May 13, 2001

ARDMORE, Okla. - The 16th-ranked University of Oklahoma men's golf team is currently in third place at The Maxwell Intercollegiate in Ardmore, Okla. The Sooners took advantage of the ideal weather conditions to shoot a 278 in the first round to place first. It was the lowest round for an OU team in the history of The Maxwell. OU finished with an overall score of 566 (+6) and trails 15th-ranked and tournament leader Oklahoma State, who concluded the day with a score of 564 (+4).

"I was pleased with the way we played today," said Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Holder. "The weather was perfect and the greens were perfect but there are some pretty dicy lies around the course so if you miss a green you can jump up a bogey or two quickly."

Senior Kelsey Cline led the Sooners firing a 139 (-1) and is currently tie for sixth place. His first round score of 67 was his lowest round of the season since shooting a 68 at The Taylor Made Red River Classic in October. Cline trails the tournament leader, Houston's Andy Sanders, by three strokes. Sanders, who shot a score of 136, is trying to become the only player in the history of The Maxwell to win the tournament twice (Sanders was victorious in 1999).

"Honestly, I thought we were playing a little sloppy this morning," said Oklahoma Head Coach Jim Ragan. "We had some really good holes out there but we gave some of them back as well. We'll just have to come out ready to play tomorrow."

One shot behind Cline is junior Cody Freeman who shot a first-round score of 67 to tie his lowest round of the season. Freeman finished with a total of 140 (E) and stands in ninth place.

Sophomore John Kidwell and sophomore Matt Cohn both shot scores of 145 to tie for 32nd (153, +11). Freshman Martin Flores tied for 55th. OU Senior Rodrigo Breton played as an individual and tied for 19th place shooting rounds of 72 and 71.

The Sooners will be looking for their second tournament victory of the season when play resumes at 7:45 a.m. Sunday morning at Dornick Hills Country Club.