April 12, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's golf team continues its spring season this week when the Sooners invade Tempe, Arizona to compete in the 2001 ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational on April 13-14 at Karsten Golf Course.

After playing in two consecutive tournaments cut short by bad weather, OU Head Coach Jim Ragan and the Sooners are looking forward to competing in better conditions at Arizona amongst some of the top-ranked teams in the country.

"We're excited about playing in this tournament especially considering the size of the field (21 teams)," said Ragan. "This shoud be a nice tune-up for our players going into the Big 12 Championship."

The Sooners are coming off their third-highest finish of the season at the Cleveland Golf/Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas at the Austin Country Club. OU finished with a two-round score of 576 (E) and a mere three strokes behind No. 1 Georgia Tech.

The Projected Starting Lineup

Kelsey Cline (Sr., Yukon, Okla.) - Making his second consecutive start of the spring and 40th overall as a Sooner. . . in Austin, finished tied for 37th after shooting two rounds of 75. . . finished the fall with a scoring average of 74.93 . . . top finish of the season came at the Inverness where he tied for 19th place...tied for 11th at the Morris Williams last spring.

Cline's Career Numbers

StartsRoundsStrokesLow Avg.
391138,42974.6

Matt Cohn (So., LaJolla, Calif.) - His 17th start as a Sooner, he has the lowest scoring average on the team this season with a 72.96 . . . 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 . . . fought through tough weather conditions to lead the Sooners at the Southwestern Intercollegiate tying for ninth with a total score of 147 (+5).

Cohn's Career Numbers

Starts RoundsStrokesLowAvg.
16473,439 6673.2

Martin Flores (Fr., Mansfield, Texas)
- Making his 10th start for the Sooner men's golf team . . . at the Morris Williams, finished the tournament third among Sooner finishers while tying for 14th overall with a two-round score of 144 (E) . . . has now finished in the top 20 five times in his first season as a Sooner . . . currently has a scoring average of 74.8 for the season . . . tied for 15th at the Puerto Rico Classic with a score of 220.

Flores' Career Numbers

StartsRoundsStrokesLowAvg.
951,8707074.8

Cody Freeman (Jr., Arnett, Okla.)
- This will be his 24th career start for the Sooners . . . led OU at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tying for fifth place . . . fired a first-round 67 (a season- low) and finished with an overall score of 141 (-3) . . . it was the fifth time this season Freeman led OU at a tournament and it was also his third top-five finish on the year . . . has a scoring average of 73.37 for the season . . . also led the Sooners at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate and the Puerto Rico Classic. . . finished in sixth place in Hawaii and tied for fifth in Puerto Rico.

Freeman's Career Numbers

StartsRoundsStrokesLowAvg.
23725,29066 73.5

John Kidwell (So., Dallas, Texas)
- Starting the 14th tournament of his OU career. . . tied with Kelsey Cline for 37th in Austin . . . it was his lowest finish of the spring . . . after a tough first round, shot his second-lowest round of the spring (73) in the second round . . . his scoring average of 75.69 this season.

Kidwell's Career Numbers

StartsRoundsStrokesLowAvg.
13433,3316777.5

Sooners Finish in Third at Austin as Bad Weather Cancels Final Round

The Oklahoma men's golf team were denied a golden opportunity to stake their claim as one of the elite programs in college golf this season when the final round of the Cleveland Golf/Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. The Sooners finished in third place and only three strokes behind No. 1/2 Georgia Tech.

No matter the finish, OU Head Coach Jim Ragan was upbeat about his team's play in the aftermath of the tournament

"I thought this tournament was an outstanding boost for our team." said Ragan. "Our players came out in the first round and played very well which is something we've had trouble with this season. Cody (Freeman) really showed what kind of player he is in the first round."

Freeman was brilliant in the first round shooting a 67 that was boosted by an eagle on the third hole. He finished tied for fifth with a final score of 141 (-3).

OU placed two other golfers in the top-14 as sophomore Matt Cohn shot a one-under to tie for ninth. Freshman Martin Flores finished one shot behind Cohn with a final score of 144 (E). The freshman from Mansfield, Texas has now finished in the top 20 five times in his first season.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to finish out the tournament but it was a good effort and something that will definitely help us down the road this season," said Ragan

Mother Nature has not been exactly kind to the Sooner golfers lately. High winds and thrnderstorms have become regulars at stops in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and California.

"The weather is just a part of college golf that you have to deal with," said Ragan. "You would think that we would have a little better luck in avoiding any bad weather considering the locationss we have competed in this spring. But we have a schedule to keep and sometimes the weather doesn't always cooperate."

Sooner Golf Notes and Quotes

Mastercard puts Sooners No. 10 overall and No. 1 in District V

After being ranked 23rd in the preseason poll, OU has moved into the No. 10 spot in the latest Mastercard Rankings released by The College Golf Foundation. The Sooners have now posted six top-five finishes this season. In District V, OU is ranked No. 1 ahead of Big 12 foes Oklahoma State, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and Kansas State.

Freeman and Cohn Move Up In the Rankings
OU junior Cody Freeman is now ranked 15th in the nation according to the latest Mastercard Individual Rankings. Freeman is currently ranked 40th by Golfweek Magazine. Golfweek has OU sophomore Matt Cohn ranked 26th while Mastercard has the La Jolla, Calif. native ranked 34th.

You Heard It Here

Cody Freeman
(On first-round success) - "I was struggling with my game coming into this tournament but coach helped me out with my swing which made a big difference. I parred seven straight holes and all of a sudden I hit two good shots and made an eagle. The wind was blowing hard which made some of the longer holes shorter and my putting came around at the right time."