully we'll have an opportunity to play tomorrow and improve our position in the field."

Due to rainstorms, the second round has been suspended until tomorrow and the third round has been canceled. Second-round action of the Southwestern Intercollegiate will begin Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (PST) at the Northranch Country Club.

Team Scores
1. Arizona State 294 (+10)
T2. Oregon State 296 (+12)
T2. Washington 296 (+12)
4. TCU 301 (+17)
5. USC 302 (+18)
T6. Fresno State 304 (+20)
T6. Houston 304 (+20)
T8. Cal-Berkley 305 (+21)
T8. New Mexico 305 (+21)
10. UCLA 306 (+22)
T11. Minnesota 307 (+23)
T11. Oregon 307 (+23)
13. Oklahoma 309 (+25)
14. BYU 310 (+26)
15. Pepperdine 312 (+28)

Top Five Individuals
1. David Yarnes, Oregon State 70 (-1)
T2. Jin Park, Arizona State 71 (E)
T2. Steve Conway, UCLA 71 (E)
T4. Alex Kuyumjian, USC 72 (+1)
T4. Brandon Coats, Fresno State 72 (+1)
T4. Brock Mackenzie, Washington 72 (+1)
T4. Michael Letzig, New Mexico 72 (+1)
T4. Walter Chun, Cal-Berkley 72 (+1)

Oklahoma Individual Scores
T9. Matt Cohn 73 (+2)
T38. John Kidwell 77 (+6)
T38. Martin Flores 77 (+6)
T71. Cody Freeman 82 (+11)
82. Chris Cureton 94 (+23)